Vascular Surgery Training

Message from the Program Director

Faisal Aziz, MD

Faisal Aziz, MD

Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency ("0/5")

The Division of Vascular Surgery at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center was approved by the RRC in October 2009 for an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency. This five-year comprehensive clinical training program in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery matches medical students directly into Vascular training. Twenty-four months of General Surgery and 36 months of Vascular Surgery are incorporated over the five years. The program is based at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with electives available to rotate with Division faculty at Mount Nittany Medical Center. A complete schedule of didactic sessions and clinical conferences supplements the patient care and research activities of the Vascular Surgery Service. One trainee is accepted each year into the program.

The clinical expertise of the Division includes all components of the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders. Patients with a wide variety of arterial, venous, and lymphatic diseases receive evaluation from a "whole patient" perspective. The surgical faculty employ numerous methods and technologies for vascular reconstruction in patients requiring invasive therapy, as well as offer medical management for those with milder forms of disease. The entire spectrum of endovascular therapy is provided through the integrated framework of the Heart and Vascular Institute. The Division of Vascular Surgery provides non-invasive vascular testing as an integral part of patient management, and is both nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence.

The academic mission of the Division embraces scholarship in both clinical and related basic sciences. The Vascular trainees have the opportunity to pursue studies that may lead to presentation and publication of their work. The Division participates in major national clinical trials. It is active at all levels in developing quality standards for noninvasive testing.

Why have I chosen a career in Vascular Surgery?


Vascular Surgery Service Organization

Vascular surgery service at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute:

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

Penn State Medical Group - Colonnade:

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center - Reading, PA

Vascular surgery residents, general surgery residents, and medical students rotate at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Mount Nittany Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System.

Vascular surgery service has three physician assistants who complement the services.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

Penn State Medical Group - Colonnade

Teaching Methods

  1. Mandatory Conferences (please see "Conference" tab)
  2. Mandatory rotation in an attending's office once per week.
  3. Direct teaching in the operating room and during patient care.

Assessment Methods- Resident

  1. Verbal feedback during daily rounds and walk rounds
  2. Written self-evaluation twice a year
  3. Written evaluation by physician assistants at conclusion of rotation
  4. Written evaluation by faculty at conclusion of rotation
  5. Written evaluation by nurses twice a year
  6. Written evaluation by inpatients and outpatients once a month

Assessment Methods- Program Evaluation

  1. Written evaluation at completion of each rotation
  2. Written evaluation of the program at the completion of each year
  3. Performance on VSITE examination (yearly)

Level of Supervision
The nighttime and weekend attending call schedule is available to all through SmartWeb and the vascular surgery office.  An attending is designated to be the rounder each weekday. The rounder is responsible for all daytime and intra-operative consults and transfers.

Educational Resources
American College of Surgeons Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum
Anatomic Exposures in Vascular Surgery
Rutherford Vascular Surgery
Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE)

Training Includes
Fluoroscopy Training Program
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program ("0/5") Rotation Schedule

Vascular surgery (four months)
Trauma and acute care surgery
Night float
Surgical oncology
Plastic surgery
CT surgery

Vascular surgery (six months)
Community vascular surgery
CT surgery
HVICU (two months)
Plastic surgery
Trauma and acute care surgery

Vascular surgery (four months)
Community vascular surgery     
    (three months)
Surgical oncology
Interventional radiology
Trauma surgery

Vascular surgery (eight months)
Community vascular surgery

Vascular surgery/Community vascular surgery (twelve months)


Weekly Conferences









2nd Wednesday

HVI Basic Science Lecture

7:00-8:00 AM

H1154- Hamilton Conference Room

Vascular Teaching Conference

8:00-9:00 AM

H1154- Hamilton Conference Room


Vascular Preoperative and M&M

7:00-8:00 AM

H1154- Hamilton Conference Room




General Surgery Education & Training

7:00-8:00 AM

9:00-10:00 AM



There are also monthly conferences for GME CORE competencies and surgical grand rounds,  

Vascular Teaching Conference includes:

  • Bi-annual cadaver and simulation lab
  • Vascular Lab
  • Interesting Articles and Journal Club
  • Varied lectures by residents, fellows and faculty members

General Surgery Education & Training

  • Topics & location are assigned weekly
  • PGY1-PGY3 are required to attend these sessions if deemed relevant by the Assistant Program Director.
  • If sessions are not relevant, Vascular Skills, Case Based Learning or sessions in the Vascular Lab will be assigned.

Residents on vacation are excused from all conferences. Other than this exception or other extenuating circumstances previously approved by the Program Director and reported to the Program Coordinator, residents are expected to attend all conferences. If at an off-site rotation, please use the Adobe Connect link to sign into Vascular Teaching Conference and Vascular Preoperative and M&M Conference. Residents must participate in 75% of all required conferences. 

Vascular Previous Graduates

  • 2014 Sara Clark, M.D., Surgical Associates, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida
  • 2011 Steven Khoo, M.D., United States Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 2010 Ryan Messiner, D.O., St. Vincent Medical Group, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 2009 Robert Garvin, M.D., Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 2008 Charles Neuwirth, M.D., private practice, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 2007 Kevin Taubman, M.D., private practice, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 2006 Sai Sajja, M.D., Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Christopher Johnnides, M.D., Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado

Current Integrated Residents

Current Residents:

Daniel Calderon, M.D. 2011-2016

Adam Ring, M.D. 2012-2017

Emelia Bittenbinder, M.D. 2013-2018

Katelynn Ferranti, M.D. 2014-2019



Application Information

Interested Applicants should apply through the ERAS Web-based PDWS

Interview dates for the 2015/16 interview season will be Thursday December 3rd and Thursday December 10th. If selected to interview, applicants will receive an email from the Residency Coordinator with information regarding pre-interview dinners, hotels and interview schedules. If you have questions prior to this, please see the "Contact Us" page.


Step 2 CS is preferred and recommended for integrated vascular surgery residents due to the program being highly competitive. Preference is given to candidates who have already passed their examinations. Step 2 must be completed before we can rank you for the Match. Residents must take the USMLE Step 3 before completing their intern year.

Benefits, Policies & Stipends

Information on benefits, policies and stipends at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center can be found at the link below.

Hershey, Pennsylvania

The community is family-friendly with excellent schools. It is an easy commute to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New York City. Harrisburg International Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital. Please click on the link below to find out more about Hershey and surrounding area.


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Lauren Basti

Vascular Surgery Residency Coordinator

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Division of Vascular Surgery
P.O. Box 850, M.C. H053
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
717-531-8898 (phone)
717-531-4151 (fax)