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Residency and Fellowship

The Section of Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan offers two different pathways for surgical training: a five-year Integrated Vascular Surgical Residency, and a two-year Fellowship Program.

Our goal is to train "the Leaders and the Best" in vascular surgery by stressing compassion, technical excellence, mature judgement, leadership skills, and research experience.

What's special about surgical training at Michigan?

Where some programs excel in only one or two areas, our faculty is made up of surgeons and researchers with a wealth of expertise in every major subspecialty of vascular surgery. They teach traditional and cutting-edge treatments for aneurysmal and occlusive diseases of the arterial system, venous disease and coagulation issues, carotid endarterectomy, vertebral system surgery, mesenteric and renal ischemia repair, and more. From traditional open vascular repair to the latest in minimally invasive endovascular techniques, it is all covered during training.

Because of this clinical depth, a trainee can expect to perform a wide range of procedures during their time in the program. It is not uncommon for our residents to come back from a national conference and relate how amazed their peers in other programs were when they told them about their case load at the University of Michigan.

Aside from their clinical and technical skills, our faculty are also leaders in the field of vascular disease research, constantly working to discover and improve upon new treatments in all areas of vascular surgery, including cerebrovascular disorders, aortic aneurysm pathogensis and treatments, ischemic reperfusion injuries, venous thrombosis development and resolution, computational flow analysis, and new endovascular techniques. Between them, our faculty has been awarded several RO1 grants, as well as other generous funding.

In addition to the people that make our program special, we also have an amazing facility in the Cardiovascular Center, the new 425,000 square foot, $215 million building that includes a 24-bed surgical post-procedure ICU, 24 vascular general/moderate care beds, nine cardiac procedure rooms, four cardiac surgery operating rooms, two vascular surgery operating rooms, two general thoracic operating rooms, two endovascular procedure labs and 36 clinic exam rooms.

In this program, we are not content to just create competent vascular surgeons. We want to train the future leaders of the field–both the academically-minded and those wishing to go into private practice. Excellence is mandatory for a prospective trainee in this program, as we demand much from our residents and fellows. Along these lines, we stress from the beginning that "surgery is not a contact sport," as Dr. Stanley says. Here, we expect everyone in our section to act with respect towards their colleagues, patients, and support staff.

If you are a qualified candidate and think you have what it takes to be one of "the Leaders and the Best" in vascular surgery, then we want to hear from you.