The years 1996 to 2007 were witness to tumultuous changes within the specialty of
vascular surgery. Many conventional open surgical interventions were being supplanted
by catheter-based endoluminal procedures, and the identity of the specialty was being
challenged. In 1996 the American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABVS) was proposed and
incorporated by the executive committees of the two national vascular societies, the
Society for Vascular Surgery and the North American Chapter of the International Society
for Cardiovascular Surgery, and supported by the executive committee of the Association
of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. During the succeeding years the ABVS elected
40 directors. Each of the 39 past directors who were alive at the time of preparing
this synopsis were invited to submit a brief commentary representing their personal
perspective about the events of those years, and what impact they have had on our
profession and our patients. Their responses are an appropriate conclusion to the
narrative of those days.
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