Vascular Fellows experience a broad spectrum of vascular surgery.

Program Overview

The fellow will spend his/her time between 3 institutions: Audie L. Murphy VAH, University Hospital and Saint Luke’s Baptist.

The VAH is a wonderful opportunity for any graduate medical program, but for vascular surgery it is outstanding. It is such a great honor to care for those who have served. The fellow will spend the first 6 months in a mentored setting with both operative, clinic and ward responsibilities. He/she will also have protected time to work in the vascular lab. This will be in preparation for the mandatory RPVI exam.

The next 9 months will be at University Hospital (UHS)– a 700 bed facility with a dedicated hybrid suite and IAC accredited vascular laboratory. It serves Bexar County hospital district and is also the regional Level 1 trauma hospital. UHS offers experience with complex aortic trauma as well a population of patients with advanced complications of diabetes. The fellow will also begin the framework for the research/outcome project required for graduation.

In the mid portion of the second year, the fellow will complete a 3 month rotation with Dr. Toursarkissian at Saint Luke’s Baptist (SLB). This is an extremely busy “private practice” style rotation with a gifted teacher. It is a wonderful one-on-one experience.

The fellow will finish the second year back at the VAH, but this time will be offered more autonomy with independent clinics and more decision making responsibilities. He/she will also complete and present the research topic in the area that they have chosen.

University Health System (UHS)

University Health System (UHS)’s Level I trauma center serves a 22-county region of South Texas – an area of almost 27,000 square miles – providing comprehensive care to many of the most critically injured patients from Bexar County, South Texas and beyond. UT Trauma faculty and residents staff the trauma center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

University Health System(UHS) has a brand new facility that opened on the 14th of April 2014. It has 713 beds and it serves the Bexar County population and referred private patients of the Health Science Center faculty. All surgical staff are full-time UTHSCSA faculty. A Level I trauma center, the hospital provides state-of-the-art health care and spans the range of medical, surgical, obstetrical, and pediatric specialties. Critical care facilities include several specialized intensive care units, including the largest neonatal ICU and a cardiac catheterization laboratory with full intervention and electrophysiology capabilities. Other specialized facilities include a hybrid or suite dedicated to a full range open and percutaneous endovascular procedures. An IAC accredited vascular laboratory is also on campus in the vascular center.
University Hospital website

South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Located across the street from University Hospital, Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital (VA) provides rotations in General Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Urology, and Endoscopy. Approximately 3,600 elective surgical procedures are performed yearly at the VA. All patients are seen pre- and postoperatively in contiguous outpatient facilities. The VA facility provides an older patient population with complex medical and surgical disease processes, although there are ample patients with more common surgical problems such as inguinal hernia.
Audie Murphy VA Hospital website

St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital

Located in the South Texas Medical Center, St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital opened in 1978 and offers a beautiful women’s center with all private rooms for new mothers, surgical services, orthopedics, rehabilitation and more. Also offers an accredited Chest Pain Center, Level III neonatal ICU, Brain and Stroke Network.
St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital website