Northwestern Vascular Surgery Fellowship 2020-2021

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Division of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, is an ACGME accredited surgical training program. Established by renowned leaders in the field, Drs. Bergan and Yao in 1974, the traditional fellowship training program has a total of two trainees per year, resulting in an aggregate of four fellows. The training experience of the fellows is gained during rotations at Northwestern Medicine in vascular surgery (12 months), interventional radiology (2 months), research (2 months), blood flow laboratory (2 months), as well as the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Hospital (6 months). In addition, the integrated vascular residency was established by Dr. Eskandari in 2009 with ACGME approval. In this track, one resident per year is accepted into the program with 5 years of clinical training and an additional 2 years of optional research experience. There exists a strong collegial interaction between vascular surgery and other subspecialties (i.e. cardiology and radiology) which results in a robust training experience using cutting edge technologic tools. Additionally, the faculty members of the division (Drs. Ho, Hoel, Eskandari, Rodriguez, Tomita, and Vavra) are actively involved in a number of clinical trials ranging from carotid stenting and other peripheral interventions to aortic stent grafting. This type of environment lends itself to a busy clinical practice and an active clinical research program in which the fellows participate as well. All fellows complete their training with at least 2-3 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 2-3 book chapters, and 4-6 national presentations. Historically, those who have completed their training at Northwestern have predominately pursued careers in academic vascular surgery after achieving board certification in vascular surgery. Additionally, trainees gain a vast endoluminal experience allowing them to obtain privileges at future employment positions. To complement our ACGME accredited fellowship program, the Division of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern University was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) entitled “Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program” (VSSTP) to train residents in research techniques. The original grant was first funded in 2009 and partially supports two years of training for two incoming trainees per year (a total of four trainees at any one time). Our initial trainees have published extensively and have received several awards and grants. One of our trainees received a grant from the American Heart Association for an additional two years of research. This T32 grant program is in its third 5-year renewal. We are excited that our training program has encouraged these trainees to continue in the path of a vascular surgery academic career. This training program addresses a growing need in American healthcare – the need for vascular surgeon-scientists who can develop new ways to treat the ever-increasing problem of vascular disease in America’s aging population. We have assembled a very well qualified team to mentor young surgeon-scientists to help them reach this goal. The VSSTP has been very successful in attracting and training highly qualified surgical residents who have performed well and gone on to pursue careers in vascular surgery and vascular disease research.
Effective start/end date7/1/206/30/21


  • Becton, Dickinson and Company (Grant 60278477)


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