Dr. Efren Buitrago is the Medical Director of the Vascular Institute at Palmetto General Hospital. Dr. Buitrago specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and peripheral vascular surgery. He obtained his medical degree at the Universidad Nacional de Columbia and completed his residency and fellowship in General Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Buitrago's areas of interest and expertise include vascular surgery, endovascular surgery and thoracic surgery. He has participated in many presentations and has had several scientific studies published. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, and the American College of Chest physicians.