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The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship is a two-year fellowship intended to provide the vascular fellow a broad experience in identifying and treating a wide spectrum of vascular disorders.

The first year of the vascular surgery fellowship program is spent learning noninvasive vascular imaging, conducting research in the basic science vascular laboratory, as well as learning endovascular skills. The first three months are spent in the noninvasive vascular laboratory learning interpretive skills of noninvasive vascular imaging as well as hands on performance of noninvasive vascular studies. The following six months are spent in the Vascular Research Laboratory, which conducts research in vascular wall biology and biomechanical properties of aneurysms. The last three months are spent on an endovascular rotation learning diagnostic arteriogram skills as well as endovascular therapy including balloon angioplasty and stenting.

During the second year, the vascular fellow rotates between the two clinical vascular services during which the fellow will see a wide spectrum of vascular diseases under the direction of five board certified vascular attendings. Inpatient, outpatient, and operative care are under the direction of the vascular fellow with close supervision by the attendings. The fellow can be expected to finish with over 300 major vascular cases and over 400 arteriograms and endovascular therapeutic procedures.

In addition to the clinical responsibilities, there is a Vascular Conference, Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Grand Rounds. At the end of the clinical year of the vascular surgery fellowship, the fellow is expected to obtain sufficient preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative experience to care for patients with peripheral arterial, venous, abdominal, visceral artery, renal artery, thoracic aortic, cerebrovascular and lymphatic disease. It is expected that the resident will take both the certifying and qualifying exam of the American Board of Surgery and become a registered vascular technologist.

Application Process

All applicants should submit through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS):

After the resident has submitted this information through ERAS, the completed application will be reviewed by the Pre-Selection Committee. Interviews for invited residents will take place between February and April.



The Aortic Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center

The Aortic Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center is a regional referral center designed to provide easy and timely access for the evaluation and treatment of aortic aneurysm sand other abnormalities of the aorta. The center combines unique resources with experienced specialists that provide compassionate care to patients. Our team of surgeons and clinical staff work closely together to ensure the best possible treatment for patients. As the region's preferred hospital for the treatment of aortic disorders, the Center strives to set the standard for quality care.The Aortic Center provides unsurpassed leadership in the care of patients with aneurismal disease and trauma.
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