A surgeon’s decisions as the leader of an interdisciplinary action team

Rifat Latifi, John A. Stroster, Katherine E. Center

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In no other clinical discipline is the role of single decision maker as important as it is in surgery. Yet, the surgeon’s decision, as we have seen throughout this book cannot be taken out of multidisciplinary team, and thus has to be incorporated and viewed in that context. While the surgeon is the captain of this complex ship, the leadership skills of the surgeon, not surgical skills alone, will make this process seamless, less cumbersome and will affect the overall outcomes. The aim of this chapter is to review the leadership skills as it pertains to directing the multidisciplinary team approach to surgical disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurgical Decision Making
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond the Evidence Based Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319298245
ISBN (Print)9783319298221
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Communication within surgical action teams
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Leadership
  • Surgical crisis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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