Cynthia K. Shortell, MD, Vascular Surgeon

Cynthia K. Shortell, MD, Vascular Surgeon


My name is Cynthia Shortell and I’m
the division chief of vascular surgery and also the chief of staff of
the department of surgery. I really do feel like I have the best
job in the world because after all these years that I’ve been doing this job I
still love coming to work every day. I love seeing the people that I work with,
and I love doing the surgeries and helping people. I think the first and most important thing of taking care of a patient is
making that connection with them. Because understanding what that
patient is all about really helps you help them make good decisions
about their health. It’s not my job to tell them what
decision to make about their health. It’s my job to understand what
their priorities are in their life. And, given the information and
the guidance that I can give them from the knowledge
that I have from doing this for so many years, that help them make the right
decision for themselves and their family. A very important part of my personal
practice and something I’m very proud of having built here is something called
our vascular malformation team. We meet monthly and we take care of
these patients, both pediatric and adult with this very, very complicated vascular anomalies from
all over the country, all over the world. And I feel so fortunate that we
are able to do this here at Duke where we have all this great expertise and
all these different doctors from different specialties give of their time just
because they wanna help people. I think that of all the places
I’ve ever been or worked, the most exceptional people that I’ve ever
known in the healthcare field are here. And you will not find a group that is
more dedicated to doing the right thing, to taking care of patients
to compassionate. Care of the patient, and
to being the most excellent physicians, teachers and researchers that they can be. And any patient who comes here is
gonna benefit from having individuals that have that combination of
skills to deploy in their care.


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