Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mass General vascular surgeon named president-elect of medical society

Richard P. Cambria, MD

Richard P. Cambria, MD, chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery for the Mass General Vascular Canter, was named 2010-2011 president-elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) during its annual meeting in June. SVS is a professional medical society that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through advocacy, education, research and public awareness.

Dr. Cambria will become president of the SVS in June 2011 and will lead the organization of nearly 3,500 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other vascular disease medical professionals for a one year term. The SVS also owns and operates the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Cambria will be the fourth Mass General surgeon to hold this position since the society was founded in 1946.

"This is an important role because the SVS is setting the professional direction of our specialty and all that that entails, from the clinical and patient care mission to the research and education missions," said Dr. Cambria, who is also co-director of the Mass General Thoracic Aortic Center.

As president, Cambria says one of his personal goals is to increase the number of vascular surgeons who are educated in the specialty each year.

Dr. Cambria is a national leader in the field of a vascular surgery and has co-authored more than 250 scientific papers and textbook chapters of the subject. His clinical and research interests include spinal cord protection in complex aortic reconstruction, thoracic and thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair, renovascular disease, and carotid artery disease.

"Dr. Cambria's contributions to the SVS and the specialty of vascular surgery are outstanding," said Anton Robert Zwolak, MD, the current SVS president. "He has served in several high-level SVS positions including SVS' recorder. In this position, he produced and managed the programs for the Vascular Annual Meeting in 2007 and 2008."

He is also the immediate past president of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery.

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is one of the seven clinical disciplines that encompass the Vascular Center. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that each of the Center’s patients have access to the highest levels of expertise in treating their individual conditions.

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