Overview

Overview

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 started as an independent Department of Peripheral Vascular Disease in 1947, and established our Vascular Medicine Fellowship Program in 1988. 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. We started as an independent Department of Peripheral Vascular Disease in 1947, and established our Vascular Medicine Fellowship Program in 1988.
  • Our goal is to train fellows who become experts in all aspects of vascular medicine, and who will become our next generation of vascular medicine leaders in clinical care and research. While training, the fellow works daily with our many dedicated Vascular Medicine Staff, or with our colleagues in subspecialties to gain experience during fellowship electives. 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 and the Registry Examination for Physicians in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).
  • 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.

Quick Facts & Current Fellows

  • One year non-invasive Vascular Medicine fellowship program
  • Four positions available per year
  • Positions have consistently filled since the program’s inception in 1988; we have trained over 100 vascular medicine specialists in the last 20 years

Our current fellows: 

  • Jeffrey Frankiewicz, internist from Great Lakes Physician Practice in Chautauqua, NY
  • Madonna Michael, hospitalist from Fairview Hospital – Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, OH
  • Siri Neelati, chief resident from Advocate Aurora Health Care Internal Medicine Residency in Milwaukee, WI
  • Jason Wheeler, internal medicine resident from Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH
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.

Learn more about our faculty.

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.

Research

Research

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

We are currently accepting applications for a one-year clinical fellowship beginning July 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2022.

  • Application deadline is January 1, 2021.
  • Applicants must have completed ACGME accredited training in either internal medicine or cardiovascular medicine to apply. Applicants from other training backgrounds are encouraged to contact our program for additional review; we have had prior fellows from Family Medicine and Vascular Surgery. 

We require the following documents to be submitted for a complete application to be reviewed:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a program director or current physician supervisor
  • Downloadable Application form
  • Interested applicants should submit their application to yonkerg@ccf.org.

For additional questions or specific information, please contact:

Georgann Yonkers
Vascular Medicine Education Coordinator
216.444.6720
Email: yonkerg@ccf.org

Candidate Selection

Applications are reviewed with a goal of selecting individuals from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate clinical and academic excellence, and potential for career development in the field of Vascular Medicine.

  • Interviews will be arranged on a rolling basis. 
  • In light of COVID restrictions, interviews for the 2021-2022 fellowship year will be conducted in a virtual format.
    • Interviews will be arranged with the program director, faculty, and a current fellow.
    • Virtual tours will be arranged as needed
  • Offers for fellowship positions will be made on a rolling basis, and no later than February 15, 2021.