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Surgeons, Surgical Research, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chhabra, Karan R. MD, MSc∗,†,‡; Lillemoe, Keith D. MD§

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doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003970
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a once-in-a-lifetime shock to our world and our profession. Although not a “surgical” condition, COVID-19 has changed surgeons’ lives in palpable ways: from the care we are called to provide, to the way we protect ourselves from infection, to the way we lead and support colleagues and loved ones through this crisis. No surgeon's life is going to be untouched—it is our responsibility to care for those in need while limiting the disease's spread.

To help surgeons and patients in these unprecedented times, Annals of Surgery has offered rapid review and production for manuscripts related to COVID-19. We have also reimagined our role as a journal, redeploying our social media presence to disseminate breaking content under the #COVID19surgery hashtag. In this and the next issue, we are releasing our first wave of peer-reviewed articles addressing COVID-19 for surgeons: from its clinical course, to infection prevention, to its impact on departments and trainees. We are making all articles available open access, to eliminate all the barriers we can to accessing this important work. In this time of profound uncertainty, the need for high-quality research has never been more acute, and we thank the clinicians and researchers on the front lines of this effort.

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