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The Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery: Our Independent Board

  • Thomas S. Huber
    Correspondence
    Correspondence: Thomas S. Huber, MD, PhD, Edward R. Woodward, Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, Florida 32610-0128, PH: 352-273-5484, FAX: 352-273-5515
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    Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, Florida
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  • Edward R. Woodward
    Correspondence
    Correspondence: Thomas S. Huber, MD, PhD, Edward R. Woodward, Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, Florida 32610-0128, PH: 352-273-5484, FAX: 352-273-5515
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    Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, Florida
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Published:August 12, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avsg.2022.07.011
      It is undeniable that the current practice of vascular surgery evolved from its roots in general surgery. Many of the major operations that define our discipline were originally described in the mid-1950s and I hold the pioneers of open vascular surgery in the same awe as those that developed the more recent endovascular therapies. It was incredibly bold to replace the infrarenal aorta with a prosthetic graft or to revascularize the lower torso from a single axillary artery, similar to the unfathomable concept that a fabric covered stent could effectively repair an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm. Indeed, I can remember listening to Dr. Marion DeWeese, one of these original pioneers, as a medical student describing his wife sewing a prototype aortic graft in their basement.
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