Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 1334–1342

Will There Be a Good General Surgeon When You Need One? (Part II) Solutions and Taking Back General Surgery

  • Richard Smith
  • Steven C. Stain
  • David W. McFadden
  • Samuel R. G. Finlayson
  • Daniel B. Jones
  • The Public Policy & Advocacy Committee of the SSAT
  • KMarie Reid-Lombardo
Original Article



Multiple reports have cited the looming shortage of physicians over the next decades related to increasing demand, an aging of the population, and a stagnant level in the production of new physicians. General surgery shares in this problem, and the specialty is “stressed” by a declining workforce related to increasing specialization that leaves gaps in emergency, trauma, and rural surgical care.


The Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Policy and Advocacy Committee sponsored panel discussions regarding the general surgery workforce shortage at the Digestive Disease Week 2012 and 2013 meetings. The 2012 panel focused on defining the problem. This is the summation of the series with the solutions to the general surgery workforce shortage as offered by the 2013 panel.


Surgeon Shortage Health care policy Affordable health care act Advocacy Workforce SSAT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Smith
    • 1
  • Steven C. Stain
    • 2
  • David W. McFadden
    • 3
  • Samuel R. G. Finlayson
    • 4
  • Daniel B. Jones
    • 4
  • The Public Policy & Advocacy Committee of the SSAT
    • 5
  • KMarie Reid-Lombardo
    • 6
  1. 1.Tripler Army Medical CenterHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryAlbany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryUniversity of ConnecticutFarmingtonUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  5. 5.Society for Surgery of the Alimentary TractBeverlyUSA
  6. 6.Department of SurgeryMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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