A Message From the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Surgery training program at Cleveland Clinic.

We established the fellowship program in 1985, and began our integrated residency program in 2009. We strive to make our programs the best available. We want to not only produce the best clinical vascular surgeons, but we want to give our trainees the tools and opportunities to become leaders in the vascular surgery community. Clinically, we have one of the country’s most robust surgical volumes in both open endovascular therapies in all aspects of vascular surgery. In addition, we have leadership opportunities for trainees, state of the art curriculum and multiple research opportunities.

We have structured multidisciplinary conferences that are attended by experts in various fields to provide optimal care to our patients and education to our trainees.

Thank you for visiting our website. If you’d like to become a part of our vascular surgery family and experience one of the most inclusive, well-rounded and prosperous vascular surgery training programs, I encourage you to apply.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Training Programs

Cleveland Clinic's Department of Vascular Surgery provides a variety of training opportunities in vascular surgery. These include:

  • Fellowship (5+2) in Vascular Surgery 
  • Integrated Residency (0+5) in Vascular Surgery 

As a high-volume tertiary hospital, we have the necessary capacity, faculty support and clinical volume to support these programs. In addition, we have a dedicated faculty that is highly involved in education and research. While each of these programs is distinct, there is cross-education among them. Trainees are part of patient-care teams or disease-specific teams and they work cross-functionally with many healthcare providers to learn and provide patient care. In addition, the Department of Vascular Surgery is dedicated to providing vascular surgery training to our colleagues in General Surgery. This mutual relationship gives Vascular Surgery trainees the opportunity to receive expert training in General Surgery as well.

The training experience at Cleveland Clinic is designed to provide a broad range of exposure, including academic practice, community based practice and VA-based practice. To achieve this, residents and fellows will rotate through several hospitals during their tenure in addition to Cleveland Clinic's main campus (where the bulk of time is spent). Training takes place at the following locations:

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Diversity & Inclusion

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Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Our Department of Vascular Surgery is the largest group of vascular surgeons in the country, including the following faculty:

Sean Lyden, MD
Sean Lyden, MD
Chairman, Department of Vascular Surgery

Francis Caputo, MD
Francis Caputo, MD
Director, Vascular Surgery Training Programs

Main Campus Staff

East Side Staff

West Side Staff

South Side Staff

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Program Director: Francis Caputo, MD

Associate Program Director: Alexander Rim, MD

Cleveland Clinic's Vascular Surgery Fellowship is a program dedicated to providing trainees who have completed a five-year general surgery residency the opportunity to qualify for advanced credentials in vascular and endovascular surgery. As one of the largest vascular surgery programs in the country, this unique training is offered at several healthcare settings. This allows for experience with a diverse faculty and a breadth of vascular patients. Fellows participating in this program are trained in both complex open surgical procedures and innovative endovascular therapies.

In addition to the main campus, the training takes place in a variety of facilities, including two Cleveland Clinic community hospitals, Hillcrest and Marymount, as well as the local Veteran’s Hospital and a large outpatient based dialysis center. This complements the training and assures exposure and experience with many patient populations and care settings.

Fellowship Rotations: 2022-2023

View/Download Fellowship Rotations: 2022-2023

PGY 7:

Melissa Day, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Melissa Day, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Yaw Hong, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Yaw Hong, MD
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Residency: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Tamas Kovacs, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Tamas Kovacs, MD
Medical School: University of Szeged Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Florida Atlantic University

PGY 6:

Natasha Ahuja, MD
Natasha Ahuja, MD
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Residency: University of Buffalo
Gesnyr Ocean, MD
Gesnyr Ocean, MD
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Residency: Orlando Health
Matthew Wolfers, MD
Matthew Wolfers, MD
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Florida
Integrated Residency

Integrated Residency

Program Director: Francis Caputo, MD

Associate Program Director: Jarrad Rowse, MD

Our 0+5 Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program started in 2009 and by August 2010 expanded to allow two accredited residents per year. The program is designed to provide graduated, incremental training. The training focuses on vascular surgery, vascular research, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and core rotations. Endovascular rotations are scattered throughout the five years to provide dedicated time and enhanced exposure.

Residents also participate in simulation-based training. This is designed to provide residents with basic surgical techniques and fundamentals unique to vascular surgery. Hands-on models with senior trainees and staff supervision gives residents focused learning outside of the rigors of the operating room. This curriculum has been developed based on resident feedback from the last five years. Each rotation is carefully chosen and geared toward an optimal educational experience at each level, with a focus on progressive learning, complexity and responsibility.

Resident Rotations: 2022-2023

View/Download Resident Rotations 2022-2023

PGY 5:

David Laczynski, MD
David Laczynski, MD
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Marc Seligson, MD
Marc Seligson, MD
Medical School: State University of New York Upstate Medical University

PGY 4:

Sylvia Dong, DO
Sylvia Dong, DO
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nicholas Hoell, MD
Nicholas Hoell, MD
Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

PGY 3:

Bryan Cass, MD
Bryan Cass, MD
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Keith Garber, MD
Keith Garber, MD
Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine
D’Andre Williams, MD
D'Andre Williams, MD
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine

PGY 2:

Sami Abou-Assi, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Sami Abou-Assi, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Antoine Marc, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Antoine Marc, MD
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas
John Taaffe, MD | Cleveland Clinic
John Taaffe, MD
Medical School: University of Missouri , Columbia School of Medicine

PGY 1:

Emma Fulton, MD
Emma Fulton, MD
Medical School: University of Washington
Nathan Reinert, MD
Nathan Reinert, MD
Medical School: University of Pittsburg School of Medicine
Ahmed Sorour, MD
Ahmed Sorour, MD
Medical School: Charles University of Prague, Medical Faculty of Hradec Kralove
Research Fellowship

Research Fellowship

Vascular Surgery Research Fellowship

The Department of Vascular Surgery offers a one-year research fellowship position to candidates who possess an interest in a Vascular Surgery career. The research fellow is exposed to departmental education (i.e. Morbidity & Mortality Conference, Didactic Conference, Journal Club, multi-disciplinary conferences), simulation lab, GME-offered courses such as bio-stats, as well as our outpatient department clinic, vascular lab and operating rooms. The research fellow will also work closely with our in-house biostatistician.


How productive will I be?

  • The current research fellow, in six months, wrote one chapter in a Vascular Surgery textbook, published/accepted four indexed articles and had two accepted abstracts in the 2021 SVS Vascular Annual Meeting.

Is this a paid position?

  • Yes

When do I apply?

  • Inquiries are open all year long. Applications are welcomed January to May of every calendar year. Interviews will be held with one of our staff physicians from our Vascular Surgery Department. To inquire, contact Jelena Savic, Education Coordinator – savicj@ccf.org.

What is the goal of the research fellowship position?

  • The department aims to help and educate the trainees with the position acting as a stepping stone into their future Vascular/Surgical career.

Faculty Supervisor

Lee Kirksey, MD, FACS, MBA

Lee Kirksey, MD, FACS, MBA
Staff Vascular Surgeon
Cleveland Clinic

Current Fellows & Residents

Current Fellows & Residents

Get to know some of our fellows and residents by watching their bio video.

  • Tamas Kovacs, MD, (PGY7) second year fellow
  • Keith Garber, MD, (PGY3) third year resident
  • En Yaw Hong, MD, (PGY7) second year fellow
  • David Laczynski, MD, (PGY5) fifth year resident
Application Process

Application Process

Vascular Surgery Fellowship & Residency Applications

For a Vascular Surgery Fellowship application, go to:
ERAS®, the Electronic Residency Application Service at The Association of American Medical Colleges
The application process begins Dec. 1 and extends through Feb. 1.

For a Vascular Surgery Residency application, visit:
ERAS® - the Electronic Residency Application Service
The application process begins Sept. 15.

Elective Rotation Applications

Medical students and residents interested in submitting an application to the Department of Vascular Surgery for an elective rotation may contact the Division of Education (Graduate Medical Education at 216.444.5690) or go to the Graduate Medical Education website and follow the instructions under the application process.

Cleveland Clinic is offering scholarships to 10 underrepresented students in medicine so that they may participate in a four-week clinical rotation to learn firsthand what it is like to be a resident at Cleveland Clinic and to learn about our culture. Learn more here.

We are excited about your interest in our program and look forward to introducing you to the opportunities available at Cleveland Clinic. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Specific information regarding either the Vascular Surgery Fellowship or Residency program may be obtained by contacting:

Jelena Savic
Education Coordinator
216.444.4311 or toll-free 800.223.2272 ext. 44311



Cleveland Clinic Vascular Surgery Interest Group

Our Mission:

As the Cleveland Clinic Vascular Surgery Interest Group, our goal is to promote awareness and provide information to medical students and general surgery residents about the field of vascular surgery by offering didactic sessions, surgical skills workshops, shadowing opportunities, mentorship programs, journal clubs, research opportunities, and community outreach.

Faculty Supervisor

David M. Hardy, MD, RPVI, FACS

Jarrad Rowse, MD, RPVI
Associate Program Director
Associate Staff Vascular Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic

Chapter Officers:

Helena Baffoe-Bonnie

Questions? baffeoh@ccf.org

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