A Message From the Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Surgery training program at Cleveland Clinic. While this year poses some hurdles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it also gives us the opportunity to hold several virtual gatherings for you to really get to know our “family.”
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.
Learn more about:
Our Department of Vascular Surgery is the largest group of vascular surgeons in the country, including the following faculty:
Sean Lyden, MD
Chairman, Department of Vascular Surgery; Vascular Surgeon, Main Campus
Francis Caputo, MD
Director, Vascular Surgery Training Programs
Main Campus Staff
- Lee Kirksey, MD, Vice Chairman, Vascular Surgery
- Jon Quatromoni, MD, Associate Staff, Vascular Surgery
- Jarrad Rowse, MD, Associate Program Director, Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency
- Christopher Smolock, MD, Quality Improvement Officer, Vascular Surgery
- Linda Graham, MD
- Matthew Thompson, MD, Contract Staff, Vascular Surgery
East Side Staff
- Javier Alvarez-Tostado, MD
- Alexander Rim, MD, Associate Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship
- Anthony Rizzo, MD
- George Anton, MD
- Eric Shang, MD
West Side Staff
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: 2020-2021
Matthew Krantz, MD
Medical School: Marshall University
Residency: Marshall University
Cara Lyle, MD
Medical School: Commonwealth Medical College
Residency: West Virginia University
Kogulan Nadesakumaran, MD
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Residency: Albany Medical Center
Andrew Van Sickler, MD
Medical School: Florida State University
Residency: Prisma Health/University of South Carolina
Priyam Vyas, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Christiana Care
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: 2020-2021
Cassandra Beck, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sean Steenberge, MD
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
J. Will Perry, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Andrew Smith, MD
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
David Laczynski, MD
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Marc Seligson, MD
Medical School: State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Sylvia Dong, DO
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nicholas Hoell, MD
Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Bryan Cass, MD
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Keith Garber, MD
Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine
D'Andre Williams, MD
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
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?
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 Hayley Baldzicki, Program Coordinator – [email protected].
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.
Lee Kirksey, MD, FACS, MBA
Staff Vascular Surgeon
Current Fellows & Residents
Get to know some of our fellows and residents by watching their bio video
- Kogulan Nadesakumaran, MD (PGY6), first year fellow
- Sean Steenberge, fifth year resident (PGY5)
- Cara Lyle, second year fellow (PGY7)
- Priyam Vyas, first year fellow (PGY6)
- David Laczynski, third year resident (PGY3)
- John “Will” Perry, fourth year resident (PGY4)
- Cassandra Beck, fifth year resident (PGY5)
- Jarrad Rowse, 2019 Integrated Residency Graduate
- Nathan Droz, 2020 Fellowship Graduate
- Ayman Ahmed, 2019 Fellowship Graduate
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.
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:
216.444.4311 or toll-free 800.223.2272 ext. 44311
Cleveland Clinic Vascular Surgery Interest Group
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.
Jarrad Rowse, MD, RPVI
Associate Program Director
Associate Staff Vascular Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic
Questions? [email protected]
Next VSIG Meeting
Topic: Women and Minorities in Vascular Surgery
Date: February 8, 2021
Location: Zoom (for access to the meeting link, please contact Katherine Lowe, [email protected])
Time: 5-6 p.m.
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