Dr. Sachdev-Ost is currently the site chief of vascular surgery at Magee Women’s Hospital, the associate program director of the vascular surgery residency and fellowship at UPMC and was recently appointed as an associate editor for clinical research focused on diversity, equity and inclusion at JVS.
Dr. Hazim J. Safi earned his medical degree at the University of Baghdad and completed his general surgery internship at Medical City Teaching Hospital in Baghdad and St. James Hospital in London, England. He completed his general surgery followed by his cardiothoracic residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, studying under Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Stanley Crawford.
In this second episode from our series on race and representation in medicine, we focus on the challenges of recruitment and retention of racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in medicine (URM) to vascular surgery. We are very pleased to have with us a number of guests at different levels of training to discuss their experiences and insights.
Dr. Victoria Teodorescu (Dr. T) recounts the people that tried to discourage her on her road to medicine, including her own program director who had told her that “women with children don’t belong in surgery.” Despite all the obstacles, Dr T was able to become Chief of Vascular Surgery at Bronx VA Medical Center where she instituted a diabetic foot clinic to combat emergency amputations for foot infections.
In light of the events unfolding across the country over the past few weeks, The Society for Vascular Surgery's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force and the Wellness Task Force sponsored a webinar around race in America and its impact on our field. We at Audible Bleeding thought this was an excellent start, and we would hope to keep the conversation going.
Dr. Melina R. Kibbe, MD, is the Colin G. Thomas, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She discusses some of her basic science work and how she balances it with being a busy vascular surgeon.
Dr. Gilbert Upchurch is the Edward R. Woodward Professor and Chair of Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine and the 2019 president of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. He joins us to discuss changes he sees in vascular surgery.
Dr. Julie Freischlag is the dean of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the CEO of the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She discusses with us mentorship, leadership and diversity in healthcare and pointers for thoracic outlet surgery.
Dr. Venita Chandra is an associate professor of Surgery and the associate program director for the vascular surgery fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Chandra is also the founder of the Stanford Limb Salvage Initiative called the StEPP program or Stanford Extremity Preservation Program and is going to talk to us today about limb preservation among other things.