SVS Surgical Coaching Program

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The SVS Wellness Committee has paired together with the Academy for Surgical Coaching to design a 3-month program that aims to improve the skills, wellness, decision-making, teamwork, and self-awareness of all who join. Throughout this 3-month program, you and your coach will meet 4 times in a virtual setting and will work to achieve a set goal.

Your paired coach will:

  • Assist you in taking on problems causing frustration and delay in the operating room (OR)
  • Provide expert, personalized feedback on your technique
  • Creatively brainstorm with you to help implement new ways of doing procedures 
  • Serve as someone who can help you with difficult professional situations 
  • Hold you accountable to making change  

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Surgeon Wellness

Surgeon wellness is an often overlooked, but vitally important component in the lives of all surgeons. The Surgical Coaching Program aims to build surgeon wellness through: 

  • Conversations with a colleague/peer who can listen to you and ask good, thought-provoking questions in confidence
  • Building a sense of control in your practice 
  • Working through OR problems you may be experiencing 
  • Encouraging and guiding you to step back, slow down and be more thoughtful in your practice 
  • Assisting in personal growth and mastery 

Surgical Coaches

Each surgical coach in the program has received training on coaching principles so they can be an effective guide as you fulfill your goals. The below surgeons are available to work with program participants: 

Shipra Arya, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Vascular Surgery
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

Erica Mitchell, MD, MEd
Professor, Surgery
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Memphis, TN

Carlos Bechara, MD
Program Director, Surgery
Loyola University Medical Center
River Forest, IL

Elina Quiroga, MD, MPH
Associate Profesor
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Jean Bismuth, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery
Houston Methodist
Houston, TX

Amy Reed, MD
Professor, Surgery
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Dawn Coleman, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics; LTC USAR, MC, Surgery, Section of Vascular Surgery
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Vincent Rowe, MD
Professor of Surgery
Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Laura Drudi, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Russell Samson, MD
Clinical Professor of Vascular Surgery
Florida State University College of Medicine
Sarasota, FL

Matt Eagleton, MD
Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Jessica Simons, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital
Worcester, MA

John Eidt, MD
Vice Chair, Vascular Surgery
Baylor University
Dallas, TX

Ravi Veeraswamy, MD
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
The Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Mark Mattos, MD
Michigan State University

Gabriela Velazquez, MD
Associate Professor
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Daniel McDevitt, MD
Peachtree Vascular Specialists
Stockbridge, GA

Max Wohlauer, MD
University of Colorado Medicine
Aurora, CO