Geriatric surgery - Evolution of a clinical community

Michael Eric Zenilman, Mark R. Katlic, Ronnie A. Rosenthal

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Background We reviewed the current scientific data and opinions from thought leaders in the field of surgery in the elderly population and queried whether a new society should be formed. Methods The science of geriatric surgery (GS) was reviewed, including topics scientific sessions focused on GS. A town hall meeting was held, which included geriatric surgical scholars. A survey was created to define the interest in GS as a specialty society was sent to surgical scholars. Results As the volume of GS scholarly work has increased, the focus of geriatric science has migrated toward clinical studies on frailty and geriatric syndromes. Our town hall meeting outlined the need for a multidisciplinary GS team. Our survey documented more interest in multidisciplinary sessions at national meetings rather than a new, unique society. Conclusions GS as a discipline is a multidisciplinary practice. Our data suggest that this unique characteristic speaks to the development of a clinical community rather than an independent society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-949
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Clinical community
  • Clinical survey
  • Geriatric surgery
  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Surgery in the elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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