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NIH T32 Vascular Research Training Grants​

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Harvard-Longwood Research Training in Vascular Surgery
This training program, the Harvard-Longwood Research Training in Vascular Surgery program, currently in its 21st year is designed to provide two years of intense basic and outcomes research training in vascular surgery for academic clinicians.

Trainees carry out their research projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor, selected from 20 renowned vascular researchers based at Harvard Medical School hospitals: the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's, Children's Hospital, the Joslin Diabetes Institute, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Scences. Laboratory training is supplemented by graduate level training at Harvard Medical School and Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with course selection complementing laboratory endeavors.

Applicants should be US citizens or permanent residents who are resident physicians. Most will have completed either two or three years of surgical residency or five years of clinical training (i.e. are board eligible). Only those applicants with career goals in academic surgery, with a keen interest in basic research in vascular surgery, will be compatible. Candidates pursuing a fellowship during a program of clinical training must provide evidence that they will be accepted back into that program upon completion of their research training. 

Selection is based on merit only, without bias to gender, race, color, or ethnic origin.

NIH Stipend, benefits, and academic appointment at Harvard Medical School as a Research Fellow. 
Application deadline: January 1, 2016. Program start: July 1, 2016
Contact Information
Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD
Harvard-Longwood Research Training Grant in Vascular Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave. Dana 805
Boston, MA 02215

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
​The NIH-funded Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University is a two-year mentored research training program designed for surgical residents (MD/DO) in general and vascular surgery and for PhD postdoctoral research fellows interested in vascular biology or vascular biomedical engineering careers. Our goal is to provide a seamless multidisciplinary environment in which the trainee may interact with a diverse group of distinguished research faculty. The T32 mechanism provides a stipend, tuition, fees for coursework, travel funds, and health insurance.

The key to this program is an individualized training plan developed by the mentor and trainee. The unique multidisciplinary environment provides trainees with opportunities to work with mentors from different disciplines. The goal of this program is to match the research interest of the trainee to mentors, coursework, seminars, meetings, and a research plan that will collectively provide the experience necessary to launch a successful career as a physician scientist. Trainees may select one of several tracks of study or a combination of tracks:​​​
  • Vascular biology with a basic science or translational clinical emphasis,outcomes/health services research
  • Biomedical devices in partnership with the Biomedical Engineering Department​, 
  • An integrated program designed by the trainee and his/her mentors.
Trainees who select the clinical outcomes/health services research track will pursue the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research degree program at NU. 

Candidates must hold either an MD, DO, or PhD degree.  MD/DO candidates must have completed at least two years of clinical training prior to enrolling in the program. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Applicants will submit a written application along with three letters of recommendation.
William H. Pearce, MD, or Melina R. Kibbe, MD
Division of Vascular Surgery
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
676 N. St. Clair, #650
Chicago, IL 60611

Stanford Cardiovascular Institute – Stanford University
Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) offers postdoctoral training fellowships for MDs and PhDs in Vascular Disease research: Mechanisms and Innovation in Vascular Disease. This NIH-funded T32 program balance rigorous research training with directed educational curricula and career-development opportunities with the goal of producing independent researchers. The program emphasizes career development, publications, oral presentations, and grant submissions as the means of achieving this goal.

Fellows select a primary mentor with whom to work, and a co-mentor to provide additional perspective, techniques, and other resources; regular evaluations of both the mentors and the fellows ensure consistent progress; a focus on career development provides each fellow a rich set of skills with which to move ahead. The CVI supports this training grant with courses, seminars, an annual retreat, and other resources.

Applications are accepted annually from January to April 15 for a July 1start date.

To learn more visit the Stanford CVI website.  

University of Michigan
The University of Michigan – Vascular Surgery: Research Training in Vascular Biology is a T32 program providing research training in vascular biology.  The program provides MD trainees with a basic science/translational science curriculum or a health services outcomes science curriculum. The strength of the program is the cross fertilization between the two curricula with common elements of training for both pathways. Training is centered at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) and at the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center. The NCRC is one-of-a-kind, with U-M resources and crucial scientific core facilities.  NCRC's environment is specifically designed to foster collaboration and innovation. NCRC has 28 buildings comprising 2.1 million square feet of office, research and manufacturing space. The Cardiovascular Center localizes all primary services included in the care and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Faculty for the program come from multiple disciplines including Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Human Genetics, and Pathology. There is a didactic component to the program, in addition to the trainee working intensely with individual scientists from the Program Faculty.

The emphasis is on the study of vascular biology and cardiovascular science with the ultimate goal to provide the next generation of leaders in academic vascular biology and cardiovascular science.

To learn more visit the University of Michigan's website.
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​University of Pittsburgh
The Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh has an active National Institutes of Health T32 "Vascular Surgery Research Training" grant intended to support the training of academic vascular surgeon-scientists, as well as non-clinicians scientists interested in vascular biology with a strong translational component, bridging the gap from bench research to clinical care. The grant supports trainees interested in basic science research or clinical and translational research in cardiovascular disease under the supervision of leaders in the student of vascular biology, hemostasis, and nitric oxide biology, as well as clinical and translational research. Trainees will acquire the investigational tools and experience that will serve as the groundwork for an academic career in either basic or clinical vascular research. 

This two-year training program is open to surgeon-scientists who wish to pursue academic vascular surgery careers. The program is open to trainees who have completed 2-3 years of general surgery or integrated vascular surgery residency training. While the main targets for this training grant are vascular surgery trainees, exceptional non-clinician scientists who desire vascular research training with greater clinical application may also apply. Trainees will be assigned a primary mentor as well as team of secondary mentors that bring complementary expertise to their areas of investigation. 

Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States and have already completed doctoral training with an MD or PhD degree. Applications of women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Positions are available for July 1.
Dr. Edith Tzeng 
Program Director, T32 VascTrain Grant
Professor of Surgery 
University of Pittsburgh
Chief of Vascular Surgery, VAPHS

University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Department of Surgery
  • Madison, WI
  • Post-Doctoral Trainee Opportunity in Vascular Surgery Research

The Vascular Division in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Madison invites applications for post-doctoral fellowship positions.  This program offers a two-year research opportunity including laboratory training in basic, translational, or clinical outcomes research in vascular disease.  Positions are available for the 2016-2017 academic year. The training program, funded by a T32 grant from the NIH (NHLBI), comprises over 20 MD and/or PhD faculty from the University of Wisconsin. The program emphasizes multidisciplinary studies in vascular biology, drug delivery, vascular imaging, and outcomes and health services research. Surgical residents as well as recent PhD graduates with basic training in disciplines related to vascular disease are encouraged to apply. US citizenship or permanent residency is required. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply to NIH-funded research opportunities. For additional information and application instructions please visit or contact the program at

Contact Information:
Maria Branca
Grants Coordinator
Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
H4/732 CSC
600 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53792-7375
Phone: 608-263-7045


Summer Opportunities

Harvard-Longwood Short Term Research Training in Vascular Surgery (NIH-T35)
The goal of this medical student fellowship sponsored by the NIH is to encourage the movement of technical innovation and relevant clinical findings from the laboratory to the vascular surgical community. The practice of medicine and the treatment of vascular disease become more and more challenging with each passing day. It is the hope of this fellowship that those who pursue this field will contribute to the advancement of medical care.

Seven medical student research fellowships are available for 10-12 weeks of summer research training in molecular and cell biology, biomechanics, coagulation and thrombosis, and angiogenesis, with a focus on clinically relevant problems such as atherogenesis, intimal hyperplasia, prosthetic/host interactions and thrombosis. Trainees will pursue a program of intense research activity. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research.

Students will carry out their research projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor, selected from renowned vascular researchers based at four Harvard Medical School hospitals: the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.

Selection of trainees is based on candidates’ demonstrated ability. Applicants should be medical students who have completed at least one year of study at an LCME or DO accredited school. According to NIH requirements, students have to be US citizens or US Permanent Residents (green card holder).  Selection is based on merit only, without bias to gender, sexual orientation, race, color, or ethnic origin. Stipend is based on NIH guidelines for undergraduate students dependent on the length of the fellowship.

Fellowships available: May 15, 2015

Deadline for application:  January 15, 2015

More information and Application available at:​

Loyola University Medical Center/Stritch School of Medicine
  • Summer research opportunity for U.S. medical students
  • Clinical research
  • Application Deadline: April 30
Contact information:
Jae Sung Cho, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Loyola University Medical Center
Department of Surgery
2160 S. 1st Avenue, EMS Bldg, Room 3215
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: 708-327-2387
Fax: 708-327-3492
Contact email:
Oregon Health and Sciences Center - Portland, Oregon
  • Principal Investigators: Dr. Gregory Moneta, Dr. Gregory Landry, Dr. Timothy Liem, Dr. Erica Mitchell & Dr. Amir Azarbal
  • Full-time, summer research opportunity for medical students between their 1st and 2nd year of school.
  • Students will be supported by their Principal Investigator to present completed work at local, regional and/or national meetings.
  • Additional Program Highlights: weekly Vascular Surgery Conferences, Biostatistics and Data Visualization Workshops, Vascular Surgery Clinic and OR shadowing.
  • Competitive salary.  Housing is not provided.
  • US, Canada and International applicants welcome.
    Application Deadline: March 31st
Send Letter of Interest & CV to:
Sharon G. Kryger, Research Associate
Division Vascular Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, OP11
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-494-7477
Fax: 503-494-4324

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University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Summer research opportunity for medical student, vascular surgery resident, or vascular surgery trainee
  • Applicants can be from US or Canada
  • Description: A variety of clinical and basic research projects are available for medical students and residents. Newer design stent grafts that are commercially unavailable in the US, can be used in Canada under the compassionate program. These newer designed grafts require careful follow up.
Contact Information:
University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital
Surgery, Vascular Surgery
York Hsiang, MD
510-943 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E3
Phone: 604-876-5882
Fax: 604-876-8085

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University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Summer research opportunity for medical students
  • Clinical research
  • Application Deadline: N/A
  • Opportunity is available for applicants from US
Contact Information:
Ross Milner, MD
University of Chicago Medical Center

5841 S. Maryland Avenue
MC 5028
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone (773) 702-6128

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Hospital
  • Summer research opportunity for medical student, vascular surgery resident, vascular surgery trainee
  • Applicants can be from US or Canada
  • Principal Investigators: Craig Kent/ Bo Liu 
  • Vascular surgery small animal model
  • The role of TGF and PKC signaling in restenosis and aneurysm formation
  • The role of stem cell in vascular disorder and tissue regeneration
  • Drug delivery development of tissue-specific drug delivery for vascular diseases
Contact Information:
University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Hospital
Department of Surgery/Division of Vascular Surgery
Daniel Shi
1111 Highland Ave
5133 WIMR
Phone: 608-213-6358

Other Opportunities

Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Opportunity for US or Canadian medical student or general surgery resident
  • Principal Investigator: Anil Hingorani
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Description: Multiple projects involving arterial, venous, arteriovenous access, carotid, aneurysm disease.  Clinical projects and  basic science
Contact Information:
Anil Hingorani MD
Lutheran Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY, 11209
Phone: 718-438-3800
Fax: 718-438-3131
University of Colorado Denver, Center for Collaborative Bioinnovation (T32)
The Department of Bioengineering and Section of Vascular Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver in conjunction with the newly formed Center for Collaborative Bioinnovation are seeking to hire a post-doctoral research fellow (PhD) to work at the intersection of bioengineering and vascular surgery.  The environment at the Anschutz Medical Campus is specifically designed to foster collaboration and innovation. Faculty for the program come from multiple disciplines including Bioengineering, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, as well as Cardiovascular Medicine. Trainees will be assigned a primary mentor as well as a team of secondary mentors that bring complimentary expertise to their areas of investigation.
This position is funded for two years through a National Institutes of Health T32 grant and requires applicants to be a US citizen or US permanent resident.  Candidates who have recently successfully completed a PhD in Bioengineering or related field with interest in pursuing a career in the cardiovascular field are encouraged to submit a CV and statement of research interests to the email or address below.  We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in developing new technologies in vascular surgery. Applications of women and minorities are strongly encouraged. 
Contact Information:
Dr. Omid Jazaeri MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Radiology
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Bioengineering
c/o Trina Smidt
Program Coordinator Vascular Fellowship
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
12631 East 17th Ave, Mail Stop C312, Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-2690 Fax: 303-724-2693

University of Rochester Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI)
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Rochester, NY
  • Target audience: Medical Student or Resident with B.S. in engineering
The mission of the CMTI is to create innovative device solutions to focused clinical problems through a cross-disciplinary collaboration. The program intends to directly affect improvement in patient care and outcomes while promoting a unique education in both clinical cardiovascular care and bioengineering design.  This one-year program culminates in a M.S. Degree in Biomedical Engineering.  All interested participants are required to have an undergraduate degree in any engineering discipline.  Applications will be accepted through the graduate Biomedical Engineering program as linked on the program website.
Contact Information:
Ankur Chandra, M.D., RPVI
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
Clinical Director, Center for Medical Technology and Innovation
Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 652
Rochester, NY  14642
585-424-1008 (fax)

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