Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

Academic Faculty, Erica Mitchell, M.D. and Timothy Liem, M.D. investigate patient scansThe goal of the two-year OHSU Vascular & Endovascular Surgical Fellowship is to provide exceptional training for accomplished surgeons in the specialized field of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Our curriculum is designed within a framework of systematic training that provides the essential elements of specialty based knowledge, clinical judgment, technical and operative skills and professional skills and behavior, critical for success in either an academic environment or community practice setting. The objective of the program is to train vascular surgeons who will be able to work independently and to the standard of an attending or consultant surgeon.

Fellowship Information

Program Director

Erica L. Mitchell, M.D.


Julie Lockerby, MPA


OHSU Department of Surgery
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Mailcode L223
Portland, OR 97239

503 494-7145

503 494-4324


Number of Fellows (per year; July 1 to June 30)


Application process

Interest in the Vascular Surgery specialty is identified early within the existing group of OHSU general surgery residents. Fellowship preference is granted to in-house candidates who have demonstrated an aptitude and interest in vascular procedures through their general surgery rotations. Should there be a year in which no OHSU general surgery residents are interested in Vascular Surgery, we will contact other institutional programs to solicit interest from external candidates and proceed with interviews.

Number of Faculty


Learn more about the Division of Vascular Surgery at OHSU


Dependent upon PGY level; 2013-2014 range: $61,500 to $67,200.

Case mix/number of cases

Approximately 500 cases for the fellowship year, including arterio-venous fistula, extra-anatomic bypass, infra-inguinal bypass, open AAA, CEA evaluation and amputation.

Strengths of program

The Vascular and Endovascular Fellowship program provides extensive training and research opportunities to accomplished surgeons, who wish to succeed in either an academic environment or community practice setting. The Vascular Surgical Service at OHSU, staffed by six faculty members (three from OHSU and three from the Portland VA Medical Center) perform over 500 major open arterial reconstructions annually, in addition to an equal amount of smaller cases. Clinical vascular surgical research is supported by the division via the National Institute of Health and from industry-funded research grants. The Division of Vascular Surgery averages 15-20 publications annually.

Clinic or office experience

Fellow is required to attend clinic according to faculty schedules and will assume primary responsibility for diagnostic work-up and treatment plans.

Interaction with general surgery residents

The Vascular & Endovascular fellow will be part of the surgical team and thus will interact with general surgery residents and medical students. The fellow will be expected to participate in teaching opportunities of the daily care of surgical patients.


Numerous conferences are available for fellows. These include a weekly conference, alternating between the Vascular Core Lecture Series and Vascular Journal Club. The fellows also attend the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Surgery Resident Conference, and Morbidity and Mortality Conference. The Division of Vascular Surgery also sponsors the John M. Porter Memorial Lecture Series which meets weekly from October thru May. Clinical Case Conference is a weekly meeting attended by vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists from OHSU, the Portland VA Medical Center, and from numerous hospitals throughout Oregon.

Outside rotations