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Vascular Surgery Training Program

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Training Program PDF Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Overview of the Vascular Surgery Training Program
  • Description Of Clinical Services
  • Non-Invasive Clinical Vascular Laboratory Training
  • Endovascular Skills Training
  • Outpatient Experience
  • Basic Research Program
  • Basic Science Seminars
  • Clinical Research Program


Massachusetts General Hospital, a private voluntary institution built by public subscription, received its charter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1811. This charter defined its mission as the care of the sick and the education of those who provide this care. Today it is a large complex medical center, but this mission remains the same. MGH is a major teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School with an important role in the instruction of medical students, residents and fellows in all specialties.

In 1994, there was a well-publicized merger with the Brigham & Women's Hospital and MGH, with each institution being flagship components of the far-reaching Partners Healthcare Network. Both hospitals maintain the full spectrum of acute care services with no plans for service consolidation.

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is one of nine divisions within the Department of Surgery at MGH, with broad clinical programs for both primary and tertiary care problems; approximately 1,500 inpatients are treated each year. Included in Division responsibility is the non-invasive clinical vascular laboratory, which sees over 10,000 patients per year and has expertise in cerebral and peripheral vascular diagnostic modalities. Also included within the Division is the Vascular Surgery Research Laboratory under the direction of Michael T. Watkins, M.D.; principal areas of investigation include ischemic/reperfusion injury and spinal cord protection. There is also an active clinical research program including ongoing clinical trials which are an integral part of the academic program. There is close collaboration with the Cardiology interventional program at MGH, with a joint conference and collaborative protocols for a variety of endovascular interventions, including carotid stenting.

Biographies Of Vascular Division Faculty

Richard P. Cambria, M.D.
Dr. Cambria is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and received his surgical and vascular surgical training at MGH. He is Visiting Surgeon at MGH and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Perspectives in Vascular Surgery and the International Cardiovascular Journal. He is a member of numerous surgical societies including The American Surgical Association. His clinical research interests are in complex thoracoabdominal aortic reconstruction, risk stratification in vascular surgery, spinal cord protection and renovascular disease. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific papers and textbook chapters. Dr. Cambria has extensive experience in complex aortic reconstruction, especially thoracoabdominal aneurysms and is widely recognized as an authority in this area. He is Co-Director of the MGH Thoracic Aortic Center - a multi-disciplinary group with extensive experience in the management of the spectrum of thoracic aortic pathology. Dr. Cambria was appointed Chief of Vascular Surgery, effective January 1, 2002, and serves as Program Director for the Vascular Fellowship.

David C. Brewster, M.D.
Dr. Brewster is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and received his surgical training at MGH where he remained on faculty upon completion. He is currently a Visiting Surgeon at MGH and Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been active in Societies and Committees at the National and International level and recently served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. He is Past President of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery and Treasurer of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, North American Chapter, now the American Association for Vascular Surgery. He is the author of more than 250 papers and book chapters. Clinical interests include the spectrum of general vascular and endovascular surgery. Dr Brewster has spearheaded the stent graft program at the MGH and is internationally recognized for his contributions in this area.

Glenn M. LaMuraglia, M.D.
Dr. LaMuraglia received his M.D. from Harvard University and trained in general and vascular surgery at the MGH where, following his training, he remained on the faculty. He is currently Associate Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. LaMuraglia is a member of numerous regional and national societies and is presently Councilor of the New England Society of Vascular Surgery. He has strong clinical and research interests in the development of and application of photobiology upon vascular surgical problems. He is on the editorial board of Lasers in Medicine and is the author of over 110 scientific papers and chapters. His clinical interests include the spectrum of vascular and endovascular surgery.

Christopher J. Kwolek, M.D.
Dr. Kwolek is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and received his vascular surgical training at MGH. He also spent additional time as an endovascular fellow at the Arizona Heart Institute. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Endovascular Therapy and is a member of numerous societies including the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American Association for Vascular Surgery and the International Society for Endovascular Therapy. Due to his extensive experience in endovascular procedures including stent grafting, thrombolysis, renal and visceral artery angioplasty/stenting, carotid angioplasty/stenting, SFA/tibial intervention and venous intervention, Dr. Kwolek was recently recruited back to the MGH from the University of Kentucky where he served as director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. His clinical and research interests include endovascular procedures, device development and outcomes measures to evaluate vascular procedures as well as the full spectrum of open vascular procedures. He has made numerous regional and international presentations in the area of endovascular/vascular therapy and is the author/co-author of over 40 book chapters and articles.

Michael T. Watkins, M.D.
Dr. Watkins obtained his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1980. His surgical residency was completed at the Johns Hopkins and Strong Memorial Hospitals. He completed his clinical vascular fellowship at MGH in 1987. From 1987 through 1991, Dr Watkins completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cell Biology, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the Mallory Institute of Pathology at Boston University. After completing this postdoctoral training, Dr. Watkins started his own laboratory at the Boston VA Medical Center, where he secured extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, VA Merit Review, and the American Heart Association. He served as Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Boston VA Medical Center from 1998 through 2002, where he was also program director of an independent vascular surgery fellowship. In 2002, Dr. Watkins returned to the MGH to direct the vascular surgery research laboratory. He is a member of the Society of University Surgeons, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Society of Vascular Surgery. He is a current member of the Surgery and Bioengineering Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

List of Positions of Vascular Surgery Trainees:

JOHN AMBROSINO, M.D., Clinical Instructor in Surgery, Boston University, Brockton, MA, Vascular Surgery Practice, Brockton, MA.
ROBERT ATNIP, M.D., Chief, Section of Vascular Surgery, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.
JAMES BLACK, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore , Maryland
BRUCE J. BRENER, M.D., Professor of Surgery, University of New Jersey School of Medicine & Dentistry, Newark, NJ.
DAVID C. BREWSTER, M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
CLIFFORD J. BUCKLEY, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Scott & White Clinic, Temple, PA.
RICHARD P. CAMBRIA, M.D., Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
PATRICK CASEY, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Halifax Infirmary, Halifax, Nova Scotia
GEORGE T. CLARK, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Carolina Cardiovascular Surgical Associates, Raleigh, NC.
W. DARRIN CLOUSE, M.D., Division of Vascular Surgery, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX
JEFFREY C. COOKE, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
JOHN D. CORSON, M.A., Ch.B, Chief of Vascular Surgery; Professor of Surgery, Iowa University Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.
JEFFERY B. DATTILO, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville TN
JOHN D. EDWARDS, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Vascular Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
DAVID FRANKLIN, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.
JONATHAN P. GERTLER, M.D., Consultant in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Lecturer in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
JOSEPH S. GIGLIA, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati OH
JOHN W. HALLETT, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor ME
JONATHAN E. HASSON, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, Pinehurst, NC.
JON HUPP, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Surgical Associates of Lincoln, PC, Lincoln.
E. LYNNE KELLEY, M.D., Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven CT
CHRISTOPHER J. KWOLEK, M.D., Assistant Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
GLENN M. LaMURAGLIA, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
MICHAEL E.LANDIS, M.D., St. Francis Hospital System, Beech Grove, Indiana
ANDRE J. LaSALLE, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Rockwood Clinic, Spokane, WA
STEPHEN R. LAUTERBACH, M.D. Vascular Surgery Associates, Los Angeles, CA
MICHAEL P. LaQUAGLIA, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
RONALD R. MAGEE, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Wheat Ridge, CO
RANDOLPH MALONEY, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Beverly Hospital, Beverly, MA
LUKE K. MARONE, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
CHARLES J. McCABE, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, Associate Chief of Emergency Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
GEORGE H. MEIER, M.D., Norfolk Surgical Group, Brambleton Medical Center, Norfolk, VA
AMY MOSTAFAVI, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Boynton Beach FL 33435
SATISH MULUK, M.D., Pittsburgh, PA
W. DENNIS NEWTON, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Surgical Associates of Lexington, KY
THOMAS F. O'DONNELL, M.D., Professor of Surgery, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
PATRICK O'HARA, M.D., Staff Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
BRUCE PERLER, M.D., Chief of Vascular Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
MICHAEL J. PETERSEN, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Stony Brook, NY
WILLIAM PEVEC, M.D., Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery, Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, U.C. Davis Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento, CA.
PETER N. PURCELL, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Wilmington NC
EDMOND J. RAKER, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Virginia Mason Clinic, Seattle, WA
M. KATHLEEN REILLY, M.D., MCN, Vascular Surgery Practice, Spokane, WA
THOMAS F. REHRING, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Denver CO
BRIAN RIDGE, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Colorado Surgical Service, Wheat Ridge, CO
JACOB ROBISON M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
ANDREW H. SCHULICK, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Boynton Beach FL
JEFFREY SLAIBY, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
WILLIAM M. STONE, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
EARL C. STRAYHORN, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
JOHN J. VIGNATI, M.D., Vascular Surgery Practice, Lakes Regional Hospital, Laconia, NH
MICHAEL T. WATKINS, M.D., Director of Vascular Research Laboratory and Associate Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
JAMES WATSON, M.D., Northwest Surgical Specialists, Seattle, WA
CATHERINE M. WITTGEN, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis MO
JONATHAN WOODSON, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
DAVID T. ZELT, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, Queens University, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Contact Information

For further information about the program, please contact:

Suzanne M. Gautreau
Administrative Manager
Massachusetts General Hospital
Divison of Vascular Surgery
WAC 440
Boston MA 02114
617.726.8701 tel
617.726.8700 fax


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