The Evolving Surgeon Shortage in the Health Reform Era

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11605-011-1430-0

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Sheldon, G.F. J Gastrointest Surg (2011) 15: 1104. doi:10.1007/s11605-011-1430-0


The evolving surgeon shortage is occurring at a time of societal change. For one of the first times in history, a scientific revolution is occurring while the organization of health care is also changing. With a demand for a more quality health care and a population that has both aged significantly and grown by ten million citizens each decade, the shortage of health care providers is problematic. For surgery, the shortage is particularly challenging. In 1981, 1047 surgeons were certified by the American Board of Surgery; in 2008, that number had dropped to just 909.


Surgeon shortage Health care Change 

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© The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery and Social MedicineUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services ResearchUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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