Critical shortage of cardiothoracic surgeons, must train more surgeons now to meet future needs

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  • My father had cardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic this summer, truly an amazing experience
  • It got me thinking about the talent involved in that particular profession
  • In 2010 there were 4,000 cardiothoracic surgeons who performed more than 530,000 cases
  • By 2030, there will be about only 3,000 cardiothoracic surgeons available to cover about 854,000 cases
  • Looking ahead to 2035,  there is a growing disparity between the number of cardiothoracic surgeons needed and the number available
  • With an overall 61% increase in the number of cases, the researchers anticipate a 54% increase in heart surgery cases, a 70% increase in lung cancer cases, and a 64% increase in esophageal cancer cases
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery estimates that cardiothoracic surgeons would have to increase their caseload by 121% to meet demand which is not feasible.

Story Source:Materials provided by American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

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