Every day, CT surgeons transform the lives of their patients around the world.
The AATS Graham Foundation has been nurturing CT specialists for decades. Today, we are a leader in advancing global innovation in CT surgery through our fellowships and research scholarships. Our programs impact the skills of CT surgeons worldwide at every professional level and support vital research leading to new treatments, cutting-edge technologies and improved transplant management.
As the world population ages, the incidence of cardiovascular disease will continue to grow. In 1950, 205 million people in the world were 60-years-old and older. The number of older individuals increased to almost 810 million in 2012 and is estimated to more than double to two (2) billion in 2050.1 In addition, there are many areas of the globe where prevention, treatment and management of cardiac diseases are neither accessible nor affordable and where surgeons cannot get the advanced skill training they need to be effective.
At the same time, the demand for CT surgeons could grow by as much as 46 percent, raising concerns that the number of qualified specialists might shrink — impacting quality of care.2
That’s why our work is essential.
Many of today’s leaders in the field benefitted from our programs early in their careers. Current and future generations of CT surgeons deserve the same opportunities.
In 2016, our programs will give CT surgeons, residents and medical students the ability to enhance their skills and underwrite their research.
Help us to advance education, research and innovation for CT surgeons worldwide. Be part of this important work and help us ensure that CT surgeons can provide their patients with the highest quality of care. Join the individuals, corporations and organizations that are investing in present and future CT surgeons.
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1United National Population Fund, Aging in the Twenty-first Century: A Celebration and A Challenge, pg.1, http://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/resource-pdf/UNFPA-Report-Chapter1.pdf.
2Grover et al, “Shortage of Cardiovascular Surgeons is Likely by 2020,” Circulation, 2009; 120: 488-494, http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/120/6/488. full (Sources of Funding: This work was supported by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.)