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Presidential Address
September 15, 2008

The Surgeon: A Changing Profile

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Harbor[[ndash]]University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, Torrance.

Arch Surg. 2008;143(9):827-831. doi:10.1001/archsurg.143.9.827

First, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the members of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association for the honor and privilege of serving as president this past year. It has truly been one of the highlights of my professional career. I have chosen to speak today about the changing profile of the surgeon. The subtitle should read something like “the pride, the passion, and the perpetuation of our profession.” Surgery, and particularly general surgery, is a threatened specialty and I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to be participants in its preservation. With an impending severe manpower shortage, we as surgical practitioners and educators cannot be expected to solve the problem alone. Nevertheless, we must do our part to mitigate the problem through better role modeling, proactive recruitment, and effective mentoring, and we must aggressively pursue the wherewithal to accomplish these things.