Residency Training in Vascular Surgery


The Vascular Surgery Division, under the direction of John J. Ricotta, MD, is 1 of 10 clinical divisions of the Department of Surgery. It is responsible for the treatment of patients with a wide variety of vascular disorders, at both Stony Brook University Hospital (see Vascular Center) and the Northport VA Medical Center. Between the two institutions more than 400 major reconstructive procedures are performed each year, including aortic, renal mesenteric, extracranial cerebral vascular, and peripheral arterial reconstruction. The Vascular Surgery Division is also responsible for the care of patients with portal hypertension as well as the maintenance of angio access for two large dialysis centers. Numerous other procedures such as amputation, muscle flaps, venous reconstruction, and skin grafting procedures necessary for the total care and rehabilitation of patients suffering from vascular-related diseases are also performed by the Vascular Surgery Division, which continues to grow and expand its scope of diagnosis and treatment of circulatory disorders.

While general surgery residents rotate on the vascular services as junior residents and return again during their fourth or fifth years, the senior chief resident does not rotate on the same service with the vascular resident; thus, the general surgery resident in no way diminishes the surgical responsibility of the vascular resident on the vascular surgery services.

University Hospital's Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory houses a wide variety of up-to-date equipment, including Duplex scanners and transcranial Doppler units, used not only as aids in the diagnosis of circulatory disorders, but also in the follow-up of a large number of outpatients. The Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory is complemented by an excellent special procedures division of the Department of Radiology, which likewise has the latest in angiography equipment and CT scanners, at both University Hospital and the Northport VA Medical Center. The special procedures division provides service in all the techniques of interventional radiology, including balloon dilatation, invasive pressure monitoring and therapeutic embolization.

Click here to see selected publications by the vascular surgery faculty.

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