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Learn more about the centers and cores at the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood, and Vascular Medicine Institute and how our multidisciplinary team of scientists is advancing research in the heart, lung, and blood systems.

Vascular Surgery Residencies and Fellowships

Fellowship Program Contact Information

Mark Byrne
Fellowship Program Manager

Rabih A. Chaer, MD
Program Director

Medical Student Electives Contact Information

Kathy Haupt
Medical Student Coordinator

Vascular Conferences

An academic conference is held on a weekly basis, which includes topics for educational review, lectures by visiting professors, and case presentations. The conference is approved for one hour of Category I CME credit by UPMC. In addition, a bi-monthly Basic and Clinical Research Conference, supported by topics related to bench research and clinical trial investigations, is held. Morbidity & Mortality Review and Journal Club also are included in the curricula. On a business level, coding and reimbursement meetings to keep abreast of the latest issues are held on a regular basis.

Vascular Surgery Research

The scope of research currently available in the division includes clinical trials, clinical reviews, bioengineering, molecular biology, gene therapy, methods of inhibiting neointimal hyperplasia, and other aspects of vascular biology.

Residents entering into the integrated five-year program as interns are expected to do two additional years of research in the division of vascular surgery. This can be in one of the basic science labs devoted to vascular research, in the biomechanical engineering laboratories, or by doing clinical research. The University of Pittsburgh has been designated as a center for development of translational research and as a location to foster young physicians in clinical research.

Currently several members of the division have NIH grants investigating various aspects of vascular diseases. The division also employs four vascular research coordinators who are working on active prospective trials, and a full time Statistician PhD faculty member The vascular surgery resident has the opportunity to become familiar with the current ongoing trials, methodology used, and statistical methods of analysis in order to carry out independent investigations in the future.


  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and life insurances
  • Three weeks of vacation per academic year
  • Financial support for one scientific meeting
  • Yearly educational fund
  • Holiday time off
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance

Information for International Medical Graduates

We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement but all scores must be passing. There is no requirement regarding length of time since medical school graduation, and prior United States clinical experience is not required.

The preferred visa for training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Education Program is the J-1 visa sponsored through the ECFMG for residency/fellowship training.

All international medical graduates must hold a current and valid ECFMG certificate in order for their application to be considered complete, including the clinical skills assessment which must also be current and valid. Each applicant must have taken and passed both Steps I and II of the USMLE, and their English qualifying examination must be current and valid.

If you have any questions regarding visas, or obtaining a graduate license for training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at 412-647-5815. For information regarding ECFMG certification, visit the ECFMG website.

National Resident Matching Program 

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Medical Student Electives

All requests for fourth-year electives for visiting LCME applicants should be directed to:

  • Kathy Haupt
    Medical Student Coordinator
  • Phone: 412-647-5314
  • Fax: 412-864-2714 

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