Author Interviews, Gender Differences, JAMA, Surgical Research, Vanderbilt / 30.08.2023
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Christopher Wallis, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Urology Department of Surgery University of Toronto and Urologic Oncologist Mount Sinai Hospital MedicalResearch.com: Could you give a little context - what was the question you were looking at?
- We have been studying how the primary treating surgeons sociocultural characteristics impact the recovery of patients they are looking after.
- Specifically, we have been studying the effect of surgeon sex on outcomes such as death, complications and readmission after common and complex surgeries. These are outcomes that are important to patients and the health system.
- Previously, we showed that patients with a female surgeon had better short term (30 day) outcomes than similar patients having surgery with a man. This study asked the question of whether the sex of a patient’s surgeon affects patients’ longer term outcomes at 90 days and 1 year, after surgery.