Department of Surgery

T32 - Vascular Surgery Training Grant

Vascular Surgery Training Grant

Program Director: Edith Tzeng MD

This research training program in the Division of Vascular Surgery, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), provides interdisciplinary laboratory training for up to six surgical residents or postdoctoral fellows with MD and/or PhD qualifications. Available projects include research studies relevant to endothelial and stem cell biology, nitric oxide biology and vascular and cutaneous wound healing. Read more about current projects on our general surgery/vascular labs research page.


Individuals with a MD, MD/PhD, or PhD must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should be prepared to make a commitment of two to three years of training dedicated to full-time research.

Trainees are expected to actively participate in research seminars, journal clubs, RCR training and laboratory meetings. Trainees are also encouraged to present their work at local and national meetings. Our training program provides trainees with the basic knowledge and required skills to enable them to function successfully as independent investigators. Financial support includes stipends, medical insurance, travel and other training-related expenses.

Our department is committed to excellence and diversity. We encourage and welcome all qualified applicants and particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in the sciences, including underrepresented minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged economic, social, cultural, or educational backgrounds. For more information, please see:

To Apply

If you are interested, please email a one-page description of your research interests and long-term professional goals, current CV, and two letters of recommendation (one of which should be from your Program Director or Thesis Advisor indicating your ability to participate in this program for two years and another from your Department Chair) to Donielle Neal, Academic Program Administrator,


Training Faculty

Edith Tzeng, MD

Translational studies of carbon monoxide and nitric oxide in intimal hyperplasia, angiogenesis, and wound healing, stem cell treatment of critical limb ischemia

Derek Angus MD, MPH

Sepsis, pneumonia, and multi-system organ failure; organization and delivery of critical care services

Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, MSc

Carotid artery disease, critical limb ischemia, venous disease and pulmonary embolism interventions

Timothy R. Billiar, MD

Mechanisms leading to the activation of the innate immune system and associated immune dysfunction following injury

Rabih Chaer, MD

Endovascular interventions, venous interventions

Alex Chen, MD, PhD

Cell and gene therapy on vascular injuries and regeneration

Mohammed Eslami MD, MPH

Modalities and treatment of claudication due to peripheral disease

Bruce Freeman, PhD

Nitric oxide and nitrated fatty acids

Thomas Gleason, MD, MS

Etiology of thoracic aortic aneurysm disease

Nathan Liang, MD

Clinical Outcomes of Aortic Aneurysm, Complex Statistical Methods and Machine Learning in Bioinformatics

Michel S. Makaroun, MD

Outcomes and comparative effectiveness, evaluation of vascular technology

Kacey Marra, PhD

Adipose-derived stem cells, tissue engineering, nerve regeneration, soft tissue reconstruction, wound healing

Ryan McEnaney, MD

Arteriogenesis and vascular remodeling

Matthew Neal, MD

Coagulopathy and hemostasis in trauma and sepsis; clinical outcomes in trauma/hemorrhagic shock and massive transfusion

Julie Phillippi, PhD

Extracellular matrix and its role in vascular wall biology

Steven Reis, MD

Pathophysiological mechanisms for atherosclerosis, racial and gender disparities in CVD, clinical and translational research

Mark Roberts, MD

Decision sciences, cost effectiveness and health services research

Matthew R. Rosengart, MD, MPH

Inflammation during sepsis/critical illness; trauma system organization and infrastructure

Ulka Sachdev, MD

Role of HMGB-1 and innate immune receptors in promoting angiogenesis after ischemic injury

Jason L. Sperry, MD, MPH

Trauma, sex-based outcome differences; coagulopathy, hemorrhage control

Sachin Velankar, PHD

Polymers, thin film mechanics, rheology, interfacial phenomena, soft materials

Flordeliza S. Villaneuva, MD

Cardiovascular imaging

Yoram Vodovotz, PHD

Computational & systems biology approaches to inflammation in multiple disease states

David A. Vorp, PhD

Mechanopathobiological assessment of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm, development of a human stem cell-based tissue engineered vascular graft, mechanical characterization of cerebral aneurysms

Simon Watkins, PhD

Optical imaging and application to the study of basic cell biology and inflammation

William Wagner, PhD

Cardiovascular tissue engineering and medical device biocompatibility and design

Brian Zuckerbraun, MD

The acute inflammatory response in the liver and vasculature following injury from trauma/hemorrhagic shock, sepsis, or direct vascular injury