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Attrition of the Cardiothoracic Surgeon-Scientist: Definition of the Problem and Remedial Strategies
Surgeon-scientists have been instrumental in many breakthroughs that have improved the lives of millions of patients. However, despite the many rewards that a career as a surgeon-scientist offers, the number of surgeons pursuing such a path has been steadily declining.
In this thoughtful editorial, Dr Ikonomidis and other cardiothoracic leaders explore the root causes for this decline and possible solutions for keeping a surgeon-scientist activity.