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Surgery Education | Fellowship Programs
RVA and VCU School of Medicine
As an urban academic medical center, the VCU School of Medicine rests in the heart of Richmond, Virginia (RVA to those who live here). Our river city combines the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the charm and convenience of a small, historic city. Living in RVA
VCU Medical Center
The primary site of training, VCU Medical Center, is an 865-bed Level 1 Trauma Center performing almost 25,000 surgeries annually in 37 operating rooms. It has three modern hybrid rooms with a full range of capabilities including cone-beam CT and CT-fluoroscopy 3D fusion technology. A vascular surgery operative team including specially trained nurses and technologists are available 24/7 to provide expert support for open and endovascular cases.
Additional venues include the McGuire VA Medical Center, a 349-bed tertiary VA hospital, John Randolph Medical Center, and more. Each of these locations provide complimentary experiences to the core rotations.
Fellows achieve technical and cognitive excellence through direct teaching, repetition, and progressive autonomy.
At VCU Health Pauley Heart Vascular Center fellows are exposed to a wide variety of cases including complex endovascular and open thoracic and abdominal aortic surgery, mesenteric and renal reconstructions, endovascular and open peripheral interventions, carotid endarterectomy and stenting, first rib resection, venous surgery, major vascular reconstructions after trauma and oncologic resections.
The average case numbers from the two most recent fellowship graduates are provided below:
The fellowship is structured into four rotations, each three to nine months in length. Training is a coordinated effort among the vascular surgery faculty with a supplemental interventional radiology experience.
The program begins on the core VCU Medical Center rotation, focusing on vascular surgical principles for both open and endovascular procedures. During the second rotation, fellows participate in an interventional radiology rotation under the direct supervision of five interventional radiologists. This unique experience augments the broad vascular surgery training with a specific set of skills and experiences outside of traditional vascular surgery.
During the second year, fellows work again at VCU Medical Center, Baird Vascular Institute and HCA John Randolph Hospital, where they gain substantial open vascular surgical exposure and experience working in an outpatient facility. Fellows spend the last rotation at VCU completing their training on the core vascular surgery service. There are additional opportunities at the McGuire VA medical center to participate in specific, educationally valuable cases.
The Division of Vascular Surgery has several ongoing clinical research programs underway, including outcomes research related to aortic surgery and lower extremity revascularization using various endovascular techniques.
Although there is no dedicated research rotation, our fellows find adequate time to work on clinical research projects.
Recent trainees have presented their work at regional and national meetings on topics that include lower extremity bypass, dialysis access, aneurysm management and upper extremity deep venous thrombosis management. They have also been extensively published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, and other high impact publications. Recent publications
Fellows attend core teaching conferences in the departments of Surgery, including General Surgery Grand Rounds, General Surgery M&M Conference and Vascular Surgery M&M Conference.
We also provide a core Interdisciplinary Vascular Basic Science Conference each Tuesday morning, which is widely attended by vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists, peripheral vascular lab technologists, general surgery residents and medical students.
Monthly journal clubs round out the regular didactic schedule by introducing current vascular and endovascular literature.
2003–2004: Gregory Albaugh, M.D. | Community Memorial Hospital and Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center Vascular Surgery Provider, Oxnard, Calif.
2004–2005: William Kiang, M.D. | Marshfield Clinic at St. Joseph Hospital and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Medical School; vascular surgeon in Petersburg, Va.
2006–2007: Christopher Vincent, M.D. | University of Michigan Medical School and Case Western Reserve University Hospitals; vascular surgeon in Martinsburg, W.V.
2007–2009: Michael Amendola, M.D. | Virginia Commonwealth University; vascular and general surgeon at McGuire VA Medical Center and VCU Health System
2008–2010: Michelle DesChamplain, M.D. | University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and Medical College of Virginia; Atlantic Vein & Vascular Associates, PLLC, Virginia Beach, Va.
2009–2011: Avik Mukherjee, M.D. | Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine; Vascular Surgery Associates in Henrico, Va.
2012–2014: Taheri Hamed, M.D. | Easton Hospital in General Surgery and Ross University School of Medicine Medical School; vascular surgeon in Las Vegas, Nev.
2013–2015: Sundeep Guliani, M.D. | University of Florida College of Medicine; surgeon in Albuquerque, N.M.
2014–2016: Umashankar Ballehaninna, M.D. | Maimonides Medical Center in General Surgery and J.J.M Medical College Medical School; vascular surgeon at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Troy Community Hospital, Sayre, Pa.
2015–2017: Alexander Nguyen, M.D. | Drexel University College of Medicine; vascular surgeon at Keesler Medical Center, Biloxi, MS
2016–2018: Margaret Rigamer, M.D. | Louisiana State University School of Medicine; vascular surgeon at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
2017–2019: Issa Mirmehdi, M.D. | Ross University School of Medicine; vascular surgeon with Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Daytona, FL
2018-2020: Michelle Richard, M.D. | vascular surgeon at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
2019–2021: Abraham Korn, M.D. | vascular surgeon, Hilo Medical Center, Hilo, HI
We participate in the standard match process. All complete applications are evaluated through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and candidates are ranked through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
For more information on how to apply, contact Katie Pyzowski, BSHA at (804) 828-3211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark M. Levy, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Vascular Division Chair
Daniel H. Newton, MD
Associate Program Director
Katie Pyzowski, BSHA
16th Floor, East Wing
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0108
Phone: (804) 828-3211
Fax: (804) 828-2744
Isaiah Brown, MD
2020 Vascular Fellow
Francisco Aponte-Rivera, MD
2021 Vascular Fellow