2023 Presidential Leadership Scholar Dr. Anahita Dua is a vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. She recently published an op-ed in the New York Times discussing her work advocating for a standard for treating advanced peripheral artery disease.
“Medicine needs a standard for treating advanced peripheral artery disease and an incentive structure to enforce it so that hospitals and doctors amputate only as a last resort. To do that, we need large, government-funded population studies of peripheral artery disease patients. This will help vascular experts determine what the average amputation rate should be for patients with certain disease patterns and characteristics.”