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Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program

The Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University, which is funded by a T32 grant from the NIH, is a two-year mentored research training experience for general and vascular surgery residents (MD/DO) interested in research-oriented academic careers.

The T32 funding mechanism provides a stipend, tuition, fees for coursework, travel funds and health insurance.

Our goal is to provide trainees with the scientific environment, didactic training, career development mentorship, and opportunities for collaboration required to jump start careers as surgeon-scientists.michael-and-liqun-with-shadow.jpg

Individualized training plans are developed by the mentor and trainee. Trainees can choose mentors and secondary mentors from many different clinical specialties and research fields and select one of several tracks of study or a combination of tracks:

  • Vascular biology with a basic science emphasis
  • Clinical research including outcomes studies
  • Biomedical devices in partnership with the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • An integrated program designed by the trainee and his/her mentors

 Curriculum

In addition to their chosen track, all trainees also complete a core curriculum consisting of courses in responsible conduct for research, ethical issues in clinical research and scientific writing. Trainees are also able to take additional courses in their area of focus. If interested, trainees may also complete the requirements for the Master of Science or certificate in Health Services and Outcomes Research.

 Eligibility & Requirements

Candidates must hold either an MD or DO degree and must have completed at least two years of surgical residency training prior to enrolling in the program. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of the appointment. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

 How to Apply

Download the application.

If you have questions, please contact the T32 coordinator:

Marsha Blunt
676 N. St. Clair St., Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60611
marsha.blunt@nm.org

Our Team

 

Program Leadership

Mentors

 Vascular Biology

  • Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD, director of the Feinberg Cardio Vascular & Renal Research Institute's Center for Molecular Cardiology and professor of Pharmacology and Cardiology in the Department of Medicine
  • Karen J. Ho, MD, assistant professor of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery
  • Tsutomu Kume, PhD, professor of Ophthalmology, Harmacology and Cardiology in the Department of Medicine
  • William A. Muller, MD, PhD, professor of Pathology
  • Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Genetic Medicine, Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine and professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics and Cardiology in the Department of Medicine
  • Amy S. Paller, MD, chair of the Department of Dermatology, director of the Skin Biology & Disease Resource-Based Center, Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology and professor of Dermatology and Dermatology in the Department of Pediatrics
  • Susan E. Quaggin, MD, director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular & Renal Research Institute, chief of Nephrology & Hypertension in the Department of Medicine, Charles H. Mayo, MD, Professor and professor of Nephrology & Hypertension in the Department of Medicine
  • John Varga, MD, director of Northwestern Scleroderma, John & Nancy Hughes Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology and professor of Dermatology, Pharmacology and Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine
  • Jason Albert Wertheim, MD, PhD, vice chair for research in the Department of Surgery, Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research and associate professor of the McCormick School of Engineering and Organ Transplantation in the Department of Surgery
  • Lisa D. Wilsbacher, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Pharmacology and Medicine in the Department of Cardiology

 Clinical Trials/Outcomes

  • Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, MS, vice chair for quality in the Department of Surgery, John Benjamin Murphy Professor of Surgery and associate professor of Medical Social Sciences and Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery
  • Mark K. Eskandari, MD, chief of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery, James S. T.  Yao Professor of Vascular Surgery, professor of Medical Education, Radiology and Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery
  • Joseph M. Feinglass, PhD, research professor of Preventive Medicine and General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine
  • Andrew W. Hoel, MD, associate professor of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery
  • Jane L. Holl, MD, MPH, adjust professor of Surgery
  • Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, senior associate dean for Clinical & Translational Research, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, director of the Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, Eileen M. Foell Professor and professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Cardiology in the Department of Medicine
  • Mary M. McDermott, MD, Jeremiah Stamler Professor and professor of Preventive Medicine and General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine
  • Douglas E. Vaughan, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine and professor of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine
  • Ashley K. Vavra, MD, assistant professor of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery

 Biomedical Devices

  • Guillermo A. Ameer, ScD, professor of McCormick School of Engineering and Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery
  • James C. Carr, MD, chair of the Department of Radiology, Drs. Frederick John Bradd & William Kennedy Memorial Professor of Radiology and professor of Radiology, McCormick School of Engineering and General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine
  • Michael Markl, PhD, vice chair for research in the Department of Radiology, Lester B. & Frances T. Knight Professor of Cardiac Imaging and professor of Radiology and McCormick School of Engineering
  • Samuel I. Stupp, PhD, Board of Trustees Professor of Material Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering; director of the Simpson Querrey Institute; and professor of McCormick School of Engineering, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences and Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine
  • Shad Thaxton, MD, PhD, associate professor of Urology
 

Current Trainees

  • Matthew C. Chia, MD: 7/1/19-Present
    Mentor: Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD
    Co-Mentor: Ashley Vavra, MD, MS
    Track: Clinical Outcomes
    Research Interests: Identify and understand factors that contribute to quality patient care in vascular surgery
  • Vivek Pamulapati, MD: 7/1/19-Present
    Mentor: Karen J. Ho, MD
    Track: Vascular Biology
    Research Interests: Investigating the microbiota-, butyrate- and host-dependent mechanisms of neointimal hyperplasia after arterial injury
  • Andres Guerra, MD: 7/1/20-Present
    Mentor: Ashley Vavra, MD, MS
    Co-Mentor: Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD
    Track: Clinical Outcomes
    Research Interests: Patient care optimization and quality improvement in vascular surgery
  • Ruojia Debbie Li, MD, MS: 7/1/20-Present
    Mentor: Ashley Vavra, MD, MS
    Co-Mentor: Ryan P. Merkow, MD, MS
    Track: Clinical Outcomes
    Research Interests: Patient care optimization and quality improvement in medicine
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