Vascular &
Endovascular Surgery




The Stanford Vascular Surgery Fellowship is an RRC-accredited two-year fellowship leading to board eligibility for a certificate of Special Qualifications in Vascular Surgery granted by the American Board of Surgery. The first year is devoted to a busy clinical experience involving, as the primary surgeon, a large number and variety of open and endovascular cases and supervising the management of an active inpatient vascular surgery service at the VA Palo Alto Hospital for 6 months with 6 months at Stanford. The second year is an intensive year spent as the primary surgeon at Stanford University Hospital for 8 months, supervising and running one of the busiest practices in the country. There is an emphasis on complex aortic pathology, advanced endovascular interventions, noninvasive diagnosis, and clinical research. There is ample opportunity to present at national meetings and produce peer-reviewed publications during both years.

Fellowship - First Year

The first year of the fellowship involves a clinical experience in the total preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of complex vascular patients characteristic of a VA vascular practice and academic medical center. Approximately 4 months will be spent at the VA, with the other 8 months as a at Stanford University Medical Center. Call responsibilities are shared between the 1st and 2nd year fellow.

Wei Zhou, MD and former Fellow, Tae Song, MD

The first year experience includes:

Fellowship- Second Year

The second year is devoted to an intense clinical experience at Stanford University Medical Center for 9 months, a quaternary care referral center with emphasis on open complex reconstructive surgery, complex endovascular and aortic surgery, limb salvage, clinical/basic research, and active participation in the noninvasive vascular laboratory.

The second year experience includes:

Vascular Surgery Training in General Surgery

General Surgery residents receive their vascular training as junior residents on the University Vascular Surgery service during their PGY-I and PGY-III years, when they are actively involved in the daily management of the vascular patients. The PGY-II in General Surgery obtains additional vascular experience at the Palo Alto VA hospital and affiliated institutions. At the completion of their training, the General Surgery Chief Residents typically will have performed 70 to 120 major vascular cases, which is well above the RRC guidelines.

Radiation Safety

Radiation exposure in vascular surgery – understanding and mitigating risks to patients, physicians and the pregnant vascular surgeon

The January 2011 supplemental issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery provides a timely, in-depth exploration of radiation exposure in vascular surgery – its history, its potential to harm, preventative measures to forestall injuries to patients and physicians, and current federal regulations on its use. A dedicated effort from the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Women’s Leadership Committee, the supplemental issue also provides content that speaks to the unique concerns of current and future women in the field. In particular, women planning to have children may be particularly interested in whether pregnancy is a safe and feasible endeavor as a vascular surgeon. As Shaw and colleagues point out in their review of pregnancy and radiation exposure, much is known about the effects of radiation dosages and fetal outcomes. This knowledge equips female surgeons and vascular programs with evidence-based methods of minimizing radiation dose during pregnancy such that building a family and being a vascular surgeon do not have to be mutually exclusive endeavors.     

Application Instructions

Important Dates

Deadline to Apply - January 31,2015

Interview Date - March 11, 2015

Match Date - May 2015

Fellowship Begins - July 2, 2016

We appreciate your interest in the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. You may apply through ERAS for the 2014 match to begin fellowship July 1, 2015. In general, applicants must have completed at least 4 years of an ACGME-approved general surgery training program prior to enrolling in our fellowship. Any questions should be directed to Jason T. Lee, MD, program director. One vascular fellow is chosen yearly in the match sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All applicants must register with the NRMP match to be considered.

Ronald L. Dalman, MD and former fellow, Jimmy Pak, MD

Applications and all supporting materials should be entered on the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) sponsored by the AAMC.

ERAS application requirements are as follows:
1) 3 letters of recommendation
2) Deans letter (submitted by Medical Schools )
3) USMLE transcript
4) Medical school transcript
5) Personal statement
6) photograph
7) ABSITE transcripts

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Carine Lahitette at (650) 723-2185 or by email. Thank you for your interest in our program.

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