Dr. Peter Lin on Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

PLDr. Peter Lin is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy at the Baylor College of Medicine AND our new Editor in Chief of the journal Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (VES). Widely revered for his work, Dr. Lin has received some prestigious awards and has brought remarkable success to the Baylor College of Medicine. We are honored to bring him on as a new SAGE Editor!

How does Dr. Lin feel about coming on as the new editor?

“I am very honored to serve as Editor and will do my best to make this a wonderful journal.”

Read below to find out more about Dr. Lin and the future of VES.

1.      How did you originally get involved with the journal?

I submitted articles to the journal as a research fellow while receiving my vascular training at Emory University (1998-2000). Over the next 10-15 years, I also had the opportunity to serve as an author, contributor, and reviewer of the journal. I became the Editor of the journal upon answering an email request sent out by a SAGE Editor.

Being an Editor is something that I had always found to be very gratifying. As the Associate Editor of various journals over the last ten years, I have found it very rewarding to be able to guide a well-written article into a publishable format and to disseminate information in a scientific form so that other readers worldwide have the opportunity to look at and review the scientific work.

ves2.      How is VES different from other journals in the field?

As the title of the journal indicates, it is geared to a surgical audience – specifically vascular surgeons and endovascular physicians in a surgical field. Vascular surgery has gone through a significant evolution over the last ten years because of the explosion of endovascular techniques. If you look at a lot of different journals that study endovascular therapies, there is a very different perspective as to how those therapies are performed for specialty surgeries. Because VES is broadly tailored towards surgeons, you get a uniform perspective for a variety of specialty physicians. In a way, the journal provides a more comprehensive view in terms of treatment modality. Surgeons submit work based on all types of vascular and endovascular surgery and the audience and authors tend to be more well-rounded.

3.      What are some future plans for the journal?

We are obviously concerned with increasing circulation and subscriptions, but I would also like to increase the quality of articles published and the scientific value and awareness of the journal in the scientific community.

I would also like to see more participation from authors from outside of the U.S. such as European, Asian, and South American colleagues. SAGE has a tremendous infrastructure in terms of publishing a variety of scientific journals across the globe and a great global social media effort. I plan to use this to help leverage the journal around the world.

Additionally, the U.S. has approximately 120 vascular fellows and there are 700-800 outside of the U.S. We plan to encourage these trainees to submit to the journal to bring awareness worldwide.

4.      What tips would you give to a researcher trying to get published in VES?

My word of advice would be to be persistent and to not get discouraged. Invariably in the process of submitting a paper for publication, major revisions and even rejections are called for. Keep a positive attitude and keep working on whatever revisions need to be made because once a work is published, the impact of that effort can be shared amongst thousands and potentially millions of global researchers. It takes persistence and patience to make that happen.

I’m an expert at receiving rejections –it’s always discouraging, but if you keep up the effort to fine tune, revise, and even rewrite, it is a rewarding moment to see your peer reviewed article has been published.

5.      In addition to your work on the journal, you also work as the chief of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy and program director the Vascular Surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine, and consultant and attending vascular surgeon at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, the Ben Taub General Hospital, and the St. Joseph Medical Center. What advice would you give to a busy academic struggling to keep up with his or her many commitments?

First of all, I want to point out that I work as part of a group with eight other physicians who work at these various hospitals. I am surrounded by colleagues who are very collaborative and by a phenomenal group of fellows. Additionally, Baylor College is very encouraging and very supportive of academic endeavors such as research and publishing.

In terms of advice for other academic physicians, for me, my work is something that I am very passionate about. I would encourage those who are interested in academic surgery or academic medicine to first find their passion and then find a balance for academic and personal life. Once you find something that you love to do, the work is not as hard or laborious.

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