Vascular Surgery

Fellowship

Welcome From the Director

Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. The University of Utah is the state’s flagship research university and the major referral medical center for the Intermountain West. We offer a fully-accredited, two-year training program which begins on July 1st of each academic year, with one fellow starting each year. We welcome your application to become part of our program. If selected to join our team as a fellow, we are confident that you will enjoy a dynamic and richly rewarding experience.

Clinical Service Profile (2013)

As an integral part of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, the Vascular Service encompasses:

  • 2,555 outpatient clinic visits annually
  • 8 to 18 daily in-patients hospital census
  • 7,500 vascular lab examinations annually
  • 920 vascular surgery OR cases annually

About Us

The Division of Vascular Surgery consists of six faculty members and two vascular surgery fellows. We have four mid-level practitioners at the University of Utah and one at the VA. The first year fellow spends the majority of their time at the University Hospital and the second year fellow at the VA. Call duties are shared by the two fellows. Night call is taken from home.

Teamwork and collegiality are high priorities for us. Working relationships among our faculty, fellows, residents and staff reflect this commitment. We cheer successes and share burdens. We work closely and collegially with several other groups especially Cardiology, General Medicine, Nephrology, Interventional Radiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Research

Opportunities for clinical research abound and we expect fellows to participate. Recent projects include:

  • Development of a Quality of Life Measure for Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia
  • Functional Outcome after Amputation following Lower Extremity Bypass
  • Timing of Pre-Operative Beta-Blocker Treatment
  • National trauma databank analysis of mortality and limb loss in isolated lower extremity vascular trauma
  • Guidelines for CSF drainage in TEVAR for anesthesia department
  • Evaluation of Endovascular Interventions on the Superficial Femoral Artery
  • Outcome and Cost Analysis of Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair vs. Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Training

Fellows are expected to attend and contribute to vascular conferences, journal club, Grand Rounds, and related training opportunities.

For those fellows who are also interested in pursuing a career in academic vascular surgery, we can arrange additional years of research training and immersion in basic and clinical research projects.

Thank you for your interest in the program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Utah. We have an excellent, dynamic training program set in the Salt Lake Valley one of the most beautiful and livable areas in this Country.

Requirements

Successful applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency at the time the fellowship begins in July.

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship program at the University of Utah participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service ERAS® which was developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It is a service that transmits residency applications, letters of recommendation, Dean’s Letters/MSPE, transcripts and other supporting credentials from applicants and medical schools to Fellowships, Osteopathic Internships and Residency programs using the internet. This website will allow you to complete one application and then apply to as many of the participating fellowship programs as you desire. The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Utah will not accept applications from any source except ERAS®.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact ERAS® directly at erashelp@aamc.org.

Learn more about Graduate Medical Education.

Katherine Reigstad, MD

Dr. Katherine ReigstadFellow, 2014-2016
  • General Surgery Residency: Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH
  • M.D. University of Minnesota,  Duluth, MN

  

Edward Samourjian, M.D.

Dr. Edward SamourjianFellow, 2013-2015
  • General Surgery Residency: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • M.D. St. George’s University

2012-2014  Christopher Ward, M.D.

Dr. Christopher WardFellow, 2012-2014
  • Specialties: General Surgery and Vascular Surgery
  • Current practice:  Kootenai Health, Coeur d’Alene, ID

2010-2012  Misty Humphries, M.D.

Dr. Misty Humphries
  • Specialties: Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA

2009-2011  David Kauvar, M.D.

  • Specialties: General Surgery and Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: Brooke Medical Center

2008-2010  Grant Erickson, M.D.

  • Specialties:  General Surgery and Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice:  Locums in Canada

2007-2009  Chinmaya Shelgikar, M.D.

  • Specialties: Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: 5325 Elliott Drive, Suite 104, Ysilanti, Michigan

2006-2008  Faheem Akhtar, M.D. 

  • Specialties: General Surgery and Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice:1500 East 2nd Street, Suite 206, Reno, Nevada

2005-2007 Roger Shinnerl, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

  • Specialties: General Surgery and Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: Evansville Surgical Associates, 520 Mary Street, Suite 520, Evansville, Tennessee

2004-2006 Daniel Kinikini, M.D.

  • Specialties: Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: University of Utah, 30 North 1900 East #3C344 SOM, Salt Lake City, UT

2004-2005 Wang Teng, M.D.

  • Specialties: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Endovascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: South Orange County Surgical Medical Group, 24411 Health Center Drive, Suite 350, Laguna Hills, CA

2003-2004 Michelle Mueller, M.D.

  • Specialties: Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: University of Utah, 30 North 1900 East #3C344 SOM, Salt Lake City, UT

2002-2003 Mark Harding, M.D.

  • Specialties: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: Cranley Surgical Associates, 3747 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, Ohio

2001-2002 Matthew J. Sideman, M.D.

  • Specialties: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, 11212 State Highway 151, Suite 190, San Antonio, Texas

2000-2001 Andrew Bourne, M.D.

  • Deceased

1999-2000 Brian Matteson, M.D.

  • Specialties: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: Cardiothoracic and Vascular Associates, 333 N 1st St # 280, Boise, ID

1998-1999 Stacey L. Mazzacco, M.D.

  • Specialties: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: Lancaster Surgical Group, 2014 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA

1997-1998 Mark Sarfati, M.D.

  • Specialties: Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: University of Utah, 30 North 1900 East #3C344 SOM, Salt Lake City, UT

1996-1997 Eric Irwin, M.D.

  • Specialties: Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: 3300 Oakdale Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1995-1996 Dixon Santana, M.D.

  • Specialties: Vascular Surgery
  • Current Practice: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th Street South, Lubbock, Texas

Contact Us

Michelle Mueller, MD
Fellowship Program Director

For information regarding fellowship training, please contact:

Kathy Asay
Program Coordinator
(801) 585-1425
email kathy.asay@hsc.utah.edu