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Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NS/LIJ)

About us

The fellowship in vascular surgery at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NS/LIJ) is a two-year ACGME accredited training program, led by a highly-skilled and experienced team of 13 full-time faculty members. During these two years, our fellows will receive personalized attention while splitting time between two of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the region.

Through this program, young professionals are able to immerse themselves in the third largest secular health care system in the county, acquiring first-hand experience in critical sectors of the field. North Shore University Hospital is one of the first statewide approved stroke hospitals with a leading, accredited stroke program, meaning each fellow will have access to robust carotid experience during their time here. In addition, North Shore University Hospital is a level one trauma center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center serves as a level one pediatric trauma center, giving each fellow access to critical experience in trauma care.

Our fellowship program is very hands-on, operating on a ratio of three faculty members to every fellow. Each member of our faculty is board certified in vascular surgery, and well-versed in performing the full gamut of vascular procedures. This gives our fellows access to a diverse range of knowledge and experience, which serves to shape their own surgical path and expertise. Each member of our faculty works closely with our fellows, performing rounds alongside them at least once per week and meeting with them regularly to evaluate progress. Students also meet with the chief of vascular surgery two times a week for educational lectures.

By the end of the two-year program, most of our fellows have completed nearly double the amount of procedures required by the ACGME. Furthermore, our fellows sustain a board pass rate of 89%. We are dedicated to giving you the tools, experience and ambition needed to deliver life-changing care to every patient you encounter during and your fellowship and beyond.

We offer exceptional inpatient and outpatient surgical care for adults and children for both emergency and elective procedures.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS).

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • ABSITE scores
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, no older than six (6) months
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable
  • A certified English translation if the documents are in a language other than English

Clinical training

Your training will take place in two large, tertiary hospitals: Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital. Both will give you access to brand new buildings and state-of-the-art operating rooms, including hybrid operating rooms that allow for sophisticated imaging capabilities during procedures. Due to the size and access to leading technology within both locations, fellows will gain robust experience treating both common and complex circulatory issues.

As a first-year fellow, you will be actively involved in running the clinic at North Shore Hospital. You’ll also have the opportunity to oversee vascular service at both locations, collaborating with the chief resident, senior residents and junior-level residents. This allows you to get hands-on experience treating a wide range of vascular conditions involving arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems. Performing diagnostic angiography will be another core function of your training, as will participating in a lengthy list of endovascular procedures and open surgeries, including:

  • Open revascularization procedures
  • Complex lower extremity arterial reconstructions
  • Bypass surgeries (aorta, abdomen and lower extremity)
  • Carotid endarterectomies
  • First rib resection
  • Dialysis access
  • EVLT and RFA
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Atherectomy

During the second year of your fellowship, you will continue to gain experience in these procedures, as well as a number of advanced abdominal surgeries. You can expect to participate in AAA and thoracic aneurysm repairs, treating even the most complex aneurysm cases. Second-year fellows are also responsible for creating the teaching schedule.

Throughout these two years, you will have the opportunity to take part in major research projects and conferences. Before taking your vascular surgery boards, you’ll also pursue a certification in RPVIJ, an imaging certificate that authorizes you to run a vascular imaging lab. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to take the general surgery boards should you choose to do so. We are committed to giving our young professionals the tools and opportunities they need to forge their own path and grow into highly-skilled, well-rounded surgeons.


We believe research and collaboration are fundamental aspects of growth. We fully support each young professional’s research initiatives outside of the healthcare system, giving you the opportunity to attend prestigious conferences and “boot camps” to fine-tune your skills.

Our program includes a very robust teaching and academic scholarly schedule, involving several weekly conferences and rotations. Among these weekly conferences are the Morbidity Mortality Conference and the General Surgery Conference, both open educational forums where we discuss difficult cases and key learnings.

Our department is also heavily involved in national trials, conducting research on everything from thoracic aortic stent graft longevity to a diverse range of wound care studies. This gives fellows the opportunity to present and be published alongside faculty. No fellow leaves our program without having the opportunity to work on and present at least one research project at a regional or national conference.


Program director

Kambhampaty Venkata Krishnasastry, MD

Specialties: Vascular Surgery

Associate program director

Yana Etkin, MD

Specialties: Vascular Surgery, Surgery