The challenges facing cardiothoracic surgeons

Gorav Ailawadi, Irving L. Kron

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The field of cardiothoracic surgery is facing many challenges. Cardiologists and vascular surgeons have developed catheter-based skills to offer minimally invasive therapy, while cardiothoracic surgeons have been slow to embrace new technologies. The future of cardiothoracic surgery will be determined by five unique forces: (1) a decrease in referrals for coronary revascularization; (2) an aging population; (3) a decline in interest in the field of cardiothoracic surgery; (4) a predicted shortage of cardiac surgeons; and (5) the development of new minimally invasive techniques. In this review, each of these influences will be further investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-179
Number of pages5
JournalVascular Disease Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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