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
• 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
• 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
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 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
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:
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
Gabriela Velazquez, MD, FACS
Associate Program Director