Vascular Surgery Residency and Fellowship

vascular surgery fellow in the OR

Please note that the following content is a summary of the Emory vascular surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship. For more detailed information about the two training programs, please visit the vascular surgery residency and fellowship pages in the training section of the Department of Surgery website.

Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency

Emory vascular surgery residents spend approximately 18 months learning general, plastic, and cardiothoracic surgery skills, gaining familiarity with surgical procedures involving the abdomen, chest, and soft tissue. They are also introduced to critical care therapy from surgical, cardiac, and anesthesia perspectives; learn to manage patients' hypercoagulable and cardiac conditions; and work alongside our fellows, enjoying a larger on-call pool.

In addition to learning modern endovascular techniques, some of which are only available at a handful of centers in the U.S., our residents are taught complex open procedures by faculty experts that receive referrals for such surgeries from all over the world. They gain unique expertise in thoracoabdominal and complex abdominal aortic aneurysms, aortoiliac occlusive disease, carotid disease, and thoracic outlet syndrome, and perform open and endovascular revascularizations for mesenteric, renal, and lower extremities.

The curriculum includes training in vascular lab interpretation using both lectures and hands-on training and simulation, and additional lectures that feature basic science, research design, and open and endovascular simulation.

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

The fellowship in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy of the Emory University School of Medicine is a two-year ACGME-approved program encompassing advanced postgraduate training in surgical and endovascular treatment for vascular disease.

Standard components of the endovascular training program include diagnostic peripheral arterial and venous angiography; angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy devices; and endovascular grafts to treat aneurysmal disease of the thoracic and abdominal aorta. All fellows receive extensive endovascular training in the diagnosis and treatment of extracranial cerebrovascular disease. Training is also provided in minimally invasive venous surgery, including thrombolytic therapy, angioplasty, the use of mechanical thrombectomy devices for treatment of acute and chronic venous disease, and endovenous laser therapy for management of varicose veins.

In the area of open vascular surgery, fellows will gain expertise in techniques used to treat thoracoabdominal and infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms, aortoiliac occlusive disease, carotid disease, and thoracic outlet syndrome. They will also learn how to perform mesenteric, renal, and lower extremity revascularization.

The wide spectrum of faculty research interests allows fellows to participate in either basic science or clinical research endeavors. Fellows are encouraged to present their investigations at regional and national meetings and publish their studies in peer-reviewed journals.

Applications and Inquiries

Dr. Guillermo Escobar is the program director of the Emory vascular surgery fellowship and residency.

Applications are only accepted through the ERAS system.

For additional questions, concerns, and training verification requests, please contact:

Susan Blackstock, Vascular Fellowship Program Coordinator, 404.727.1994,

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