Three-Month Mini Fellowship



Thank you for your interest in the 3-month Endovascular Mini-Fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in the Division of Vascular Surgery. Our Mini-Fellowship offers a three month intensive training program designed to enhance the skills of the practicing vascular or cardiothoracic surgeon. Fellows will participate in a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic catheter-based vascular interventions. These procedures include diagnostic arteriography of all major vascular beds, carotid angioplasty/stenting, aortic endografting, renal and mesenteric angioplasty/stenting, lower extremity and critical limb ischemia percutaneous revascularizations, and venous interventions. Most fellows have gone on after completing our training to build a significant portion of endovascular procedures into their practice.


Training Program

This is a multi-center training program, with cases being performed Monday through Friday at Stanford University Medical Center (both in the angiography suite and the operating room), the nearby Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, O’Connor Hospital in San Jose and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara. Fellows will be trained by vascular surgeons with extensive experience in endovascular techniques. Also new in Winter 2006 will be the opening of the Goodman Simulation Center at Stanford which will house an endovascular simulator. This will provide a unique opportunity for the 3-month fellow to rehearse and refine many of the skills learned during the fellowship. There are minimal clinical duties for the 3-month fellow, as we have a full complement of general surgery residents and vascular fellows involved in the teaching program for patient care issues. There are also no on-call responsibilities or mandatory weekend responsibilities. The 3-month fellow is expected to participate in our teaching conferences and to prepare cases for presentations.



To be eligible, you must be a board-certified or board-eligible vascular or cardiothoracic surgeon. A valid medical license from one of the 50 states is required for U.S. practitioners, and the applicant must apply for and receive a California medical license prior to starting the fellowship. Non U.S. applicants are not eligible unless they are able to obtain a California medical license. Please visit for more information. The cost is $10,000 which does not include housing, travel, cost of license, or any miscellaneous expenses. Malpractice is covered by Stanford University Medical Center.



Interested applicants should forward a letter of intent explaining what their personal goals are for the mini-fellowship as well as their future plans for what types of procedures they hope to be performing and a current CV to We look forward to meeting and working with you in the near future.

Most Recent Endovascular Mini-Fellow: Dr. Dennis Zagrodnick II

Joining us from Wisconsin for a three month fellowship, his training program included 108 angiogam/ venograms, 37 PTAs, 22 PTAs with stent, 16 EVAR, 2 TEVAR, 10 IVC, 9 IVC retrievals, 3 permacaths, and 3 thrombolysis/ embolizations. He completed 210 endovascular procedures, 65 open procedures and managed 102 patients. It is an extraordinary opportunity for a vascular surgeon to gain a solid skill set in endovascular techniques and procedures.