Fellowships in the Division of Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

The University of Toronto offers Clinical Fellowship positions to qualified candidates for 12 months of training in vascular surgery.  The program aims to provide additional specialized clinical and research experience to candidates who will ultimately be returning to an academic position on completion of their Fellowship. Trainees will gain exposure to a wide range of cases including experience in advanced aortic endovascular interventions, combined vascular and surgical oncology procedures, vascular trauma (both adult and pediatric), surgical management of thoracic outlet syndrome, as well as hybrid open and endovascular interventions. It is expected that Fellows will complete a research project during their 12 months tenure and submit a manuscript ready for publication on completion of their training. 

Fellowship positions are based out of the Vascular Surgery Units at 3 major sites; University Health Network, Sunnybrook Health Sciences and St. Michael's Hospital.  Fellows will rotate between these 3 sites. 

Candidates must be certified in vascular surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent. Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English and have completed vascular surgery training in their country of origin in order to be considered eligible.  The Fellowship must be undertaken in compliance with the Department of Surgery guidelines on fellowship training and is conditional upon the requirement that the individual not interfere with the training of Vascular or General Surgery Program senior residents.   The Fellowship is unaccredited and does not lead to independent licensure for medical practice in Ontario.

Application for Fellowship

Applicants must submit a copy of their most recent CV, a case log outlining their previous vascular surgery case exposures, three letters of reference, and a letter of intent outlining the candidate’s career goals and training objectives.

Please submit applications to the Fellowship Program Director's office whose contact information is listed below:

Fellowship Alumni 

Dr Daragh Moneley
Dr Graham Roche-Nagle
Dr Kevin Molloy
Dr Tony Moloney
Dr Mark Wheatcroft
Dr. Marcus Cleanthis
Dr. Nahar Al-Ananezy
Dr Luis Figueroa
Dr. Rafael Gonzalez-Pupo
Dr Hassan Al Zahrani
Dr John Byrne
Dr. Elrasheed Osman
Dr Igo Ribeiro
Dr Michael Delbridge
Dr Abdulaziz Al-Shawmar
Dr Abdullah Al Haizaey
Dr Devaraj Srinivasamurthy

Application for Fellowship

Please submit applications to the Fellowship Program Director's office whose contact information is listed below:Dr Mark Wheatcroft

Division of Vascular Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital
Rm 7-075, Bond Wing
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5B 1W8

Phone:  416-864-5212
FAX: 416-864-6012

Email: Mark.Wheatcroft@unityhealth.to

Program Administrator

Terri Ann McIntosh
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto
5th Floor
149 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1P5

Phone:  416-978-7423
FAX: 416-978-3928

Email: vascular.admin@utoronto.ca

Black Family Vascular Surgery-Interventional Radiology Research Fellowship

The Black Family Foundation Establishes a Research Fellowship Fund for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre

Donation will fund world-leading research Fellowship to support integrated care 

TORONTO, ON (December 18, 2012) – The Black Family is celebrating the holidays by giving back to their community. The family has made a $1 million donation to establish The Black Family Vascular Surgery-Interventional Radiology Research Fellowship Fund in support of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital. The integrated Fellowship is the first of its kind in Canada, combining training in both Interventional Radiology (IR) and Vascular Surgery (VS). 

The Fellowship will give both a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist the opportunity to focus on a year of protected research time, followed by a year of clinical work in IR, VS, or a combination of both. Research would concentrate on analyzing current clinical data sets to identify areas of improvement as well as assessing the application of new medical technology and its impact on patient care. 

“This hospital has a long history of innovation, including leading integrated cardiac care in Canada, and thanks to The Black Family Foundation’s generosity, we will be able to continue this enhanced level of research training for the next generation of vascular and interventional radiology healthcare providers,” said Dr. Barry Rubin, Program Medical Director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. “For the more than 1,000 patients who rely on the Interventional Radiology and Vascular Surgery departments each year, it means improved treatment methods and overall patient care.”

Having completed their medical degrees and residencies, Black Family Foundation Fellows will train in a highly complex sub-specialty by working under the guidance of experienced vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists who practice in an integrated team environment. As they acquire advanced skills, Black Family Foundation Fellows will advance discovery in their field by undertaking innovative research projects, the results of which will be published in peer-reviewed journals. The Black Family Foundation Vascular Surgery-Interventional Radiology Research Fellowships will influence patient care standards around the world as the Fellows take their newfound knowledge and research back to their home countries and integrate it into their own healthcare practices. 

“The opportunity to offer this research fellowship each year will enhance the academic experiences we can offer to highly qualified trainees from around the would and further the research goals of the collaborative practice between IR and VS,” said Dr Thomas Lindsay, Head of the Division of Vascular Surgery.

“We are blessed to have such an advanced healthcare facility as the Toronto General Hospital that provides some of the best integrated and gold-standard cardiac (could we use cardiovascular) care in the world and we’re proud to support the incredible work of the doctors, staff and researchers,” said June Black, Trustee of The Black Family Foundation. 

Recruitment for The Black Family Vascular Surgery-Interventional Radiology Research Fellows will begin in early 2013. 

“There is currently no government funding to support research Fellows, and they are not eligible for student support which is why we are so grateful to have donors like The Black Family Foundation who understand the need,” said Linda Goldsack, Chair of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Campaign. “Their generosity allows us to continue to deliver world-leading care to all of our patients and their families when they need us most.”

This gift is an important contribution to the $100 million Building the Future – from the heart Campaign that launched in November 2011 to support innovation and human resources at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is the premier cardiac centre in Canada. Since it opened in 1997, the Centre has saved and improved the lives of cardiac and vascular patients from around the world. Each year, approximately 55,000 patients receive innovative and compassionate care from multidisciplinary teams in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the Centre trains more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons than any other hospital in Canada. The Centre is based at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital - members of University Health Network. www.petermunkcardiaccentre.ca

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as their respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute. www.tgwhf.ca