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The Vascular Surgery Service

Six faculty staff the Vascular Surgery clinical teaching service. As our fellowship evolves to follow the changing paradigms in vascular education, we have maintained a high quality depth and breadth of experience for our general surgery residents, and the vascular surgery rotation remains a favorite among the residents. The service consists of a second-year fellow, a first-year fellow, a fourth-year chief resident, a junior resident, and one to three interns, as well as medical students. Most clinical activity occurs in the Ross Heart Hospital, University Hospital, and the James Cancer Center, but service is also provided at University Hospital East and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. With four surgeons operating at the main campus, there is ample operative experience for both fellows and all the residents. There are three operating rooms dedicated to the vascular surgery service in the Ross Heart Hospital OR, one of which is a GE Innova-equipped hybrid endovascular suite. Another dedicated peripheral vascular GE Innova suite is used in the cath lab.

Vascular Fellowship

The crown jewel of the Division is our accredited Vascular Surgery fellowship, which has been in existence since 1978. This is a two-year fellowship, and qualified applicants have completed the requirements for certification in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Click here for video of faculty and fellows discussing the Vascular Fellowship Program

Click here for video of Vascular Surgery fellow Babatunde Oriowo, MD discussing vascular surgery training at The Ohio State University





Clinical Experience

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. 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

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 500 major vascular operations and nearly 500 endovascular procedures. Fellows benefit from a faculty with a healthy age and 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.

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:

  • Alia Grattan, RVT
  • Amy Steinmetz, RDMS, RVT
  • Ann Marie Kupinski, PhD, RVT, FSVU
  • Anthony Comerota, MD
  • Brian Fowler, RVT
  • Christy Cornwell, RVT
  • Frank Miele, MSEE
  • Kelly Byrnes, BA, BS, RVT
  • Krishna Jain, MD
  • Marcelo Gomes, MD
  • Marge Hutchisson, RVT, RDCS, RPhs
  • Matthew Wernke, PhD
  • Michael Trivonovich, RVT
  • Patrick Muck, MD
  • Patrick Washko, RVT
  • Randall Franz, MD
  • Richard Fries, MD
  • Ross Milner, MD
Educational Conferences

Every Monday from 7:00 am 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
  • Endovascular Morbidity and Mortality and Angiogram
  • Vascular Research
  • Clinical and Basic Science Lecture aka Vascular Grand Rounds
  • Clinical Case Presentation, Vascular Lab Lecture
  • Faculty lectures from other specialties/Outside speakers
  • Vascular Journal Club
  • Pre-Operative Case
  • Interesting Case
  • 7 a.m. Team rounds with attending
  • Aortic Center of Excellence Conference
  • Multi-Disciplinary Peripheral Endovascular Conference.

Other educational miscellaneous conferences: Orientation to the Vascular Lab, Practice Management Resident Business Class, 2:1 Fellow/Attending Conference, Vascular Operations Council Meeting, PVS Communication Council Meeting, NSQIP/Surgical Site Infection Meeting, and Professionalism Council Meeting.

In addition, every Wednesday morning from 7:00 am to 8:00 am faculty-led teaching rounds are held, and 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. Visiting professors from 2004 to presented include:

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


Graduating fellows are fully equipped to practice the full spectrum of vascular and endovascular surgery in a private practice or an academic setting, and we expect them to participate as leaders in vascular surgery in their chosen communities.

For a list of graduates, CLICK HERE

For an application or more information on the vascular training program, contact the address below. This division also participates in the ERAS registration program. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview.

ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Services)

FREIDA Online (graduate medical education database)

NRMP (National Resident Matching Program)

Jean E. Starr, M.D.
Program Director
Division of Vascular Diseases and Surgery

Hosam Farouk El Sayed, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Program Director
Division of Vascular Diseases and Surgery

Dawn M. Sagle
Residency Coordinator
701 Prior Hall
376 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 293-8536
Fax: (614) 293-8902