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SVS 2019: Why the proposed NICE guidelines are “not so nice”

William Jordan (Atlanta, USA) talks to talks to Vascular News at the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM; 12–15 June 2019, National Harbor, USA) about the new draft NICE guidelines and why, in his words, they are “not so nice”.

Despite being evidence driven and having some “helpful information” the guidelines, according to Jordan, are “a little bit skewed too far away from endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for aortic aneurysms”. One of the challenges, he reports, is that “we do not have a very good understanding of which patients truly have a safer repair with EVAR”.

Jordan, William

William Jordan is the current chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Upon completing his vascular surgery fellowship at Emory in 1994, where he also obtained his MD, Dr. Jordan returned to the site of his general surgery residency, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was appointed chief of vascular surgery at UAB in 1996, program director of the vascular surgery fellowship in 2002, and the Holt A. McDowell, Jr., Professor and Director of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in 2007. He also initiated the integrated vascular residency in 2010. He returned to Emory in 2016 to direct the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. His clinical and research interests encompass the minimally invasive treatment of aortic diseases, carotid artery diseases, and peripheral vascular diseases.

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