Academic careers and lifestyle characteristics of 171 transplant surgeons in the ASTS

L. S. Florence, S. Feng, C. E. Foster, J. P. Fryer, K. M. Olthoff, E. Pomfret, P. A. Sheiner, H. Sanfey, G. L. Bumgardner

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This manuscript reports the demographics, education and training, professional activities and lifestyle characteristics of 171 members of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). ASTS members were sent a comprehensive survey by electronic mail. There were 171 respondents who were 49 ± 8 years of age and predominantly Caucasian males. Female transplant surgeons comprised 10% of respondents. ASTS respondents underwent 15.6 ± 1.0 years of education and training (including college, medical school, residency and transplantation fellowship) and had practiced for 14.7 ± 9.2 years. Clinical practice included kidney, pancreas and liver organ transplantation, living donor surgery, organ procurement, vascular access procedures and general surgery. Transplant surgeons also devote a significant amount of time to nonsurgical patient care, research, education and administration. Transplant surgeons, both male and female, reported working approximately 70 h/week and a median of 195 operative cases per year. The anticipated retirement age for men was 64.6 ± 8.6 and for women was 62.2 ± 4.2 years. This is the largest study to date assessing professional and lifestyle characteristics of abdominal transplant surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-271
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Career
  • clinical practice
  • lifestyle
  • transplant surgeon
  • transplant surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy


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