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Vascular Medicine

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Vascular Medicine Fellowship Program

As part of the Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, the Section of Vascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic is one of the most active Vascular Medicine programs in the United States. We see patients with a wide variety of vascular problems. The section is particularly active in the evaluation and treatment of all forms of arterial, venous, and lymphatic disorders, cardiovascular risk factor management, thrombotic disorders and hypercoagulable states and wound care.

A one-year, non-invasive Vascular Medicine fellowship program is available. The fellow becomes an expert in all phases of vascular medicine and by the end of his or her training is a qualified specialist in this field.

A research project is required which hopefully leads to publication and presentation at a national meeting during the training period. Fellows help organize and implement an active teaching program as experience warrants. Many conferences, didactic and participation-based, are part of the overall educational experience of the fellowship.

State of the Art Vascular Laboratory

Approximately 35,000 studies are performed annually in the vascular laboratory including physiologic testing as well as duplex ultrasonography.

The rich database lends great support to research endeavors.

During the fellowship you will spend approximately four months on the inpatient consultation service where the fellow assumes primary responsibility for patient care. An additional three months time is spent in the State-of the-Art Vascular Laboratory, allowing the fellow to become proficient in all aspects of the non-invasive assessment of arterial and venous circulation. Substantial time is also spent in the outpatient clinical service. Experience is gained through rotations in Vascular Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Wound Care and Pathology. Elective rotations are available in Preventive Cardiology, Dermatology or other related fields as one’s interest develop.

The fellows participate in a weekly continuity clinic which is staffed by the professional staff. There is also ample opportunity to learn sclerotherapy, pseudoaneurysm thrombin injection, and vascular rehabilitation. At the completion of the fellowship you are qualified to sit for the American Board of Vascular Medicine (ABVM) certification examination as well as the Physician Vascular Interpretation (PVI) exam or the Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) examination.

A research project is required during the training period. Both retrospective and prospective research studies can be performed through the Section of Vascular Medicine. The abundant data and patient volume can support research in venous thromboembolism, hypercoagulable states, therapeutic trials, arterial vascular disease, ultrasound/imaging, and wound care. Collaborative efforts with other departments are encouraged. It is anticipated that the completed project will be presented at a national meeting and result in publication.

Many conferences, didactic and participation-based, are part of the overall educational experience of the fellowship. Fellows help organize and implement an active teaching program as experience warrants.

Education/Conference Schedule

Interested candidates should forward a CV with photo, personal statement and three letters of recommendation including one from the Program Director to:

Marcelo Gomes, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Section of Vascular Medicine
9500 Euclid Ave./Desk J3-5
Cleveland, OH 44195

Or contact Diane Carder
Vascular Medicine Education Coordinator
216.444.9473

Additional Information
Reviewed: 10/13

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