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Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

Pennsylvania Hospital, front of buildingThe Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital is a two-year fellowship and was one of the first accredited vascular fellowships in the United States. The program has been continuously accredited by the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS) and ACGME since 1993 and was re-accredited without citations in 2019. Keith Calligaro, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery, has served as Program Director for 25 years. He completed his vascular fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York under the direction of Frank Veith, MD. Dr. Matthew Dougherty, Assistant Program Director, has been a faculty member since 1992. He completed his vascular fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Douglas Troutman completed his vascular fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and joined the program as a faculty member in 2013. The service has a full complement of advanced physician providers assigned to the vascular service, including Kristen Borzomatti, AGACNP-BC, Erica Bonavitacola, PA and Bryan Blanchard, AGACNP-BC.Night and weekend coverage is provided by senior general surgery residents and nurse practitioners. Vascular fellows do not take in-house call. The service is very collegial and close personal attention is paid to the fellows.

The program offers a unique opportunity to learn advanced complex vascular procedures in a tertiary-care hospital with state-of-the art equipment with close personal attention by the faculty. The vascular fellows gain extensive vascular experience in all aspects of vascular care, including complicated open thoracic and aortic operations, carotid and lower extremity arterial surgery, and complex endovascular interventions to treat aortic, carotid, mesenteric, renal and lower extremity pathology, along with procedures frequently performed in clinical practice that are omitted in many fellowships, such as hemodialysis access construction, endovascular office-based venous procedures, and endovascular PAD interventions in our office-based access center. The reputation of the attending vascular surgeons and Pennsylvania Hospital draws patients from two to three hours away for complex vascular problems.

Illustration of Pennsylvania hospital circa 1780sThere are two vascular operating rooms, both with fixed imaging ceiling-mounted fluoroscopy. Radiologists and cardiologists do not have access to these rooms. All endovascular procedures performed by the fellows are done under the direction of the attending vascular surgeons in the hospital, but also at a nearby ambulatory access center where the fellows have the opportunity to gain experience doing these procedures in the non-hospital setting.

The staff is very academically oriented and emphasizes teaching and academic productivity. Vascular fellows publish one to five articles per year.

Dr. Calligaro has given more than 250 invited lectures, co-authored 190 abstract presentations at regional and national meetings, and has been a co-author of 145 peer-reviewed articles. He has been widely published in areas including graft infections, the role of the non-invasive vascular laboratory in graft surveillance, and academic aspects of vascular surgery. He has served as President of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery and the Eastern Vascular Society. Dr. Calligaro has also served or is currently serving on the Executive Council of the APDVS, the Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS, and as an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Doctor's in operating roomDr. Dougherty has given 49 invited lectures, co-authored 119 abstract presentations at regional and national meetings, and has been a co-author of 99 peer-reviewed articles. He is widely published in complex aortic surgery and hemodialysis access. He has served as President of the Eastern Surgical Society and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Troutman has given nine invited lectures, been involved in 36 abstract presentations at regional and national meetings, and has been a co-author of 25 peer-reviewed articles. He has published in areas relating to the non-invasive vascular laboratory.

This coming April we will hold the XXVIIth Annual Pennsylvania Hospital Vascular Symposium with the most renowned vascular surgeons in the United States serving as speakers and with active participation by our vascular fellows.

The hospital is located in the historic section of center city Philadelphia, which is a safe, affordable, vibrant area of the city and within walking distance of outstanding restaurants, sporting activities, and social events including major concerts.

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