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Bruce A. Perler, MD, MBA, Elected President-Elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery

Bruce A. Perler, MD, MBA, was elected President-Elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), an international medical society with 5,000 members, at the society’s annual meeting in Boston in June.

He is Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Finance in the Department of Surgery, Chief Emeritus, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, and Director of the Vascular Noninvasive Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also holds the appointment of Julius H. Jacobson II, Professor of Surgery, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, and the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Cases, the society’s premier peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr. Perler says, “With the unprecedented growth in the elderly segment of the population in whom vascular disease predominates in this country and throughout the western world, and with the dramatic changes related to health care reform in this country,  SVS has an enormous responsibility to educate the public, referring physicians, administrators and payers about vascular disease and the unique and distinctive competencies of vascular surgeons in order to optimize the vascular health of our patients.”

He completed his internship and residency in general surgery, and his vascular surgery fellowship, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Perler received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Perler and his wife Patti have two children. Mason recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in computer science and lives in Boston where he works for a multinational dotcom retailer. Rachel is a sophomore at Yale University.

The Society for Vascular Surgery advances the care and knowledge about vascular disease, which affects the veins and arteries of the body, to improve lives everywhere. It counts more than 5,000 medical professionals worldwide as members, including surgeons, physicians and nurses. For more information about vascular health and the society, please visit the society's website, www.vascularweb.org.