Department of Surgery

Vascular Surgery Independent Fellowship Curriculum


Clinical rotations during this two-year fellowship take place at affiliated hospitals, which includes safety net (public/county) and VA hospitals, as well as a large tertiary cardiovascular hospital. Fellowship rotations in these clinically diverse environments provide well-balanced training, which prepares our trainees to embark on either an academic or private-practice career path.

Clinical rotations for the first-year and second-year residents consist of broad exposure to all aspects of open and endovascular management of both arterial and venous disease, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Vascular surgery fellows spend the entire 12 months of each year in clinical vascular surgery rotations, primarily at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, with additional experience at Ben Taub Hospital.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has the largest clinical vascular program in the VA health care system; over 900 operative vascular interventions and 1,400 interventional procedures are performed annually by vascular surgery physicians. Baylor St. Luke’s offers a high volume of clinical experience in both surgical reconstructions and endovascular interventions, in excess of 1500 cases per year. Trainees rotating at Baylor St. Luke's are also exposed to consults and operative cases at Texas Children’s Hospital, one of the largest pediatric hospitals in North America. 

Vascular fellows also learn diagnosis, evaluation and operative management of complex thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms in a high volume clinical rotation under the direction of Dr. Joseph Coselli.

Clinical research is encouraged during any of these rotations. Our vascular faculty and trainees participate in weekly conferences devoted to non-invasive vascular lab interpretation, didactic vascular lectures, vascular board review, morbidity & mortality conferences, and journal club. All residents also have the opportunity to participate in research under the direction of all faculty and Dr. Bijan Najafi, director of iCAMP, a research arm of our division.