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Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program Overview


Thank you for your interest in the Wake Forest Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship. Our fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, 24 month independent program. The fellowship is distinguished by several aspects that deliver a breadth of clinical and educational experience that enables graduates to achieve their career objectives:  

•  A well-rounded clinical experience with balance between open surgical and endovascular treatment interventions as well as diagnostic procedures.


•  A service-oriented operating room team and dedicated endovascular suite.


•  Committed faculty with a broad array of clinical, research, and educational experience and interests provide exposure to all aspects of practice supported through dedicated conferences.


•  A fully accredited Clinical Vascular Laboratory provides a rich environment for didactic teaching and an organized experience in study interpretation.


•  Daily service rounds by a dedicated team (including a faculty member, nurse practitioner, and pharmacist) provide a organized and consistent inpatient management support while also facilitating bedside teaching opportunities to explore evidence-based approaches to diagnostic testing, clinical decision-making, and perioperative care.


•  Rotations at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and a participating site (Forsyth Medical Center) provide exposure to both academic and community clinical practice environments.


•  A rich academic tradition with an organized, team-oriented approach provides infrastructure and abundant research opportunities for interested fellows.  

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is a member of the integrated Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at Wake Forest Baptist Health. The teaching service at the sponsoring institution is comprised of six board certified Vascular Surgery faculty, one Vascular Medicine faculty, 2 vascular fellows, a PGY-3 resident, a PGY-1 resident, and an inpatient pharmacist. Vascular patients are admitted to inpatient units with focus and experience in vascular patient care. Intensive care patients are additionally supported by a Surgical Critical Care team. Inpatient fellowship coverage is coordinated with outpatient clinic opportunities at both the sponsoring institution and participating site to ensure exposure to the entire patient care continuum, including perioperative care, procedure selection and planning, and postoperative surveillance. Departmental participation in the SVS Vascular Quality Initiative provides experience in quality tracking, measurement, and improvement.

The operating room at Wake Forest includes a dedicated Vascular suite with advanced fixed imaging equipment to accommodate endovascular, open surgical, and hybrid procedures with dedicated support from an experienced team of vascular technologists. Fellowship graduates completing the program in 2014 performed an average of 600 vascular cases which included an average of over 1400 individual procedure codes. Procedures span a breadth of complexity with a balanced mix of open and endovascular cases (including diagnostic angiography) that ensures a well-rounded technical exposure. Graduates enter practice with a diverse skill set that allows them to offer a comprehensive array of treatment options.

The Wake Forest Clinical Vascular Laboratory provides an important contribution to the fellowship training program through hands-on technical experience, didactic teaching conferences, and organized practical experience with vascular interpretation. This fully accredited laboratory is located in a 3,300 square foot on- site facility adjacent to the outpatient clinic, is supported by seven certified technologists, and performs over 13,000 studies annually (including inpatient, outpatient, and intra-operative studies). Graduates obtain practical experience with study interpretation, methodology, and quality control related to non-invasive testing that allows them to qualify for certification in vascular interpretation and should equip them to establish and direct an accredited clinical vascular laboratory.

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Application Process

Two accredited positions are offered annually. Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited General Surgery residency and either be certified or eligible for certification in Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Applicants must participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and apply through the Electronic  Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Completed applications should include a photograph, ABSITE and USMLE transcripts, personal statement, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation in addition to a letter from the applicant's program director. Applications are accepted through early February, and in-person interviews conducted during January and February.

All applicants must participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicant agreements are obtained from:

2450 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1127
Phone: 202-828-0676
Fax: 202-828-4797

Applications must be completed by February of the preceding year. We will accept applications through early February of each year.

Applications are available and accepted through the Electronic  Residency Application Service (ERAS)

Interview Dates for 2017:

February 11th
February 25th
March 11th

There will be an informal gathering with faculty and fellows the Friday evening before the interview date.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting:
Tammy Hill, Program Coordinator
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Phone: 336-713-5256

Gabriela Velazquez, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director


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Vascular Surgery Fellowship

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