Overview of Program

Michigan Vascular Center is a private vascular practice located in Flint, Michigan.  Founded in 1963, we are now over 50 years old.  Michigan Vascular Center is one of the oldest and longest running vascular pivate practice groups in the country.


This 2-year clinical fellowship is designed to provide comprehensive vascular training. Six full-time and two part-time vascular surgeons will continuously work with the vascular fellows at the three participating institutions and the office based practice.

The  fellowship will utilize the knowledge and skills-based curriculum developed by the American Association of Program  Directors in Vascular Surgery. This fellowship will provide each physician significant experience in vascular surgical  operations and endovascular procedures. In addition, the global management of patients with peripheral arterial disease,  including an emphasis on vascular medicine, will be incorporated into the daily learning environment.

...Extensive cross section of exposure to the entire vascular field

...Encourages intellectual curiosity to publish

...Exposure to the organizational infrastructure required to run a private practice in vascular surgery

............Vascular Registry

............Non-invasive vascular lab

............Hemodialysis Access Center


............Mobility Center (Amputee Rehab)

............Research Department

............Endovascular Simulator

Fellows will rotate through each of the hospital rotations and Michigan Vascular Center, alternating one month at a time.   sites and will rotate to the Michigan Vascular Center office sites.  This includes a combined Michigan Vascular Hemodialysis Access Center/Research Department rotation, and a VeinSolutions/Non-Invasive Vascular Lab rotation.

MCLAREN - FLINT (Rotation)

McLaren Flint will function as your employer during your Fellowship Program.  Incorporated in 1919, McLaren is a private, non-profit, 404-bed teaching hospital located in Flint, Michigan.  McLaren Flint is part of McLaren Health Care whose headquarters are also located in Flint.  McLaren is among the top 100 hospitals nationwide.  McLaren has a General Surgery Residency and an Orthopedic Residency whose residents rotate on the vascular service.  McLaren also has a residency program in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Radiology and a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship.

During your rotation at McLaren, Fellows under the guidance of vascular faculty, will gain experience by making rounds, responding to consults, scrubbing on vascular cases, supervising the vascular service, directly overseeing surgical residents, PA students and medical students who spend one week on the vascular service as part of their third year rotations.  The Fellows will assist in managing the operative and interventional schedule, run the service with oversight responsibility of PGY4, PGY2 or PGY1 surgical residents, and manage the census of the service.

The McLaren Foundation has provided a dedicated, state-of-the-art endovascular simulator for the training of vascular fellows.

Genesys Regional Medical Center

Founded in 1997, Genesys Regional Medical Center is a private, non-profit 410 bed hospital which includes a Level 2 Trauma Center.  Genesys arose after the consolidation of four area hospitals.  It is located in Grand Blanc, MI, a suburb of Flint and has a combined MD and DO staff.  Genesys is a member of Ascention Health, a faith-based health organization created by a merger of The Sisters of St. Joseph and the Daughters of Charity.

In addition to the Vascular Fellowship, Genesys has one of the largest primary care residencies in the state.  During your rotations here, Fellows will be exposed to both allopathic and osteopathic treatment philosophies.  They will gain experience making rounds with vascular faculty, scrubbing on vascular cases, supervising the vascular surgery service, directly overseeing medical residents, PA students and medical students.  Along with vascular faculty, they will manage the operative and interventional schedule, run the service and manage the census of the service.

Hurley Medical Center

Founded in 1908, Hurley Medical Center is a public, non-profit, 443 bed teaching hospital located in Flint, Michigan.  Hurley has a Level 1 Trauma Center.  Hurley is Flint's inner city hospital where Fellows will develop competence is communicating effectively with patients and families of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  Hurley has a number of medical specialty residencies and fellowships.  Vascular Fellows will interact with residents from training programs in pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, diagnostic radiology and orthopedic surgery.  There are currently no general surgery residents at Hurley.  In addition to the Vascular Fellowship, Hurley has a Trauma Fellowship.

GENESYS / HURLEY (Combined Rotation)

Genesys and Hurley Hospitals are a combined rotation.  Fellows will gain experience making rounds with vascular faculty, responding to consults and scrubbing on vascular cases.  Fellows will supervise the vascular service, directly overseeing surgical residents, and PA students who may rotate on the vascular service.  Vascular Fellows will be exposed to a variety of vascular trauma and will interact with the Trauma Fellows.  They will help manage the operative and interventional schedule, and with the assistance of vascular faculty, will run the service and manage the census of the service.

Michigan Vascular Center

Your office will be located at Michigan Vascular Center's main campus on Bristol Road on the outskirts of Flint, Michigan.  At the end of the day, no matter the rotation, you will likely return to the office where other faculty members also gather to see patients, read studies, and discuss your day.  All faculty members are affiliated with Michigan Vascular Center.  Its nine vascular surgeons work together as a team.  All physicians share the responsibility for care of each patient.

The Michigan Vascular Center consists of the principle office complex providing space for clinical encounters, a large non-invasive vascular laboratory, the Research arm, Mobility Center and administrative offices as well as three satellite offices.  Michigan Vascular Center has voluntarily achieved AAAHC accreditation, a private practice version similar to JCAHO accreditation for hospitals.  Personnel at the principal office coordinate scheduling of patient appointments, vascular procedures at all three participating local hospitals, vascular access procedures at the Surgery Center, and will coordinate the activities of the Vascular Fellowship.

Fellows will rotate through MVC's campuses each year.  The focus will be on all aspects of the outpatient experience from initial evaluation of the patient to determining a treatment plan, along with caring for patients in the Vascular Registry.  During this rotation Fellows will spend time in each of the follow locations/departments:

MVC Main Campus

This includes the outpatient office clinic and Mobility Center for amputees.  During hospital rotations Fellows spend one 1/2 day per week in clinic.  Fellows will also gain experience in private practice development and office management to include insurance billing, documentation and vascular registry maintenances.

MVC Non-Invasive Vascular Lab

Our vascular lab performs over 18,000 studies annually.  Fellows will acquire experience in vascular laboratory techniques and trained in vascular study interpretation in preparation for the, now required, Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) credential.


VeinSolutions is a free-standing center dedicated to providing comprehensive and exclusive care for patients with venous problems.  VeinSolutions employs the latest techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins, venous insufficiency, and vascular birthmarks.  Treatments include phlebectomy, sclerotherapy, venous ablation and pharmaco-mechanical Trellis(R).


During this rotation Fellows spend one dedicated week in the vascular lab at the main office learning arterial techniques and reading arterial studies.  Three weeks are spend at VeinSolutions including patient evaluations in the clinic, clinic procedures, learning non-invasive venous techniques and reading non-invasive venous studies.

MVC Access Center

The Hemodialysis Access Center was the first free-standing angio-access center dedicated to the vascular needs of renal patients in mid-Michigan.  The Access Center offers comprehensive vascular services including diagnostic imaging of fistulas and grafts, repairs and/or minimally invasive procedures using catheter-based techniques such as venograms, fistulograms, percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty, coil embolization of fistula side branches, graft declots, and hemodialysis catheter insertions and removals.

 MVC Research Department

Organized in 2002, it has currently participated in over 58 clinical research trials.  Clinical research opportunities will be provided and supported and a yearly research project will be required.


During this combined month's rotation, Fellows will spend four days per week assisting with procedures at the Access Center.  One day per week will be spent at the main office working on your annual research project.


The fellows will acquire in-depth diagnostic and therapeutic skills through exposure to common and complex  vascular disorders and disease states. Acquisition of knowledge will be through participation in weekly didactic conferences, clinical lectures, clinical patient rounds, journal clubs and independent study. Acquisition of technical  skills will follow the supervised performance of surgical and endovascular cases appropriate to the level of training.

Upon completion of the fellowship, trained physicians will be expected to be fully competent and confident in the  management of patients with vascular disease and be fully prepared to pass the vascular surgery qualifying and certifying examinations.

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