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Research Opportunities

This resource includes NIH T32 Research Training Grant programs, summer programs, and other opportunities for trainees and medical students interested in basic science research or clinical and translational research in vascular disease. 

NIH T32 Vascular Research Training Grants

​Summer Opportunities

Other Opportunities

NIH T32 Vascular Research Training Grants​

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Harvard-Longwood Research Training in Vascular Surgery

This training program, the Harvard-Longwood Research Training in Vascular Surgery program, currently in its 24th year is designed to provide two years of intense basic and outcomes research training in vascular surgery for academic clinicians.

Trainees carry out their research projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor, selected from 20 renowned vascular researchers based at Harvard Medical School hospitals: the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's, Children's Hospital, the Joslin Diabetes Institute, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Scences. Laboratory training is supplemented by graduate level training at Harvard Medical School and Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with course selection complementing laboratory endeavors.

Applicants should be US citizens or permanent residents who are resident physicians. Most will have completed either two or three years of surgical residency or five years of clinical training (i.e. are board eligible). Only those applicants with career goals in academic surgery, with a keen interest in basic research in vascular surgery, will be compatible. Candidates pursuing a fellowship during a program of clinical training must provide evidence that they will be accepted back into that program upon completion of their research training. 

Selection is based on merit only, without bias to gender, race, color, or ethnic origin.


NIH Stipend, benefits, and academic appointment at Harvard Medical School as a Research Fellow.

Contact Information:
Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD
Harvard-Longwood Research Training Grant in Vascular Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave. Dana 805
Boston, MA 02215
​To learn more visit the Website

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The NIH-funded Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University is a two-year mentored research training program designed for surgical residents (MD/DO) in general, cardiac, and vascular surgery and for PhD postdoctoral research fellows interested in vascular biology or vascular biomedical engineering careers.  Our goal is to provide a seamless multidisciplinary environment in which the trainee may interact with a diverse group of distinguished research faculty.  The T32 mechanism provides a stipend, tuition, fees for coursework, travel funds, and health insurance. 

The key to this program is an individualized training plan developed by the mentor and trainee.  The unique multidisciplinary environment provides trainees with opportunities to work with mentors from different disciplines.  The goal of this program is to match the research interest of the trainee to mentors, coursework, seminars, meetings, and a research plan that will collectively provide the experience necessary to launch a successful career as a physician scientist.  Trainees may select one of several tracks of study or a combination of tracks:

  • Vascular biology with a basic science or translational emphasis,
  • Clinical outcomes/health services research,
  • Biomedical devices in partnership with the Biomedical Engineering Department,
  • An integrated program designed by the trainee and his/her mentors.

Trainees who select the clinical outcomes/health services research track will pursue the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research degree program at NU.

We are currently recruiting for the positions that start on July 1, 2019.  Candidates must hold either an MD, DO, or PhD degree.  MD/DO candidates must have completed at least two years of clinical training prior to enrolling in the program.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will submit a written application along with three letters of recommendation.

For more information, contact:    
Mark K. Eskandari, M.D. 
Division of Vascular Surgery
Northwestern University 
Feinberg School of Medicine
676 N. St. Clair, #650
Chicago, IL 60611

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Stanford Cardiovascular Institute – Stanford University

Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) offers postdoctoral training fellowships for MDs and PhDs in vascular disease research. The NIH-funded T32 program "Mechanisms and Innovation in Vascular Disease" balances rigorous research training with directed educational curricula and career-development opportunities with the goal of producing independent researchers. The program emphasizes career development, publications, oral presentations, and grant submissions as the means of achieving this goal.

The program trains a total of six fellows over two years in the following areas of vascular medicine & research: Vascular Reactivity & Thrombosis, Vascular Regeneration & Development, Metabolic or Lifestyle Influences on Vascular Outcomes, Proteomic Markers & Genetic Determinants of Vascular Disease, Gender & Ethnicity Differences in Vascular Disease, and Vascular Bioengineering. Twenty-nine faculty mentors from eighteen different departments within the School of Medicine and the University provide a variety of angles from which to address fundamental questions about vascular disease.

A structured curriculum, well-defined mentorship, and both internal and external evaluations ensure that fellows receive training in both research and career development to prepare them for independent careers. All fellows undergo a minimum two-year training period, with strong encouragement to submit individual research proposals (NRSA and AHA) for the following year(s). Support for a second year is conditional on evidence of research progress. At times a third year is offered for the transition to independence. It is mandatory that in Year 1 the trainee and mentor will outline a career plan for transition to independence, which may include grant preparations for funding through a K08 mechanism or application to the existing K12.


  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must not have already received more than 2 years of post-doctoral funding from NIH training grants (e.g., T32, NRSA).
  • You must have a PhD, MD or equivalent degree by the start of training.

To learn more, contact:
David Preston 
Cardiovascular Institute Program Manager
Cardiovascular Institute
265 Campus Drive, G1120; MC-5454
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 725-7964
Fax:  (650) 736-0234
To learn more visit the Website.

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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Vascular Surgery Program  is seeking a post-doctoral trainee for an NIH funded T32 surgical scientist training grant in vascular disease entitled "Vascular Surgery: Research Training in Vascular Biology."  Eligible candidates should have completed a minimum of 2 years of surgery training in any of the surgical disciplines.  The trainee would be joining a research program that includes both a basic science/translational science pathway and/or a health services research pathway, along with a 2-year academic development curriculum.  The program has world-class mentors in various surgical and medical disciplines. The selected applicant will start as close to July 1, 2017 as possible and the training duration would be 2 years.  The trainee will need to provide proof of United States citizenship or permanent residency.

Interested applicants should send an inquiry to Maryann Hansen for further instructions.

Contact information:
Maryann Hansen
University of Michigan Medical Center
Section of Vascular Surgery
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., SPC 5867
CVC 5372
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5867
Phone: (734) 936-7301

To learn more visit the Website.  

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University of Pittsburgh

The Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh has an active National Institutes of Health T32 "Vascular Surgery Research Training" grant intended to support the training of academic vascular surgeon-scientists, as well as non-clinicians scientists interested in vascular biology with a strong translational component, bridging the gap from bench research to clinical care. The grant supports trainees interested in basic science research or clinical and translational research in cardiovascular disease under the supervision of leaders in the study of vascular biology, hemostasis, and nitric oxide biology, as well as in clinical and translational research. Trainees will acquire the investigational tools and experience that will serve as the groundwork for an academic career in either basic or clinical vascular research.

This two-year training program is open to surgeon-scientists who wish to pursue academic vascular surgery careers. The program is open to trainees who have completed 2-3 years of general surgery or integrated vascular surgery residency training. While the main targets for this training grant are vascular surgery trainees, exceptional non-clinician scientists who desire vascular research training with greater clinical application may also apply. Trainees will be assigned a primary mentor as well as team of secondary mentors that bring complementary expertise to their areas of investigation.

Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States and have already completed doctoral training with an MD or PhD degree. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Positions are available for July 1.

Contact Information:
Dr. Edith Tzeng
Program Director, T32 VascTrain Grant
Professor of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh
Chief of Vascular Surgery, VAPHS

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin Vascular Surgery Research Training Program, funded by a T32 grant from the NIH (NHLBI), is a multidisciplinary and collaborative program that will train young physician/surgeons who have chosen to be vascular specialists, along with PhD scientists who have a research interest in vascular disease. The goal is to accelerate the performance of basic, translational and clinical research for vascular disease by producing future surgeons, scientists and engineers who will meet the great need for innovation in treatments for the growing population of patients.

The program will provide trainees with multiple opportunities for research activities and will foster the development of knowledge, competence, skills, professional attitude, and experience required for successful academic careers in independent NIH-funded research.

This program offers a two-year research opportunity including laboratory training in basic, translational, or clinical outcomes research in vascular disease. The training program comprises over 20 MD and/or PhD faculty from the University of Wisconsin and emphasizes multidisciplinary studies in vascular biology, drug delivery, and outcomes and health services research. 

Surgical residents as well as recent PhD graduates with basic training in disciplines related to vascular disease are encouraged to apply. US citizenship or permanent residency is required. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply to NIH-funded research opportunities. 

Contact Information:

To learn more visit the Website.

Summer Opportunities

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Harvard-Longwood Short Term Research Training in Vascular Surgery (NIH-T35)

The goal of this medical student fellowship sponsored by the NIH is to encourage the movement of technical innovation and relevant clinical findings from the laboratory to the vascular surgical community. The practice of medicine and the treatment of vascular disease become more and more challenging with each passing day. It is the hope of this fellowship that those who pursue this field will contribute to the advancement of medical care.

Eight medical student research fellowships are available for 8-12 weeks of summer research training in molecular and cell biology, biomechanics, coagulation and thrombosis, and angiogenesis, with a focus on clinically relevant problems such as atherogenesis, intimal hyperplasia, prosthetic/host interactions and thrombosis. Trainees will pursue a program of intense research activity. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research.

Students will carry out their research projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor, selected from renowned vascular researchers based at four Harvard Medical School hospitals: the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.

Selection of trainees is based on candidates’ demonstrated ability. Applicants should be medical students who have completed at least one year of study at an LCME or DO accredited school. According to NIH requirements, students have to be US citizens or US Permanent Residents (green card holder).  Selection is based on merit only, without bias to gender, sexual orientation, race, color, or ethnic origin. Stipend is based on NIH guidelines for predoctoral students dependent on the length of the fellowship.

Fellowships available: May 15, 2019

Deadline for application:  January 15, 2019

Get more information and apply online.

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University of Chicago Medical Center

  • Summer research opportunity for medical students
  • Clinical research
  • Application Deadline: N/A
  • Opportunity is available for applicants from US

Contact Information:
Ross Milner, MD
University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
MC 5028
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone (773) 702-6128

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Other Opportunities

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New York University Langone Hospital – Brooklyn

  • Opportunity for US or Canadian medical student or general surgery resident
  • Principal Investigator: Anil Hingorani
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Description: Multiple projects involving arterial, venous, arteriovenous access, carotid, aneurysm disease.  Clinical projects and  basic science

Contact Information:
Anil Hingorani MD
New York University Langone Hospital - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 718-438-3800
Fax: 718-438-3131

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The University of Oklahoma - Tulsa Section of Vascular Surgery

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Vascular Research
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Target audience: Graduate students, medical students interested in advanced research training/experience

Description: The University of Oklahoma - Tulsa Section of Vascular Surgery is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow for their translational research laboratory.  The lab is closely collaborative with the OU Integrative Immunology Center and focuses on translational application of high throughput genomic and proteomic techniques to develop prediction models for outcomes following Vascular surgical intervention.  For the right individual, there is opportunity/support for promotion to research assistant professor of surgery upon successful completion of the fellowship.

Contact Information:
Peter R. Nelson, MD, MS 
1919 S. Wheeling Ave. Suite 600 
Tulsa, OK 74104
Phone: 918-634-7500
Fax: 918-634-7560 

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University of Rochester Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI)

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Rochester, NY
  • Target audience: Medical Student or Resident with B.S. in engineering

The mission of the CMTI is to create innovative device solutions to focused clinical problems through a cross-disciplinary collaboration. The program intends to directly affect improvement in patient care and outcomes while promoting a unique education in both clinical cardiovascular care and bioengineering design.  This one-year program culminates in a M.S. Degree in Biomedical Engineering.  All interested participants are required to have an undergraduate degree in any engineering discipline.  Applications will be accepted through the graduate Biomedical Engineering program as linked on the program website.

Contact Information:
Spencer Rosero, MD
(585) 275-4775 

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White River Junction/ Dartmouth VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program

The VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) Fellowship Program, established in 1999, is a two year interdisciplinary program designed to teach physicians the skills to critically assess the medical literature, conduct and publish original research, and lead the improvement of health care delivery.  The purpose is to develop the next generation of leaders working to improve health care quality and outcomes through research, implementation, teaching and administration.  Individual mentoring and a core curriculum are critical components of the program.

Fellows will be provided with exceptional training and experience in both outcomes research and quality improvement and leadership.

Outcomes Research, learning to:
•    Design, conduct, and evaluate research on the effectiveness of healthcare practices
•    Successfully approach grant writing and funding

Quality Improvement & Leadership, learning to:
•    Design, lead, and evaluate clinical quality improvement efforts
•    Lead and administer clinical programs and facilities

Curriculum Components:
•    Individualized project and career mentoring
•    Masters degree (MS or MPH) at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI)
•    Weekly research-in-progress conferences
•    Biweekly curriculum on quality improvement led by national experts
•    National meeting attendance and presentations
•    Flexible clinical opportunities

Who Can Apply? 
Residents, fellows, or physicians in practice in any clinical discipline, who will have completed ACGME-accredited residency (and/or fellowship) training; are Board Eligible or Board Certified; and have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice. Opportunities also exist for surgical residents in training.

Websites:    or

Cory Gaudette
Veterans Health Administration VA Medical Center
Research Service
215 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05009-3833 
telephone: 802 295 9363 x5290 
fax: 802 295 9363

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