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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 research 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.

Download our VSSTP Program Description

 Eligibility & Requirements

Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a noncitizen national of the U.S., or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of the appointment. Candidates must possess an M.D. degree or D.O. degree and are required to have completed at least 2 years of surgical residency training prior to acceptance into the program. Women and underrepresented minorities in medicine are encouraged to apply.

 How to Apply

Download the application.

If you have questions, please contact the T32 coordinator:

Marsha Blunt, VSSTP Program Coordinator
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Division of Vascular Surgery
676 N. St. Clair St., Ste. 650
Chicago, IL 60611
marsha.blunt@nm.org

Our Team

 

Program Leadership

Mentors

 Vascular Biology

  • Hasan B. Alam, MD, is the Loyal and Edith Davis Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 
  • 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.
  • Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Northwestern University.
  • Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine. Dr. McNally is Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics as well as the Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine and director of the Center for Genetic Medicine.
  • William A. Muller, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology. Dr. Muller is the Janardan K. Reddy, MD Professor of Pathology at NU and immediate past Chair of the Department of Pathology.
  • Amy S. Paller, MD, Walter J. Hamlin Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
  • Edward B. Thorp, PhD, is a tenured Associate Professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics. He is the Director of Basic & Molecular Science at the Heart Center in the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
  • 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
  • Lisa D. Wilsbacher, MD, PhD, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine and Department of Pharmacology and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pharmacology.

 Clinical Research/Outcomes

  • Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, MS, is a surgical oncologist and a health services, quality improvement, and health policy researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  Vice President for Quality and Information Services for the Northwestern Medicine system leading the Quality Innovation Center, and Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery and the John B. Murphy Professor of Surgery.
  • Mark K. Eskandari, MD, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery. Dr. Eskandari is The James S.T. Yao, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Vascular Surgery and Professor of Surgery, Medical Education, and Radiology.
  • Joseph M. Feinglass, PhD, Research Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.
  • Andrew W. Hoel, MD, Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery in the Department 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, The Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and Preventive Medicine.
  • Douglas E. Vaughan, MD, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine. Dr. Vaughan is currently the Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Physician in Chief of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
  • Ashley K. Vavra, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery.

 Biomedical Research

  • Guillermo A. Ameer, ScD, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery. The Daniel Hale Williams Professor and Director of Postdoctoral Training in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University with a joint appointment in the Division of Vascular Surgery.
  • James C. Carr, MD, Chairman of Radiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the director of Cardiovascular Imaging.
  • Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Northwestern University.
  • Bin Jiang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering.
  • Michael Markl, PhD, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
  • 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.
  • C. Shad Thaxton, MD, PhD, Department of Urology, Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology, and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern.
 

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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