Medical School

Department of Surgery

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

The University of Minnesota Vascular Surgery Fellowship is a fully accredited two-year training program in vascular surgery. Our current complement of trainees is 5 Fellows. (Recruitment alternates by year; 2 accepted one year and 3 the next.) All applications to the Program are accepted in ERAS and we participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Fellows will receive training in open vascular surgery, endovascular procedures, and medical management for patients with routine and complex non-cardiac vascular disease. Many trainees fulfill ACGME case log requirements in Year 1. Noninvasive vascular interpretation training is also included to prepare fellows for RPVI certification. Rotation sites offer a diversity of practice styles and patient populations preparing the graduate to enter academic, private practice, or government service:

  1. the University of Minnesota Medical Center - nationally respected teaching hospital; a non-profit, academic health system providing exceptional health care across the entire continuum; embraces innovation and new thinking to deliver greater value— higher quality, better experience and lower cost.
  2. the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care System – a large regional care center; a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research; The Research Service located in the medical center is among the largest and most active in the VA System
  3. Abbott Northwestern Hospital -the Twin Cities' largest hospital -offering a concurrent opportunity for exposure to pediatric vascular conditions; and the largest hospital in the Twin Cities, Abbott Northwestern is recognized nationally and locally for its exceptional expertise and care
  4. Fairview Southdale Hospital -a suburban community hospital with 40+ specialty services and includes a concurrent mini-rotation for spine exposure.

Research and scholarship are also components of training. Graduates will be eligible for the Certificate of Special Qualifications in Vascular Surgery granted by the American Board of Surgery. 

Applications are accepted and processed through the Electronic Resident Application Services (ERAS) found at Some documents required include:

  • Completed ERAS application form
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Passport-sized photograph (Optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • USMLE Board scores
  • American Board of Surgery In-training (ABSITE) exams
  • ECFMG certification

Please note: candidates for this integrated program must have completed an ACGME approved 5 year general residency program.

The University of Minnesota supports ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship for fellows enrolled in graduate medical education.

Candidates selected for interview are invited to come in on Thursday evening for an informal opportunity to meet current fellows at a hosted dinner. (Optional)

Formal interviews as well as site-specific presentations will be held on campus between 8 am – noon on Friday.  The 2015 interview dates are February 27th, March 6th, and April 3rd.

For more information about the University of Minnesota Vascular Surgery Fellowship contact the office of the Program Director, Steven M. Santilli, MD, PhD, MBA at 612-625-1485.

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