About the Program

The strength of our fellowship is the tremendous depth and breadth of clinical material. We offer a comprehensive educational program in routine and complex vascular reconstructions using both open and endovascular techniques. The endovascular and open surgery experience is combined seamlessly throughout the fellowship experience, as in real world practice.


While we are fully engaged in all progressive developments in endovascular surgery, the open surgical experience remains robust at Ohio State. Recent graduates have finished with an average of over 250 major open vascular procedures. Fellows benefit from a faculty with a healthy experience range and diverse training backgrounds, ensuring exposure to multiple solutions to vascular problems.

Fellows also participate in the outpatient clinic one day per week to ensure continuity of care and familiarity with outpatient diseases and preoperative risk stratification.

Clinical Experience

The experience covers the full range of Vascular Surgery, including:
  • Aortoiliac, femoropopliteal and tibial occlusive disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Thoracic, thoracoabdominal and abdominal aortic aneurysms and dissections
  • Peripheral and visceral aneurysms
  • Open mesenteric and renal revascularization
  • Open venous reconstructions
  • Management of outpatient venous diseases
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair
  • Tibial, mesenteric, renal and carotid interventions
  • Percutaneous atherectomy, thrombectomy, and pharmacomechanical and standard thrombolysis
  • Percutaneous venous interventions including DVT thrombolysis
  • Thoracic outlet disease
  • Spine exposure
  • Dialysis access
  • Pediatric vascular surgery
  • Portal hypertension

The Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory

The fellowship offers extensive experience in the noninvasive lab and requires active weekly participation not only in interpretation of studies but also in performance of sonography. Finishing fellows will be eligible to sit for the RPVI exam.

Our vascular lab hosts an annual Vascular Noninvasive Testing Symposium, a regional meeting for vascular physicians, sonographers, and clinicians focused on contemporary vascular sonographic techniques. Fellows participate as faculty at this meeting. Recent speakers have included:

  • Geoff Blossom, MD
  • Kellie Brown, MD
  • Kelly Byrnes, BA, BS, RVT
  • Anthony Comerota, MD
  • Christy Cornwell, RVT
  • Michelle Dalanno, RVT
  • Brian Fowler, RVT
  • Randall Franz, MD
  • Richard Fries, MD
  • Marcelo Gomes, MD
  • Alia Grattan, RVT
  • Joseph Hughes, RVT, RVS, FSVU
  • Marge Hutchisson, RVT, RDCS, RPhs
  • Krishna Jain, MD
  • Ann Marie Kupinski, PhD, RVT, FSVU
  • Frank Miele, MSEE
  • Ross Milner, MD
  • Patrick Muck, MD
  • Andrea Obi, MD
  • Louisa Pecchioni, MD
  • Richard Rae, RDMS, RVT
  • Tammy Rubin, RVT
  • Amy Steinmetz, RDMS, RVT
  • Michael Trivonovich, RVT
  • Todd Vogel, MD
  • Matthew Wernke, PhD
  • Patrick Washko, RVT
  • Leslie Wormely, RVT

Educational Conferences

Every Monday from 7:00am to 9:00 am, clinical activity is suspended and our educational conferences take place. All faculty, fellows and on-service residents and students participate. Faculty and fellows rotate presenting topics following the

APDVS basic science and clinical curricula; the entire curriculum is covered over a two-year period.

Vascular residents will attend and participate in the following vascular surgery conferences:
  • Vascular Morbidity and Mortality
  • Vascular Research Review
  • Vascular Grand Rounds
  • Clinical Case Presentations
  • Vascular Lab Lecture
  • Faculty lectures from other specialties/outside speakers
  • Vascular Journal Club
  • Pre-operative Case Conference
  • Aortic Center of Excellence Conference

In addition, every Wednesday morning from 7:00 to 8:00am., faculty-led teaching rounds are held with the entire service. Once a month, the fellows spend an hour with a single faculty member devoted to discussion of advanced vascular topics.

We also participate in general surgery grand rounds and morbidity and mortality conferences, and quarterly we host a visiting professor in vascular surgery. Past visiting professors include:

  • Frank Arko, MD
  • James Black, MD
  • Daniel Clair, MD
  • Joseph Coselli, MD
  • Brian DeRubertis, MD
  • David Dexter, MD
  • Carlos Donayre, MD
  • John Eidt, MD
  • Roy Greenberg, MD
  • Nilesh Goswami, MD
  • Brian Hopkinson, MD
  • Jim Joye, MD
  • Gregory Kasper, MD
  • Patrick Kelly, MD
  • W. Anthony Lee, MD
  • Robert Lookstein, MD
  • Micael Makaroun, MD
  • Thomas Maldonado, MD
  • Jon Matsumura, MD
  • D. Christopher Metzger, MD
  • Peter Nelson, MD
  • Bruce Perler, MD
  • Martin Prince, MD
  • Seshadri Raju, MD
  • John Ricotta, MD
  • John Rundback, MD
  • Larry Shindleman, MD
  • Mehdi Shishebor, DO
  • Scott Stevens, MD
  • Tim Sullivan, MD
  • Grayson Wheatley, MD
  • Chris Zarins, MD

Research Opportunities

Each fellow is expected to submit an abstract for presentation at a regional or national meeting. Ample opportunities are available in outcomes research, retrospective chart reviews and prospective trials run by our faculty. For those with a sincere interest, vascular biology research opportunities are available in the labs of Cameron Rink, PhD and Lian-Wang Guo, MS, PhD. Dedicated time for basic research may be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Each fellow will be fully supported to attend the Wesley Moore course.
Application Process

Application Process


Residents within graduate medical education training programs must sign the Limited Staff Agreement prior to beginning their residency program. This agreement is uniform for all house staff, and is modified and approved annually by the Graduate Medical Education Committee, with input from the Resident Advisory Committee. This agreement is updated each spring, based on changes in university benefits, medical staff rules and regulations, and ACGME or other accreditation and regulatory requirements. Please see the OSUWMC GME Policy on Eligibility Requirements for Appointment into Residency and Fellowship Programs on the GME website.


  • Must have received primary degree, BS or BA
  • Must have received medical degree from an ACGME-credentialed medical school
  • Must have finished an ACGME-credentialed five-year residency in general surgery
  • Must be registered with National Residency Match Program
  • Must be entered in ERAS
  • Must have taken ABSITE and supply transcript
  • Must have taken USMLE and supply transcript
  • Must have three good letters of reference
  • If a foreign graduate, must be in good standing with ECFMG and have J1 Visa and ECFMG certificate
  • Transcript
  • Photograph
  • MSPE, if possible
  • Personal statement
  • COMLEX transcript, if applicable
Applicants eligible for appointment must meet the following qualifications to maintain compliance with the Institutional Requirements published by the ACGME:
  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States of America and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States of America accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Graduates of medical schools outside of the United States of America and Canada who have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), or have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Ohio
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States of America who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school
  • For entrance into ACGME-accredited subspecialty programs, completion of an ACGME-accredited core residency program in the field or equivalent is required

Applicants must be eligible for either a training certificate or a permanent medical license as granted by the State Medical Board of Ohio. Prior to appointment into the program, applicants must have either an acknowledgment letter of receipt of training certificate application, a newly issued or renewed training certificate, proof of receipt of application for permanent Ohio medical license or a permanent Ohio medical license.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must hold permanent resident status and be eligible to apply for or hold a J-1 Visa. The institution and training programs agree to assist the resident as necessary with completion of immigration paperwork, but the ultimate responsibility for its completion remains with the resident. Applicants must apply for and receive limited staff privileges at The Ohio State University Hospital, as defined in the OSUH Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations. Prior to beginning the program, the individual must have been granted either limited staff privileges or temporary limited staff privileges.


Qualified applicants are reviewed by the program director on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities, such as motivation and integrity. The program director may receive help in scanning these documents from attending staff, at his discretion. Applicants will either be offered an interview or sent a rejection letter.

All applicants are interviewed by the vascular surgery faculty for 30 minutes. At the conclusion of each individual interview, the interviewing faculty member rates the applicant by completing an evaluation form. At the end of the interview day, all faculty meet to discuss the candidates and give each one a final rank number from one to 10. At the end of the interview process, the program director receives a composite list of all applicants in order by their score.

The Department of Surgery is an equal-opportunity employer. It does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.


In order to be promoted to the second year of the vascular surgery residency or to graduate from the program, vascular residents must clearly demonstrate the following at the conclusion of their training:

  • Acquisition of a solid foundation of fundamental surgical knowledge prior to progression in the program to the level of independent patient management and operative care
  • Mastery of specific clinical objectives
  • A high level of professionalism, interpersonal communication skills, ethical behavior and sensitivity to a diverse patient population

The program director, in conjunction with the Resident Review Committee, will evaluate the vascular residents’ progress semiannually and decide whether their performance is appropriate for their level of training, and whether it warrants advancement at the end of the academic year to the next level of responsibility or graduation. Under no circumstance will either party terminate employment without providing the other party an opportunity to discuss and review any dissatisfactions or grievances that may exist. The program director shall notify the resident in writing if he or she will not be advanced or will not receive a certificate of completion. Notification will occur at least four months prior to the end of the resident’s contract. However, if the primary reason for the non-renewal occurs within the four months prior to the end of the contract, the program director will ensure that the resident is provided with as much written notice of the intent not to renew/graduate as the circumstances will reasonably allow, prior to the end of the contract. Residents may implement grievance procedures when they have received a written notice of intent not to renew their contract. The “Right of Due Process” is described in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Limited Staff Agreement. Please also see the OSUWMC GME Policy on “Resident Due Process, Fair Hearing and Grievance” and “Administrative Actions and Dismissal” on the GME website.

What our fellows have to say about Ohio State

Watch past vascular surgery fellow, Batantunde Oriowo, MD, explain why he chose Ohio State.

Current Vascular Surgery Fellows

Current Vascular Surgery Fellows

Daisy Chou, MD Second-year fellow

MD: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Jennifer Baker, MD First-year fellow

MD: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Past Fellows

Past Fellows

2006 - 2017

  • 2016-2018 -- Ghaleb Darwazeh, MD 
  • 2015-2017 – Suzanne Kool, MD
  • 2014-2016 – Babtunde Oriowo, MD
  • 2013-2015 – Loren Masterson, MD
  • 2012-2014 – Nicolas Mouawad, MD – Employer: Bay Heart and Vascular - Michigan
  • 2011-2013 – Axel Thors, DO – Employer: Bay Heart and Vascular - Michigan
  • 2010-2012 – Joseph Habib, MD – Employer: University of Florida
  • 2009-2011 – Maria Litzendorf, MD – Employer: University of Maryland
  • 2008-2010 – Siddharth K. Bhende, MD – Employer: Arizona Vascular Surgery Consultants
  • 2007-2009 – Richard R. Fries, MD – Employer: Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgeons, Inc
  • 2006-2008 – Gregory W. Walker, DO – Employer: Clark, Kasper, Walker Vascular Surgery
  • 2006-2007 – Nnamdi Azie, MD – Employer: Miami Valley Heart & Lung Surgeons, LLC

1996 - 2005

  • 2005-2006 – Kenneth J. Wright, MD – Employer: Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay
  • 2004-2005 – John S. Foor, MD – Employer: Mt. Carmel Vascular Services
  • 2003-2004 – David J. Finley, MD – Employer: Vascular and Hand Surgery Ltd
  • 2002-2003 – Deepak Guttikonda, MD – Employer: Community Heart and Vascular
  • 2001-2002 – Bart A. Chess, MD – Employer: Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Service Center
  • 2000-2001 – Dawn M. Salvatore, MD – Employer: Indiana Vascular Surgeons
  • 1999-2000 – Randy J. Irwin, MD – Employer: Cardiothoracic Surgeons & Vascular Specialist
  • 1998-1999 – Norman Kumins, MD – Employer: DuPage Medical Group CV Surgery
  • 1997-1998 – Stavros Kalliafas, MD – Employer: Private practice
  • 1996-1997 – David S. Landau, MD – Employer: University of Illinois Hospital

1987 - 1995

  • 1995-1996 – George Geroulakos, MD – Employer: Charing Cross Hospital
  • 1993-1995 – Deepak Gupta, MD – Employer: Private practice
  • 1992-1994 – J. Chadwick Tober, MD – Employer: Memorial Surgical Specialist
  • 1991-1993 – John D. Horowitz, MD – Employer: Surgical Specialist Central Florida
  • 1990-1992 – Matthew L. Lukens, MD – Employer: Heartland Vascular Surgeons
  • 1989-1991 – Douglas W. Massop, MD – Employer: Iowa Clinic Cardiovascular Services
  • 1989-1990 – Edward E. Rigdon, MD – Employer: Private practice
  • 1988-1989 – William R. Finkelmeier, MD – Employer: Cardiothoracic Surgeons and Vascular Specialist
  • 1987-1988 – Alan J. Annenberg, MD – Employer: Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgeons

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