A Surgeon’s Decisions as the Leader of an Interdisciplinary Action Team

  • Rifat LatifiEmail author
  • John A. Stroster
  • Katherine E. Center


In no other clinical discipline is the role of single decision maker as important as it is in surgery. Yet, the surgeon’s decision, as we have seen throughout this book cannot be taken out of multidisciplinary team, and thus has to be incorporated and viewed in that context. While the surgeon is the captain of this complex ship, the leadership skills of the surgeon, not surgical skills alone, will make this process seamless, less cumbersome and will affect the overall outcomes. The aim of this chapter is to review the leadership skills as it pertains to directing the multidisciplinary team approach to surgical disease.


Leadership Communication within surgical action teams Surgical crisis Interpersonal conflict 



There are no identifiable conflicts of interests to report.

The authors have no financial or proprietary interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rifat Latifi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • John A. Stroster
    • 3
  • Katherine E. Center
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryWestchester Medical Center, New York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryBanner University Medical CenterTucsonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Arizona College of MedicineTucsonUSA

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