VEITH 2019: “It was like the wild west”: Hazim Safi takes a look back at his vascular training years


Nick Cheshire (London, UK) interviews Hazim Safi (Houston, USA) for VEITHtv at VEITH 2019 (19–23 November, New York, USA) about his early training, which Safi describes as being “like the wild west”.

He argues arduous training prevents trainees from learning and believes it is important to instead teach critical thinking rather than “trying to appease” doctors. However, he adds that it is hard to contrast modern training techniques to those when he was a trainee, but adds that he is optimistic about the current generation.

The pair also discuss Safi’s very first thoracabdominal aneurysm repair and how the procedure has changed over time, as well as the future of vascular surgery and aneurysm treatment. Safi concludes by reminiscing on the early techniques in aortic abdominal aneurysm repair and predicts that open repair “is not going to die” in the future.

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