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Vascular Surgery Residency

Welcome to the Vascular Surgery Residency Program

Stoner_webThank you for considering University of Rochester for your training in vascular surgery. I know you have many choices of training programs and I would like to discuss why I think that you would be pleased to train here.

The University of Rochester program is unique in that our trainees learn the art and science of vascular surgery in a variety of training environments: urban academic (Strong Memorial Hospital), urban community (Highland Hospital), and rural community (F.F. Thompson) and (Geneva General Hospital). The varied training environments enable our residents to work with faculty in an apprenticeship training model of comprehensive vascular care, allowing them to care for diverse communities of patients. This mixed training model provides a truly rewarding experience. Other unique aspects of the curriculum include dedicated junior and senior catheterization laboratory rotations and an ultrasound imaging rotation in the PGY-2 year, after which our trainees are eligible to take the RPVI exam.

The University of Rochester Medical Center has long been known for innovation and leadership in vascular surgery. Our renowned faculty include many current leaders in vascular surgery and have included pillars who established the field of vascular surgery including Drs. DeWeese, Adams, Rob, Ouriel, Green, Ricotta, Eklof, Feliciano, Shortell, Chuter and Greenburg. The University of Rochester was one among the first to establish the integrated (0+5) vascular surgery residency in 2006. This well-developed program will allow you to focus on your training as a vascular surgeon from the onset.  Under the influence of Dr. DeWeese’s commission on vascular training, the fellowship program was established in 1984. This proud legacy has had the privilege of training fine surgeons. Trainees have gone on to become chiefs of vascular surgery at institutions including Cincinnati, Columbia, Duke, Rochester and Temple. Past trainees have pursued academic jobs at institutions including Cleveland Clinic, Duke, Mass General, UCLA, UCSF, and University of Cincinnati.

In this era of diminished exposure to open surgery, the University of Rochester is fortunate to have maintained a large volume of open vascular surgery. While we practice the gamut of vascular surgery, we have particular expertise and experience in the management of carotid, aortic, peripheral vascular disease, venous disease, end-stage renal disease, and thoracic outlet syndrome. Similarly, your exposure to endovascular surgery at the University of Rochester includes large volumes of endovascular surgery incorporating carotid stenting, TCAR, EVAR and TEVAR. You will be trained to perform endovascular surgery in our hybrid operating room, a dedicated vascular surgery operating room suite designed with state-of-the-art imaging as well as intravascular ultrasound, percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy, and computer-assisted design for endograft stent sizing. You will also be trained to perform percutaneous procedures in outpatient catheterization laboratories. The division is active in the regional and national leadership of the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI).

Vascular surgery research remains part of the tripartite mission of our division, and structured research time is part of the training program. We are principal or associate investigators in numerous national clinical trials. The division maintains an active translational science lab, cardiovascular tissue bank, and robust outcomes research.

The graduate medical education (GME) programs at the University of Rochester are among the top nationally ranked GME programs in the United States. As the Program Director of Vascular Surgery, I believe in maintaining an open-door policy. This training program is focused on you, the trainee and our responsibilities to you, and to assuring that you are educated in a nonhostile, academic environment. My goal is to train clinically excellent surgeons who are leaders.


Michael C. Stoner , M.D.
Program Director
Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box SURG
Rochester, NY 14642
Office Phone: (585) 275-6772
Fax: (585) 756-7752
Residency Email:

Dr. Stoner discusses carotid artery surgery