© 2020

Building a Clinical Practice

  • Tracy S. Wang
  • Adam W. Beck

Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The “Nuts and Bolts” of a University-Based Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthew A. Nehs, Adil Haider
      Pages 9-14
    3. Heather Wachtel, Rachel R. Kelz
      Pages 15-21
    4. Thomas K. Varghese Jr
      Pages 23-30
    5. David A. Rogers, Brenessa Lindeman
      Pages 41-51
  3. Balancing Academic Development with Clinical Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Salvatore T. Scali, Scott A. Berceli
      Pages 55-67
    3. Douglas W. Jones, Mary Trovato, Marc L. Schermerhorn
      Pages 89-97
    4. Lesly A. Dossett, Christopher J. Sonnenday, Justin B. Dimick
      Pages 99-105
    5. Jess Fazendin, Lillian Kao, Herb Chen
      Pages 107-111
  4. Finances and Health System Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Sarah E. Tevis, Gregory D. Kennedy
      Pages 115-127
    3. Carrie Y. Peterson
      Pages 135-149
  5. Building a Clinical Practice at Other Sites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151

About this book


This book provides an overview of the unique aspects related to a university based clinical practice. The development of relationships with senior colleagues and referring providers, building multidisciplinary programs within an academic institution, financing of academic medicine, and issues specific to the speciality are discussed.

Building a Clinical Practice aims to highlight the importance of developing a successful clinical practice in an academic setting and to help guide readers through the challenges associated with that process.

This book is relevant to senior surgical trainees and young surgical faculty who are facing the challenges associated with developing a clinical practice.


University Practice Building multidisciplinary programs Academic surgery Financial considerations Health services research

Editors and affiliations

  • Tracy S. Wang
    • 1
  • Adam W. Beck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

About the editors

Adam W. Beck, MD, FACS is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Division Director of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His clinical practice focuses on open and endovascular treatment of complex conditions of the aorta, including thoracoabdominal aneurysms. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama and did his General Surgery training at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, which was followed by a Vascular Surgery fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He also completed a mini-fellowship in branched/fenestrated aortic repair at the Groningen University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands. He has built two busy vascular practices with a focus on aortic surgery, having practiced at the University of Florida for seven years before moving to UAB as the Division Director in 2016.

Tracy S. Wang, MD, MPH, FACS, is currently Professor in the Department of Surgery ​and Vice-Chair of Strategic and Professional Development. Her clinical practice is focused on the surgical endocrine disease of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. She is Chief of the Section of Endocrine Surgery ​(Division of Surgical Oncology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Program Leader for the Endocrine Cancer program at the Froedtert Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. She is the Program Director of the MCW Endocrine Surgery Fellowship. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She completed her surgical residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine.  She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Building a Clinical Practice
  • Editors Tracy S. Wang
    Adam W. Beck
  • Series Title Success in Academic Surgery
  • Series Abbreviated Title Success in Academic Surgery
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-29270-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-29271-3
  • Series ISSN 2194-7481
  • Series E-ISSN 2194-749X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 254
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Surgery
    Medical Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


“This book is written for medical students, residents at all stages of training, fellows, newly graduated surgeons, and surgeons looking to change their setting of practice. … The book meets the needs of this intended audience. … It is an assemblage of information I would have never considered before entering practice, and I fully intend to utilize its contents as I establish my practice.” (Albert C Pai, Doody’s Book Reviews, March 27, 2020)