Welcome to the Division of Vascular Surgery
Contact Information for Vascular Surgery
The Division of Vascular Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) provides clinical services at both the MCV campus, and the McGuire Veteran’s Administration Campus. These two campus efforts are geographically distinct, and likewise distinct in terms of their housestaff complement.
Currently, the VCU Vascular Fellow is trained primarily on the MCV and Bon Secours campuses, while VCU General Surgery Chief and Senior Residents are trained both at the MCV and the McGuire Veteran’s Administration campus. Currently, while leading the Service on the MCV campus, the Vascular Fellow is most often teamed with two General Surgery Residents and the Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner.
About VCU Medical Center
At the VCU Medical Center in the last year approximately 550 major vascular operations were performed by the Fellow and housestaff under the direct supervision of the Vascular Surgical staff; these procedures include thoracic and abdominal aortic procedures, mesenteric and renal reconstruction, infrainguinal procedures, carotid endarterectomy, carotid and lower extremity stenting, venous surgery, and a large number of major vascular trauma reconstructions. Recent graduates from the VCU Vascular Fellowship completed between 675 and 885 vascular surgery cases over two years.
Vascular Fellowship Program
The Vascular Surgery Fellowship is structured to provide the opportunity for progressive responsibility over two years. Currently, the Vascular Fellow begins his/her Fellowship with 6 months on the core MCV campus rotation, under the guidance of the Program Director.
During this rotation, core Vascular Surgical principles are stressed, both for open and endovascular procedures. During the 2nd six-month rotation, there is a core Interventional Radiology rotation, under the direct supervision of four Interventional Radiologists.
During the 2nd year of the Fellowship, the Fellow works between two Bon Secours Hospitals with Virginia Surgical Associates, providing the Fellow with substantial open vascular surgical exposure, as well as exposure and experience working in an outpatient endovascular center. During the last three months of their tenure, the Vascular Fellow is scheduled to return to the MCV campus to complete their training on the core Vascular Surgery Service at VCU.
Vascular Surgery Conferences
Throughout our two-year Fellowship, the Fellows attend core teaching conferences in the Departments of Surgery and Interventional Radiology, including a bimonthly Dialysis Access Conference (founded by a VCU Vascular Fellow), General Surgery Grand Rounds, General Surgery D&C Conference, and Vascular Surgery D&C Conference.
In addition however, there is a core Interdisciplinary Vascular Basic Science Conference each Tuesday morning, widely attended by both VCU and Community Vascular Surgeons, VCU Interventional Radiologists, VCU Cardiologists, Peripheral Vascular Lab technologists, General Surgery Residents, and Medical Students.
Together with other residents, the Vascular Fellow is introduced to core concepts during this Teaching Conference. Monthly Journal Clubs round out the regular didactic schedule, introducing current Vascular and Endovascular Literature.
M. Levy, MD, Division Chair
Francisco Albuquerque, Jr. MD
Michael Amendola, MD
Derek Brinster, MD
MD (VA Hospital)
West Hospital, 16th Floor, East Wing
1200 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23298
P.O. Box 980108
Richmond, VA 23298-0108
Phone: (804) 828-3211
Fax: (804) 828-2744