Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency (0+5)

A Note From The Program Director: 

eric-education.pngThank you for visiting our website. I am extremely proud to present to you our Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program. Following the tradition of academic excellence with our 40-year old Vascular Surgery Fellowship, we opened our Residency Program in 2009. Since then, we have been fortunate to recruit 9 talented medical students through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). We are based at Northwestern Memorial, one of the more modern and beautiful medical centers in the country, located at the shore of Lake Michigan in vibrant downtown Chicago, IL.

The primary goal of the program is to produce competent vascular surgeons able to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for patients with complex vascular diseases using advanced open and endovascular techniques and equipped to advance in academic and leadership positions.

We provide vascular surgery education in a busy tertiary referral center that deals with complex vascular problems. Our Vascular Division prides itself on a strong academic tradition and values innovation, diversity and excellence.

I invite you to browse through the pages of this site. You will be able to meet our Faculty Staff, learn about the structure of our program and also meet the current residents and alumni.

Thank you for your interest in the Northwestern Vascular Residency Program. I look forward to seeing your application and meeting you in person during our interview season. - Heron E. Rodriguez, M.D. 

 

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

 

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Training and Rotations

The program curriculum consists of 3 years of core general surgery training, with emphasis on 15 months (divided amongst PGY-1 to 3) or 39 months (total) spent in vascular surgery rotations. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 Grant, allows residents with the opportunity to complete a 2-year, research experience during the 3rd and 4th years of residency. The last 2-years of residency are dedicated to endovascular and open vascular surgery education, and parallels our 40-year old traditional fellowship program.

The majority of the education is received at our primary site, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Additional exposure to diverse socioeconomic populations is provided through rotations in core surgery at MacNeal Hospital and vascular rotations at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital, both participating sites. Each site has sufficient clinical volume in open and percutaneous endoluminal interventions to satisfy training requirements.img_2849.jpg

Graded independence is the teaching model of our program. With the advancement of each clinical year, the experience and responsibility in the inpatient management and operative care of vascular patients increases. During vascular rotations, residents spend 1-day-per-week in the vascular outpatient clinic, in addition to their inpatient experience. 

In addition to the general surgery faculty involved during the first 3 years of residency, 7 board certified vascular surgeons with strong academic profiles, participate in the education of the residents.

Our strong academic tradition and status as tertiary referral center for vascular diseases, allows the program to expose residents to a wide variety of highly complex vascular issues with an emphasis in academic development. Upon program completion, candidates will be eligible for primary certification in Vascular Surgery.

Rotation Schedule AY 19-20

PGY-1

4 months Vascular Surgery (2 NMH & 2 VA)

3 months General Surgery

1 month Thoracic Surgery

1 month Plastic Surgery

1 month Surgical Oncology

1 month Coloretcal

1 month Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

PGY-2

6 months Vascular Surgery (3 NMH, 2 VA, & 1 LFH)

2 months Transplant Surgery

1 month Trauma

1 month Colorectal Surgery

2 months SICU

PGY-3

5 months Vascular Surgery (3 NMH & 2 VA)

2 months Cardiac Surgery

1 month Thoracic Surgery

1 month Plastic Surgery

1 month Surgical Oncology

1 month Endocrine Surgery

1 month Trauma

2-Year Research Experience

PGY-412 months of Vascular Surgery (6 NMH & 6 VA)
PGY-5

6 months of Vascular Surgery (NMH)

2 months Vascular Laboratory

2 months Interventional Radiology (IR)

2 months Clinical Research

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Subspecialty Rotations

Subspecialty rotations in Interventional Radiology and the Vascular Laboratory occur during the fifth year of residency, at our primary training site. Time spent in the Vascular Laboratory interpreting noninvasive studies, along with the Blood Flow Curriculum, allows trainees to qualify for the Registered Physician Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).

Unique to Our Program 

  • Our 5+2 and 0+5 vascular training programs work in tandem, providing a successful training complement.
  • NIH T32 Training Grant provides optional research experience.
  • We maintain a robust group of physician extenders that protects the learning environment of our residency.
  • 3 Core Vascular Faculty hold appointments at Jesse Brown VA Hospital, a participating site. 
  • Given the excellent reputation of our division, we are referred many complex, re-operative cases which provides exposure to our residents and fellows. 

Meet Our Residents 

 

Michael Nooromid, M.D.

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Chief Resident, PGY-5

7/1/2013-Present

Medical School: New York College of Medicine

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Katherine Hekman, M.D. 

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PGY-4

7/1/2014-Present

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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Why did you choose Northwestern? 

It’s a fantastic program with a robust training paradigm in an amazing city.

What is your vascular area of interest? 

Hard to choose – probably carotid disease and PAD, as well as tissue engineering therapy for PAD.

What is the best part of your training program? 

The people!

Define the atmosphere of the program and resident life. 

The Northwestern vascular program is a family – we take care of each other and help each other to be our best selves, academically and clinically. When we do have time outside of the hospital, Chicago is an awesome place to spend it, dining on world class food and enjoying art, culture and outdoor activities. There is something for everyone.

Courtney Furlough, M.D. 

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PGY-3, currently conducting research funded by T-32 grant

7/1/2015-Present

Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston

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Why did you choose Northwestern? 

I came to Northwestern for several reasons. I had the opportunity to do a visiting student rotation here and experience the program firsthand. I really connected with the residents and was able to see the training environment. I felt confident that I would receive outstanding training here. 

What is your vascular area of interest? 

My vascular area of interest is thoracic aortic disease.

What is the best part of your training program? 

The best part of this training program are the residents and staff. They truly make this experience worth it; we really come together and treat each other like a family. 

Define the atmosphere of the program and resident life. 

The overall program atmosphere is consistent with the whole department of surgery--collegial is the best word to describe us. I feel like we enjoy working together and have the unifying mindset of doing what it takes to get the work done. No one is too big for any one task.

Matthew Chia, M.D. 

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PGY-3, currenting conducting research on a T-32 grant

7/1/2016-Present

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Why did you choose Northwestern?

Our program has incredible vascular history, starting with Drs. Bergan and Yao to the present day. Our attendings carry on this legacy by being carefully focused on the training of our residents and fellows, ensuring that we learn the critical thinking and operative skills needed to practice at the highest level of vascular surgery. Responsibility, excellence, and warmth are characteristics of our vascular family that comes from top down, and I'm truly glad to be here.

What is your vascular area of interest? 

My current interests are in studying long-term outcomes of Type A and B aortic dissection, as well as studying internal outcomes as they relate to contrast-induced nephropathy. I also plan to investigate residency wellness and training paradigms, hoping to understand and improve how we are trained in the 0+5 integrated vascular surgery model. 

What is the best part of your training program? 

Our people are what make the difference. From our outstanding APN, radiology, and OR staff, to the other residents and fellows in the program, each and every member of our vascular family makes our division stand out. I can't say enough about how much they have helped me take care of patients, saved me from my mistakes, and taught me how to be a better resident. Finally, our attendings set the standard high for both the care we provide and how we do it, leading by example and shaping us in the same vein. 

Define the atmosphere of the program and resident life. 

Vascular surgery training is undoubtedly no walk in the park, but it's all made doable by being with people who are pushing you and rooting for you. We're all part of the same team, and being on service is like being at home. It's a face-paced, unpredictable service that will frequently push you to the limit, but it's home base, playing for the home team. 

Andres Guerra, M.D.

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PGY-3

7/1/2017-Present

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Why did you choose Northwestern? 

Great sense of community in addition to a Vascular team with unrelenting work-ethic and desire to keep improving.

What is your vascular area of interest? 

PAD, AAA/TAA, TOS, Carotid/Vertebral (I know, too many...)

What is the best part of your training program? 

My co-residents.

Define the atmosphere of the program and resident life. 

Open door policy. Everyone and anyone is willing to help, be it within the training program or in personal life matters.  

Eric Pillado, M.D. 

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PGY-2

7/1/2018-Present 

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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Why did you choose Northwestern? 

I wanted a place that had a strong research program in addition to a wide array of vascular disease processes. Northwestern's location in a diverse city and the academic resources of the university allow me the opportunity to explore more research and career interests. Finally, the initial interactions with the vascular faculty and staff were nothing more than warm and inviting, which was a priority in my training. Through my interactions with all of them, their passion for their careers and teaching is apparent. 

What is your vascular area of interest? 

Peripheral arterial disease, AAA (too early to know)

What is the best part of your training program? 

The camaraderie among the Division of Vascular Surgery is incredible. I truly feel supported and there is such a strong interest in teaching. 

Define the atmosphere of the program and resident life. 

From my experience, Northwestern has done nothing more than place resident education at the forefront. From the beginning, I felt well supported by my cointerns to attendings. Resident life in Chicago is amazing! From the outdoor activities to the incredible food scene (but also gotta hit the gym), there is a lot to do when you're not in the hospital!

Calvin Chao, M.D. 

PGY-1

7/1/2019-Present 

Medical School: University of Massachusetts

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Neel Mansukhani, M.D.

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 Recent Graduate

7/1/2012-6/30/2019

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

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Why did you choose Northwestern? 

I chose Northwestern primarily for the historically excellent and well-known vascular surgery training program. As I enter my last of seven years as a trainee here, I have become even more confident that it was the right program for me. Northwestern offers a large volume of broad clinical experience, through which it demands clinical and academic excellence. The accomplished faculty leading us inspire collegial relationships throughout our division and the entire hospital. Furthermore, NMH is located at the heart of a fantastic city.

What is your vascular area of interest? 

I am interested in practicing the breadth of clinical vascular surgery from complex aortic reconstruction, to lower extremity PAD, cerebrovascular disease, venous and lymphatic disease, vascular medicine and critical care. I am interested in the development and implementation of novel technology for the care of vascular patients in collaboration with basic and translational scientists. In addition to my vascular pursuits, I plan to optimize health care systems to maximize efficiency for the care of complex patients.

What is the best part of your training program? 

The best part of the NMH Vascular surgery training program is the people. The closely-working faculty, trainees, nurses and OR staff form a tight-knit group that work well together and promote continual growth of our knowledge base and skill set. As a team, we work tirelessly and enthusiastically, while being fully committed to providing excellent care to our patients.

Define the atmosphere of the program and resident life. 

Given the intimate size of the program, individuals are encouraged to form strong relationships amongst all members of the vascular division – both as mentors and mentees. The talented and enthusiastic residents and fellows are committed to their training and growth, which is reflected in their ability to excel in both patient care and academic pursuits. Everyone works well together, which promotes a pleasant environment for our development as vascular surgeons.​