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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.

Educational Opportunities and Benefits

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 are also included in the curricula.

On a business level, coding and reimbursement meetings are held on a regular basis to keep residents abreast of the latest issues.

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.

Several members of the division currently have NIH grants investigating various aspects of vascular diseases. The division also employs four vascular research coordinators who work on active prospective trials, as well as a full-time biostatistician.

Vascular surgery residents have 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

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