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The Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS) was formed in 1981, to provide a forum for PAs working or participating in research in the disciplines of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. During the intervening thirty-six years membership has grown from only a handful to over seven hundred active members. Since its inception, the association has been recognized as the voice of cardiac surgery PAs not only by other professional peer organizations but notably as well by the AATS and STS.

Early on, the stated purpose of the association was to provide continuing medical education for its members. To this end, the association presents one robust educational meeting yearly, with tracks for the sub-specialties and multiple hands-on sessions.  As the profession became stronger, the APACVS has taken a more prominent role in the affairs of all specialty PAs particularly regarding the matters of professional recertification. In addition, a strong relationship with the AATS has developed to the point that the respective governing bodies of both organizations meet yearly to discuss matters of mutual concern.

While much has changed since its beginning, the association still exists to support the PA who works for the physician, and in whatever role, ultimately cares for the patient.  The APACVS is run By PAs, For PAs.




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4/15/2021 » 4/18/2021
APACVS 40th Anniversary Meeting

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Simpsonville, KY 40067-6635
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To be the leader in cardiovascular and thoracic education and the professional development of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgical PAs.  BY PAs, For PAs.

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