Program Structure

The Duke Vascular Surgery Residency Program is designed to provide a solid grounding in the full spectrum of vascular surgical procedures for talented and motivated surgical trainees. Our residency experience is enhanced by the extraordinary clinical volume handled by the Duke hospitals, and the strong commitment of our faculty to education and scholarly achievement.

Our residency emphasizes broad-based training in both open and endovascular procedures, and residents will leave the program with the training and experience to manage, with confidence, all arterial and venous pathology with open, endovascular, or non-operative approaches.

We fully expect that graduating residents will be able, with equal skill, to do a femoral-tibial bypass with spliced arm vein or a laser atherectomy of the popliteal artery with retrograde tibial access. They will be able to perform open thoracoabdominal repair of an extent IV thoracoabdominal aneurysm as expertly as they deploy a fenestrated aortic endograft. By the end of the seven year training program, our trainees should feel comfortable preforming venous interventions of all types — from office-based sclerotherapy to saphenous vein ablation, to central venous recanalization and stenting.

Finally, our trainees will be adept at non-operatively managing vascular pathology, completing the comprehensive skill set needed to join any type of vascular surgery practice.