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 common and unusual 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 aspects of vascular medicine. At the end of his or her training, the fellow is a qualified specialist in this field and eligible to sit for the American Board of Vascular Medicine exam.

A research project is required during the training period with the goal of a journal publication and presentation at a national meeting. 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.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

The one year fellowship is divided between the inpatient consultation service (approximately 4 months), the non-invasive vascular laboratory (3 months), outpatient clinic, and elective rotations. While on the inpatient consultation service, the fellow leads the vascular medicine team and has an active role on the Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT). Substantial time is also spent in the outpatient Vascular Medicine clinic with our staff. Additional experience is gained through rotations with Vascular Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Wound Care, Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) Clinic, and Vasculitis Clinic. Elective rotations are available in Preventive Cardiology, Dermatology, Pathology, the Cerebrovascular Center, or other related fields as one’s interest develop.

There is also ample opportunity to learn sclerotherapy, pseudoaneurysm thrombin injection, and vascular rehabilitation. At the completion of the fellowship the fellow is 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.

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State of the Art Vascular Laboratory

Approximately 32,000 studies are performed annually in the non-invasive vascular laboratory including physiologic testing as well as duplex ultrasonography. Three months is allotted to training in this setting, allowing the fellow to become proficient in all aspects of the non-invasive assessment of the arterial and venous circulation. The rich vascular imaging database lends great support to research endeavors.



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.

Academic Environment

Academic Environment

Aside from clinical opportunities, the fellowship offers many additional educational experiences. Didactic lectures, journal clubs, and inter-department conferences are built into the curriculum. There are also ample opportunities for fellow-led teaching for residents and other trainees.

Education/Conference Schedule

  • Monday
    Vascular Medicine Fellow Conference
  • Tuesday
    Didactic Conference; PERT team monthly meetings
  • Wednesday
    Vascular Medicine Grand Rounds; Heart and Vascular Institute Tall Rounds; Thrombosis Meetings; interdisciplinary Hematology and Rheumatology Case Conferences
  • Thursday
    Vascular Surgery PAD Conference; Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Friday
    Cardiovascular Grand Rounds; Vascular Laboratory education conference
Application Process

Application Process

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

Deborah Hornacek, MD
Section of Vascular Medicine
9500 Euclid Ave./Desk J3-5
Cleveland, OH 44195

Or contact Georgann Yonkers
Vascular Medicine Education Coordinator
Email: yonkerg@ccf.org

Application Materials accepted through Dec. 14, 2020, for 2021-22 Fellowship

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