Vascular Surgery Training

Message from the Director

Heart and Vascular Fellowship Program - Message from our Director

Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency (“0/5”)

The Division of Vascular Surgery and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center was approved by the RRC in October 2009 for an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency. This five-year comprehensive clinical training program in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery matches medical students directly into Vascular training. Twenty-four months of General Surgery and 36 months of Vascular Surgery are incorporated over the five years. The program is based at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with electives available to rotate with Division faculty at Mount Nittany Medical Center. A complete schedule of didactic sessions and clinical conferences supplements the patient care and research activities of the Vascular Surgery Service. One trainee is accepted each year into the program.

Vascular Surgery Training

A two-year comprehensive clinical training program in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is offered to those who have completed an approved General Surgery program. The first year is spent primarily learning beginning and intermediate techniques in endovascular and open therapies as well as office-based procedures. The first year also includes a structured curriculum in vascular noninvasive technology, designed to provide a thorough understanding of the performance and interpretation of the commonly used noninvasive tests, and leading to completion of the new physician certification exam, now required to sit for certification by the American Board of Surgery – Vascular Surgery Board. The second year of the program provides the trainee with more advanced clinical experience in all aspects of peripheral vascular and endovascular surgery. The vascular fellow learns to manage a wide variety of vascular diseases under the tutelage of the faculty in the Division of Vascular Surgery, all of whom are ABS-certified fellowship-trained vascular surgeons. The program is based at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with an elective available to rotate with Division faculty at Mount Nittany Medical Center. A complete schedule of didactic sessions and clinical conferences supplements the patient care and research activities of the Vascular Surgery Service. One trainee is accepted each year into the two-year fellowship program.

The clinical expertise of the Division includes all components of the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders. Patients with a wide variety of arterial, venous, and lymphatic diseases receive evaluation from a "whole patient" perspective. The surgical faculty employ numerous methods and technologies for vascular reconstruction in patients requiring invasive therapy, as well as offer medical management for those with milder forms of disease. The entire spectrum of endovascular therapy is provided through the integrated framework of the Heart and Vascular Institute. The Division of Vascular Surgery provides non-invasive vascular testing as an integral part of patient management, and is both nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence.

The academic mission of the Division embraces scholarship in both clinical and related basic sciences. The Vascular trainees have the opportunity to pursue studies that may lead to presentation and publication of their work. The Division participates in major national clinical trials. It is active at all levels in developing quality standards for noninvasive testing.

Completed applications should be directed to:  Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS) 

Learn more about our faculty and why they have chosen a career in vascular surgery.


Vascular Surgery Service Organization

Vascular surgery service in the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute:

Penn State Hershey Medical Center: 

Penn State Hershey Medical Group—Colonnade ,,,

Vascular surgery fellows, residents, general surgery residents, and medical students rotate on these services. Vascular surgery service has three physician assistants who complement the services.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center:

Penn State Hershey Medical Group—Colonnade

Teaching Methods
1. Preoperative / M&M Conference- Every Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Attended by all faculty, fellows, residents, and    students.
2. Vascular Educational Conference- Every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Attended by all faculty, fellows, residents, and students.

    a. Non-invasive Vascular Laboratory Conference once each month.

3. Mandatory rotation in an attending's office once per week.
4. Direct teaching in the operating room and during patient care.

Assessment Methods (Residents)
1. Verbal feedback during daily rounds and walk rounds
2. Written self evaluation at conclusion of rotation
3. Written evaluation by fellow at conclusion of rotation
4. Written evaluation by physician assistant at conclusion of rotation
5. Written evaluation by faculty at conclusion of rotation

Assessment Methods (Program Evaluation)

1. Written feedback instrument at completion of rotation
2. Performance on ABSITE examination (yearly for years one through three)
3. Performance on VSITE examination (yearly)

Level of Supervision
The nighttime and weekend attending call schedule is available to all through SmartWeb and the vascular surgery office.  An attending is designated to be the rounder each weekday. The rounder is responsible for all daytime and intraoperative consults and transfers.

Educational Resources
Vascular Surgery, Rutherford, 7th Edition
Atlas of Vascular Surgery, Basic Techniques and Exposures, Rutherford

Weekly conferences:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday



Vascular Teaching


7:00 to 9:00 a.m.** 

Preoperative and

M&M Conference

7:00 to 8:00 a.m. 


** Teaching Conference has varied subjects each week that are decided annually including: HVI basic science, vascular lab, interesting cases, radiation safety, etc…

For residents: There are monthly conference for CORE competencies and surgical grand rounds,  

Vascular Previous Graduates

  • 2011 Steven Khoo, M.D., United States Army, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 2010 Ryan Messiner, D.O., St. Vincent Medical Group, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 2009 Robert Garvin, M.D., Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 2008 Charles Neuwirth, M.D., private practice, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 2007 Kevin Taubman, M.D., private practice, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 2006 Sai Sajja, M.D., Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Christopher Johnnides, M.D., Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado

Current Integrated Fellows/Residents

Current Fellow:

Sara Clark, M.D. 2012-2014


Current Residents:

Daniel Calderon, M.D. 2011-2016

Adam Ring, M.D. 2012-2017

Emelia Bittenbinder, M.D. 2013-2018

Vascular Helpful Hints

  • USMLE step 2 CS is preferred and recommended for integrated vascular surgery residents due to the program being highly competitive. Preference is given to candidates who have already passed their examinations. Step 2 must be completed before we can rank you for the Match. 
  • USMLE step 3 policy is listed in the Penn State Hershey Graduate Medical Education website:
  •  Benefits, compensation, and policies of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and specific programs are documented on the Graduate Medical Education website:
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  • The community is family-friendly with excellent schools. It is an easy commute to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New York City. Harrisburg International Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital.

Amy B. Reed, M.D., Program Director, Department of Surgery – Division of Vascular Surgery

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
P.O.B ox 850, M.C. H053
Hershey, PA 17033-0850