Vascular surgery faculty performs interventional training in the interventional radiology suite and the operating room, and is fully integrated during both years of training. Fellows perform peripheral, renal, mesenteric, great vessel and carotid bifurcation PTA and stenting, as well as vena cava filter placement, thrombolysis, percutaneous closure, and endovascular abdominal and thoracic aneurysm repair. This has provided more than sufficient volume to meet interventional credentialing requirements.
Vascular laboratory training is provided in an ICAVL-accredited vascular laboratory administered by the Section, which performs about 10,000 studies per year. Fellows obtain hands-on duplex scanning experience and weekly didactic sessions, to allow application for RVT certification if desired.
Areas of current faculty research
- The molecular characterization of endothelial-smooth muscle cell interaction in a co-culture system
- Endovascular AAA repair and development of 3-D CT scan imaging to aid placement of endovascular devices
- Vascular outcomes research, including decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis
Fellows select research projects based on their interests and experience.
Volumes and procedures
Nine Board-certified vascular surgeons staff a dedicated vascular service at this 400-bed tertiary care facility. Volume on the service last year was approximately 1,000 discharges, 6,000 outpatient visits, and 1,000 open operations and 400 procedures in the interventional suite. Fellows can expect to perform approximately 250 major open vascular operations and 400 endovascular/interventional cases, in addition to minor operations.
Teaching conferences are held each Monday from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m., during protected time when all faculty and fellows can attend. These conferences include:
- A weekly preoperative conference for discussing all open and interventional cases to be performed that week
- A bi-weekly didactic conference that covers all topics in a core curriculum
- A bi-weekly interesting case discussion
- A biweekly morbidity and mortality conference
- A bi-weekly journal club
- A monthly vascular laboratory conference
- A monthly basic science conference
- A biweekly research conference
Vascular fellows actively participate and contribute to these conferences to establish their own decision-making and teaching skills.