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Letter From Our Directors

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Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Fellowship. We sponsor a fully-accredited, traditional two-year fellowship for applicants who have completed five years of general surgical training. Each year we accept a single fellow with the goal of training leaders not only in the field of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, but all of medicine.

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions are steeped in tradition. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked nationally in the top five of the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings for more than 20 years. The Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery is the birthplace of modern surgical training with chairpersons including Halsted, Lewis, Blalock, Zuidema, Cameron, and Freischlag.

The Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy similarly has a long history of excellence. William Halsted described the first aneurysm repair in 1912, Bertram Bernheim wrote the first textbook on vascular surgery, and G. Melville Williams originated the retroperitoneal approach. Under the former guidance of Dr. Bruce A. Perler, now Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Financial Affairs in the Department of Surgery and Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Surgery, and leadership of the current Division Chief, Dr. James H. Black, III, the division has grown to include multiple service lines which expand on the interdepartmental, collaborative efforts which Johns Hopkins is known for nationally and internationally. These include the Dana & Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases, Stroke Center, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Service. Each service line affords the fellows unparalleled exposure to difficult vascular diseases, as well as their surgical management.

The fellowship itself is one of the busiest in the nation, including a wide array of both open and endovascular procedures. Fellows typically complete the required ACGME defined category minimums before their first year has even finished. Due to an ever increasing case volume, the service is divided into two teams giving each fellow a level of independence in decision making and patient management, as well as the ability to be mentored equally by each attending staff. Fellows receive ample exposure during both years to the Vascular Lab and outpatient clinic setting. There are numerous clinical research projects being performed throughout the year. The Johns Hopkins Surgery Center for Outcomes Research (JSCOR) within the Department of Surgery provides the division with expert statistical assistance. Fellows are encouraged and expected to present their research at national society meetings. Furthermore, protected time is set out for the senior fellow to travel to the Moore course, VIVA, VEITH, and other national meetings.

There is also a protected educational morning on Thursdays with lectures from expert Johns Hopkins faculty on a wide range of topics related to both vascular surgery and vascular medicine. Each year we have two invited lecture series, the Brandi Rutherford Lecture and the Miller Lecture, which bring world renowned vascular surgeons to Baltimore to talk on varied vascular topics.

The training at Johns Hopkins is unparalleled. The breadth of both open and endovascular cases and their level of complexity prepare the fellows for any future career they choose. We hope that you will consider applying to our program. Applications are made through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service at the Association of American Medical Colleges. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at, or our administrator, Diana Call, at

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