Vascular surgery encompasses the diagnosis and comprehensive, longitudinal management of disorders of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems, exclusive of the intracranial and coronary arteries. Diplomates in vascular surgery should have significant experience with all aspects of treating patients with all types of vascular disease, including diagnosis, medical treatment, and reconstructive vascular surgical and endovascular techniques.
In addition, diplomates in vascular surgery should possess the advanced knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive care to patients with vascular disease; understand the needs of these patients; teach this information to others; provide leadership within their organizations; conduct or participate in research in vascular disorders; and demonstrate self-assessment of their outcomes.
The vascular surgeon must have advanced knowledge and experience with the management of vascular problems including:
To become considered certified by the ABS, a vascular surgeon must first meet the training requirements and related criteria in order to enter the initial certification examination process.
The ABS Booklet of Information for Vascular Surgery is published annually to outline the requirements for board certification in vascular surgery. Potential applicants are encouraged to review it.
Candidates will be expected to be aware of and abide by all policies related to initial certification in vascular surgery throughout the certification process.