Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

As a fellow in our 2-year Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program, you’ll expand your clinical skills while you develop experience in research. As a graduate, you’ll be well-prepared to seek a competitive position in academic surgery.

Vascular surgery team in the operating room
Women in Vascular Surgery Symposium Surgical Simulation Training
Lab personnel working in the lab

Our program offers:

  • Extensive experience in open and endovascular cases, with a near-equal distribution of volume.
  • Three diverse clinical training sites. The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System for experience with routine vascular surgery; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, a high-volume community surgery setting; and Michigan Medicine, a large academic medical center drawing diverse and complex cases from around the country and the world.
  • Exposure to all aspects of vascular surgery. Our 9 operating surgeons represent all aspects of the specialty, from common vascular procedures to specialized practices such as complex cerebrovascular reconstructions, advanced open reconstruction of the thoracic and abdominal aorta and visceral branches, advanced endovascular procedures, thoracic outlet syndrome decompressions, and pediatric vascular procedures. It’s not unusual for our residents to return from a national conference having amazed their peers with the caseload and case diversity at Michigan.
  • A record of excellent outcomes, including a 100% vascular surgery QE and CE pass rate and graduate placements in sought-after positions.

Program Overview

As a fellow at Michigan, you’ll learn from internationally recognized surgeons and researchers with interests that span the spectrum of vascular surgery, providing unique exposure to all facets of our specialty.

Clinical Experience

Highlights include:

  • A multidisciplinary approach to peripheral vascular, aortic, and venous disease.
  • Exposure to all aspects of vascular surgery, including more niche interests.
  • Access to one of the nation’s best cardiovascular centers, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, a 425,000-square-foot, $215 million facility with a 24-bed surgical post-procedure ICU, 24 vascular general/moderate care beds, and 10 dedicated cardiothoracic and vascular ORs.

Fellowship Curriculum & Rotations

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program is structured to help you build a solid clinical foundation as you advance to progressive independence in the specialty. Fellow 1 will have Vascular CVC rotations January through June, Endovascular CVC rotations July through August, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Vascular rotations September through October, DVU/Superficial Venous rotations in November, and an elective rotation in December. Fellow 2 will have Vascular CVC rotations January through July, Endovascular CVC rotations August through September, Vascular Hybrid IR rotations in October, and Vascular Veterans Administration rotations November through December.

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Rotation Chart
  • Vascular CVC – core vascular surgery rotations at the UM Cardiovascular Center
  • Endo rotations – protect all endovascular cases on service for the respective endo resident/fellow
  • SJMH – local community hospital with robust vascular surgery practice, including outpatient endovascular suite
  • VA – Ann Arbor Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Hybrid CVC/VA IR – one month rotation with interventional radiology.
  • DVU/Superficial Venous – hybrid ‘clinically light’ rotation that emphasizes the care of superficial venous disease and diagnostic vascular lab training/reads (self-study) for RPVI preparation
  • The on-site (CVC) experience prioritizes central venous procedures (iliocaval venous recanalization for example) while the off-site (AAVA) experience prioritizes mainly arterial interventions

Research & Academic Opportunities

Highlights include:

  • Access to the Section of Vascular Surgery’s robust research enterprise, including the endowed 4,900-square-foot Conrad Jobst Labs, where researchers from across the section share knowledge and central resources to accelerate discovery. Fellows have opportunities to participate in clinical and translational research, as well as trial-based studies, and benefit from an individualized approach to mentoring.
  • Bimonthly teaching conferences attended by faculty, fellows, General Surgery residents, and colleagues from the departments of Radiology and Internal Medicine. These conferences draw on curriculum developed through an NIH-sponsored program in academic vascular medicine.

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows”. 

Learn more on the GME Office website →

How to Apply

Candidates for the Vascular Surgery fellowship must complete a full residency in General Surgery, leading to American Board of Surgery certification or board eligibility by the start of the fellowship.

One fellow is chosen each year, with fellowship candidates typically applying 2 years before entering the training program.

Application Information

For application details, contact:

Dawn M. Coleman, M.D.
Residency & Fellowship Program Director
Section of Vascular Surgery
Michigan Medicine
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
CVC 5172
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

For general questions and follow-ups, contact the Office of Surgery Education.

Interview Dates

Interviews are offered as early as January, with interviews in mid-March.