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Vascular Fellowship

Message from the Program Director

My commitment to training Vascular Surgery Fellows at Wayne State University School of Medicine began in 2009. I was promoted to Program Director in August 2019 after serving as Associate Program Director for 8 years. I continue to embrace the philosophy and mission of previous program directors, Drs. Ramon Berguer, Charles Shanley, O.W. Brown, and William Oppat, to train high quality applicants to be modern vascular surgeons with sound clinical knowledge and vascular techniques required to deliver top notch vascular care.

Our fellowship program is based in the heart of Detroit, within multiple participating healthcare systems. Training is carried out by diverse faculty in both urban and suburban settings, to provide varied experience in a dynamic healthcare environment. All faculty members are very enthusiastic and deeply involved in education and training future leaders in vascular surgery. All academic sites have dedicated endovascular suites and ICAVL vascular labs designed for providing top notch patient care as well as and training for the applicants. Services are supported by Advance Care Providers and Residents allowing for teaching, training, and research opportunities.

The Division of Vascular Surgery within the Wayne State School of Medicine has been recognized for its collegiality, leadership, innovation, and professionalism within the community it serves, as well as on a national and international level.

The WSU/DMC Vascular Surgery Fellowship is an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) traditional (5+2) accredited two-year training program. It was established in 1990 by internationally recognized vascular surgeon, Ramon Berguer, M.D., although focused training in vascular surgery had been practiced for many years even prior to formal accreditation. In order to further enhance training in this rapidly evolving field and to remain competitive to applicants, our ultimate goal is to develop and implement a “0+5” completely integrated vascular residency in conjunction with the Division of General Surgery.

Our primary objective is to train future leaders in vascular surgery; we are dedicated to developing clinically talented academic surgeons. All Fellows are expected to be actively involved in clinical research projects with a faculty mentor yielding at least 1-2 peer-reviewed publications in each year of training. We strongly believe that the high volume of advanced vascular services provided by our faculty in the setting of the rich diversity of Southeastern Michigan fuels our active and productive clinical research program.


Yevgeniy Rits, M.D.
Program Director in Vascular Surgery
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit Medical Center