Senior academic physicians and retirement considerations

Arthur J. Moss*, Henry Greenberg, Edward M. Dwyer, Helmut Klein, Daniel Ryan, Charles Francis, Frank Marcus, Shirley Eberly, Jesaia Benhorin, Monty Bodenheimer, Mary Brown, Robert Case, John Gillespie, Robert Goldstein, Mark Haigney, Ronald Krone, Edgar Lichstein, Emanuela Locati, David Oakes, Poul Erik Bloch ThomsenWojciech Zareba

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An increasing number of academic senior physicians are approaching their potential retirement in good health with accumulated clinical and research experience that can be a valuable asset to an academic institution. Considering the need to let the next generation ascend to leadership roles, when and how should a medical career be brought to a close? We explore the roles for academic medical faculty as they move into their senior years and approach various retirement options. The individual and institutional considerations require a frank dialogue among the interested parties to optimize the benefits while minimizing the risks for both. In the United States there is no fixed age for retirement as there is in Europe, but European physicians are initiating changes. What is certain is that careful planning, innovative thinking, and the incorporation of new patterns of medical practice are all part of this complex transition and timing of senior academic physicians into retirement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-615
Number of pages5
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic physicians
  • Retirement issues
  • Retirement options


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