Vascular Surgery Fellowship
University Hospitals Fellowship Program Trains Future Leaders
Since 1991, the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center has been offering a two-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship program.
In the program, five full-time, board-certified vascular surgeons are dedicated to training fellows as they pursue their board certification in vascular surgery. One fellow is appointed annually, so there are two fellows on the vascular surgery service at any given time.
Emphasis on Academics and Clinical Responsibilities
Our fellowship is structured to incorporate both clinical and academic responsibilities in both years of training. The emphasis in the first year is academic, with engagement in:
- Basic and clinical research
- Abstract and manuscript writing
- Critical appraisal of literature during conference, national meeting/conference attendance
- Instruction in vascular laboratory studies
Clinical responsibilities include daily inpatient/outpatient care, open and endovascular surgery, and a shared call schedule with the senior fellow.
During the second year of training, the senior fellow's responsibilities are more clinical in nature. These include leading the vascular surgery service, comprised of a post graduate year (PGY-1) and a clinical nurse, in conjunction with instruction from the five vascular surgeon staff members on daily patient management.
The senior fellow also runs our twice-weekly conference, which includes interesting angiographic cases, journal club, morbidity and mortality conference, and vascular laboratory didactics.
All fellows are required to sit for the Vascular Surgery In-Training Exam (VSITE) annually. Fellows perform home-call and have the support of an in-house surgical resident night float team (PGY-5, PGY-2 and two PGY-1).
Outpatient Clinic and Surgical Experience
Fellows operate and provide care at UH Cleveland Medical Center for most of their training. Outpatient clinic experience is allocated to an average of half day a week at UH Cleveland Medical Center and UH Ahuja Medical Center.
Expansion in the breadth of training will incorporate rotations at Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Hospital and MetroHealth Medical Center in the near future.
Fellows perform procedures such as:
- Open abdominal and lower extremity bypass for occlusive disease
- Open thoracoabdominal repairs for aneurysms
- Carotid revascularization
- Hemodialysis access
- Venous surgery
The full complement of endovascular surgeries are also taught at UH, including:
- Carotid stenting
- Endograft repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Peripheral vascular angioplasty
- Stenting of renal, mesenteric and lower extremity arteries
- Venous ablation