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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 closely, allowing them to care for diverse communities of patients. Other unique aspects of the curriculum include dedicated junior and senior catheterization laboratory rotations, and an ultrasound imaging rotation in PGY-2, after which our trainees are eligible to take the PVI exam. The flagship academic service is divided into an elective service and an acute-care service, each run by an independent senior- level trainee. This structure affords the ability to work in both a close apprenticeship model and a more autonomous high-acuity model.

The University of Rochester Medical Center has long been known for innovation and leadership in vascular surgery. That sense of innovation is still flourishing today. The Division is embarking on a five-year strategic plan to develop domains of excellence around key vascular disease states. These domains will represent the foundation of vascular care moving forward, each led by a faculty champion and a lead resident on a rotating basis. This strategy not only allows us to differentiate as regional leaders in vascular care, but also fosters a unique educational environment.

Residents training in our program are the best in the country. Case volumes consistently exceed the 90th percentile across all open and endovascular categories. The University of Rochester boasts a region-leading minimal-access carotid program and the only physician-modified aortic endograft program in Upstate New York. The outpatient clinical enterprise is the busiest in the Department of Surgery supported by a four-site ultrasound laboratory. The vein center and ultrasound labs maintain full accreditation.

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 cardiovascular engineering and 3D printing 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. As the Program Director of Vascular Surgery, I believe in maintaining an open-door policy. This training program is focused on you and our responsibilities to you, and on assuring that you are educated in a non-hostile, academic environment. Our goal is to train clinically excellent surgeon-leaders.

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Michael C. Stoner, MD, FACS, DFSVS

Professor, Chief and Program Director, Vascular Surgery

Dr. Stoner discusses carotid artery surgery