Social media in vascular surgery

J Vasc Surg. 2013 Apr;57(4):1159-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2012.09.065. Epub 2013 Jan 12.


There has been a tremendous growth in the use of social media to expand the visibility of various specialties in medicine. The purpose of this paper is to describe the latest updates on some current applications of social media in the practice of vascular surgery as well as existing limitations of use. This investigation demonstrates that the use of social networking sites appears to have a positive impact on vascular practice, as is evident through the incorporation of this technology at the Cleveland Clinic and by the Society for Vascular Surgery into their approach to patient care and physician communication. Overall, integration of social networking technology has current and future potential to be used to promote goals, patient awareness, recruitment for clinical trials, and professionalism within the specialty of vascular surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information
  • Blogging / organization & administration*
  • Consumer Health Information
  • Humans
  • Marketing of Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Practice Management, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Social Media / organization & administration*
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / organization & administration*