Vascular Surgeon

Work to keep your patient's blood pumping smoothly.

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~ $215,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Vascular Surgeons do?

Every system in the human body has a purpose. They help us move, breathe, think, and react. The vascular system, with its spectacular abilities, is no exception. Vascular Surgeons know this, and work to keep blood pumping throughout the body.

Vascular Surgeons also respond when there’s a blockage or other life-threatening emergency. Typically, though, they don’t handle cases that directly involve surgery of the brain or heart, as those areas are handled by Neurosurgeons.

As a Vascular Surgeon, you see patients in an office, clinic, or hospital setting. To get a feel for what’s going on with the patient, you ask questions and evaluate symptoms. You might also order noninvasive tests in an effort to “see” the patient from the inside out.

With a diagnosis in hand, you create a treatment plan. That might mean putting the patient on medication or heading into surgery.

Out of your office and in the operating room, the surgeries you face commonly help fix damage from disease or blood flow issues. For example, you might insert a stent, use a catheter to open an artery, or even create a new path for blood vessels.

Every case is different, so this job gives you variety. One day, you might see several patients in your office; another day, you’re in the emergency room assisting Trauma Surgeons and Cardiac Surgeons. This career provides a rewarding sense of satisfaction, and keeps you challenged with new technology and treatment options.

Should I be a Vascular Surgeon?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Cardiovascular Surgeon

    How to become a Vascular Surgeon

    Most Vascular Surgeons have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaaa9&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||doctorate+%2899%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,99
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