Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

eskandari-education-page.jpgA note from the Program Director:

Welcome to the Vascular Surgery Traditional Fellowship (5+2) Training Program website. Established in 1976 by Drs. Bergan and Yao, the Northwestern Vascular Surgery Fellowship is one of the oldest training programs running in the country. This two year clinical experience provides trainees the necessary tools to launch a successful academic career. During the training, the fellows spend the bulk of their time at the downtown main campus as well as a local Veterans Hospital (Jesse Brown VA Hospital). Both sites provide the full spectrum of open, endovascular, and noninvasive vascular surgical care using advanced imaging technology (Philips Allura) for complex endovascular care. Traditionally, a center with an extensive open surgical experience, trainees continue to participate in a wide variety of complex open operations such open aortic surgery, carotid endarterectomy, complex leg bypass, venous reconstructions, anterior spine exposure, thoracic outlet surgery, and combined operations with urology, surgical oncology, cardiac surgery, trauma surgery, and orthopedic surgery.

As you will see listed separately, many alumni from the program have developed very successful academic careers after graduating from the Northwestern program. We invite you to review the website and contact us if you are interested in being part of our team of faculty, fellows, residents, nurse practitioners, and students. - Mark K. Eskandari, M.D. 


It is our mission to produce exemplary leaders within vascular surgery, who are prepared to succeed in clinical and academic careers. 


Program Schedule

Fellowship Year 1 

Training LengthRotationLocation
6 monthsVascular SurgeryNorthwestern Memorial Hospital
6 monthsVascular SurgeryJesse Brown VA Medical Center

*** Three of our faculty members hold staff positions at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Fellowship Year 2 

Training LengthRotationLocation
6 monthsVascular SurgeryNorthwestern Memorial Hospital
2 monthsVascular Laboratory for Blood Flow Northwestern Memorial Hospital 
2 months Clinical ResearchNorthwestern Memorial Hospital
2 months Interventional RadiologyNorthwestern Memorial Hospital


Our Unique Educational Opportunities 

Education and training is a fundamental component to our division since its infancy. The division has recruited faculty members, who are leaders in specific academic interests, to enrich our fellowship and residency program. Examples include: advanced fenestrated endovascular therapies, basic science research, simulation, hemodialysis access and thoracic outlet treatment.  


As a fellow at Northwestern, you will receive exposure to many highly complex re-operative cases. The division protects the learning environment of its training programs through our robust group of physician extenders.  Similarly, the strong collegial interaction with interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac surgery are elements that result in a vigorous training experience in both traditional open vascular surgery and advanced endoluminal interventions. The didactic educational conferences for the fellows and the vascular service include:

Above all, as a fellow in Vascular Surgery at Northwestern, you will receive expert training from faculty that demonstrate a cohesive academic mission to deliver comprehensive, compassionate care to patients. 


We invite you to learn about our current fellows and recent graduates below. For a complete alumni list, please visit our alumni page


Want to learn how to apply? Review the applicant requirements and application instructions below. 


Contact Us

Jenna Little

Program Coordinator

Division of Vascular Surgery
676 N. St. Clair Street
Ste. 650
Chicago, IL 60611