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The world of cardiac surgery, not unlike the societies of the world, is ever shrinking.  With the proliferation of the PA profession around the world (PAs are now found in 17 countries and growing), the APACVS has taken the lead in international engagement with Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery and CVT Critical Care PAs and members of the team across the globe.


We have close connections with CVT PAs in India, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.  We also have initiated relationships with PA equivalent professions, who practice in CVT Surgery, in England and South Korea.  At the most recent APACVS meeting in Miami, we had representation from these countries and engaged in discussions with them regarding professional practice and professional societies - mostly centered around how they could copy what we have done with the APACVS and create a robust professional society for Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery and CVT Critical Care PAs in their countries.  




Indian PA National Leader Anitha Chandrasekhar was a keynote speaker at the APACVS Meeting  in Miami. She has been a Cardiac Surgery PA in India for 15 years and has a tremendous experience in cardiac transplant surgery, some of which she shared with our audience at the 37th Annual meeting.




Recently our Executive Director toured several cities in Germany, meeting with German PAs, Hospital Administrators, Chief Medical Officers, Program Faculty, Representatives of the various Medical Societies and Medical Unions, advocating for the young German PA profession. The founder of the first German PA school and staunch advocate of PAs in Germany and around the world, Dr. Marcus Hoffman, has been an invited faculty at our annual meetings.






APACVS Executive Director, David Lizotte, a cardiothoracic PA with 23 years experience, meets with the CMO and Chief of Cardiac Services of a Hospital near Frieberg, Germany. As was common in years past, both spent time in the US during their training and had positive experiences with PAs. They have hosted a number of PA students for clinical rotations and are impressed with their clinical skills and professionalism.






Mr.Lizotte lectured on the role of PAs in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the US to faculty and staff of a large Private Cardiac Surgery program in Karlsruhe, Germany. Karlsruhe is home to the first German PA school, It was started by Dr, Marcus Hoffman and was designed in the US model.





The APACVS will continue to engage with Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgical and CVT Critical Care PAs from around the world. We have much to offer to them but also can learn a thing or two from them. For example, PAs in the Netherlands have had autonomous practice for years.

The goal of the APACVS is to be the international leader for PAs who practice in our sub-specialties.  By PAs, For PAs.

We will keep you updated on our social media and via CardioVision.










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