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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 22nd 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.
Application deadline: January 1, 2017.  Program start: July 1, 2017
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 and vascular surgery and for PhD postdoctoral research fellows interested in vascular biology or vascular biomedical engineering careers.  The 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.

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 two letters of recommendation.  

For more information, contact:    
Mark K. Eskandari, M.D. or
William H. Pearce, 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, vascular imaging, 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.

Seven medical student research fellowships are available for 10-12 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 undergraduate students dependent on the length of the fellowship.

Fellowships available: May 15, 2015

Deadline for application:  January 15, 2015

Get more information and apply online.

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Loyola University Medical Center/Stritch School of Medicine

  • Summer research opportunity for U.S. medical students
  • Clinical research
  • Application Deadline: April 30

Contact Information:
Jae Sung Cho, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Loyola University Medical Center
Department of Surgery
2160 S. 1st Avenue, EMS Bldg, Room 3215
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: 708-327-2387
Fax: 708-327-3492
Contact email:

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Oregon Health and Sciences Center - Portland, Oregon

  • Principal Investigators: Dr. Gregory Moneta, Dr. Gregory Landry, Dr. Timothy Liem, Dr. Erica Mitchell & Dr. Amir Azarbal
  • Full-time, summer research opportunity for medical students between their 1st and 2nd year of school.
  • Students will be supported by their Principal Investigator to present completed work at local, regional and/or national meetings.
  • Additional Program Highlights: weekly Vascular Surgery Conferences, Biostatistics and Data Visualization Workshops, Vascular Surgery Clinic and OR shadowing.
  • Competitive salary.  Housing is not provided.
  • US, Canada and International applicants welcome.
  • Application Deadline: March 31st

Send Letter of Interest & CV to:
Sharon G. Kryger, Research Associate
Division Vascular Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, OP11
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503-494-7477
Fax: 503-494-4324

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University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital

Contact Information:
University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital
Surgery, Vascular Surgery
York Hsiang, MD
510-943 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E3
Phone: 604-876-5882
Fax: 604-876-8085

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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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Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

  • 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
Lutheran Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 718-438-3800
Fax: 718-438-3131

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University of Colorado Denver, Center for Collaborative Bioinnovation (T32)

The Department of Bioengineering and Section of Vascular Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver in conjunction with the newly formed Center for Collaborative Bioinnovation are seeking to hire a post-doctoral research fellow (PhD) to work at the intersection of bioengineering and vascular surgery.  The environment at the Anschutz Medical Campus is specifically designed to foster collaboration and innovation. Faculty for the program come from multiple disciplines including Bioengineering, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, as well as Cardiovascular Medicine. Trainees will be assigned a primary mentor as well as a team of secondary mentors that bring complimentary expertise to their areas of investigation.

This position is funded for two years through a National Institutes of Health T32 grant and requires applicants to be a US citizen or US permanent resident.  Candidates who have recently successfully completed a PhD in Bioengineering or related field with interest in pursuing a career in the cardiovascular field are encouraged to submit a CV and statement of research interests to the email or address below.  We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in developing new technologies in vascular surgery. Applications of women and minorities are strongly encouraged. 

Contact Information:
Dr. Omid Jazaeri MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Radiology
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Bioengineering

c/o Trina Smidt
Program Coordinator Vascular Fellowship
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
12631 East 17th Ave, Mail Stop C312, Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-2690 Fax: 303-724-2693

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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:
Ankur Chandra, M.D., RPVI
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
Clinical Director, Center for Medical Technology and Innovation
Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 652
Rochester, NY  14642
585-424-1008 (fax)