Medical College of Wisconsin Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

The MCW Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program provides a comprehensive, high quality training program.

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Faculty and APPs

Why the MCW Vascular Fellowship Program?


  • 500+ major vascular procedures per fellow
  • 250+ endovascular therapeutic cases per fellow
  • Two state-of-the-art hybrid surgical suites
  • Supportive, expert faculty
  • Weekly conferences
  • Nationally recognized VSCORE curriculum
  • 100% board passage rate for graduates
  • Clinical trials with advanced endovascular surgical devices
  • ICAVL accredited vascular laboratory

Hybrid operating room with state-of-the-art Siemens Zeego digital imaging system.


Hybrid room in use during a branched EVAR case.

Program Details

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin consists of a 24-month clinical training period, focusing on the complete evaluation and treatment of all aspects of vascular disease. Training months are evenly distributed between open and endovascular cases to provide for a comprehensive experience. Clinical assignments of the fellow include:

  • Directing a weekly vascular case planning conference at the Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Rotations on the vascular and endovascular services at both Froedtert Hospital and the VA Medical Center
  • Functioning as primary operating surgeon for major vascular reconstructive procedures at both facilities
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Performing and interpreting non-invasive vascular testing

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin has a formal educational program in the art and science of Vascular Surgery.

  • Academic conferences are held weekly with a multidisciplinary group including specialists from Vascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine, and Interventional Radiology.
  • Nationally- recognized VSCORE curriculum is provided to fellows and is used to guide weekly topics for readings and group discussion.
  • Clinical teaching occurs on a daily basis in the operating room, endovascular suites, outpatient clinics, and on the surgical wards.
  • The faculty is comprised of nine full-time board certified vascular surgeons.
  • Fellows attend regional and national conferences annually.

The entire spectrum of vascular diseases are treated in our program, including cerebrovascular (both carotid and vertebral artery) reconstructions, mesenteric and renal artery reconstructions, open and endovascular repair of thoracoabdominal and infrarenal aortic aneurysms, the management of upper and lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, and venous disorders.

Key elements of the clinical training experience include:

  • Two state-of-the-art hybrid operating room suites in which we perform a comprehensive array of hybrid endovascular and open surgical procedures.
  • On the inpatient service, 4 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) along with residents from the General Surgery residency program staff the vascular patients at Froedtert Hospital.
  • Froedtert Hospital offers outstanding facilities for the care of patients with vascular disease. Support from anesthesia-critical care, cardiology, and other medical services are excellent.
  •  Our inpatient vascular service has an agreement with the Department of Internal Medicine for routine medical co-management of our complex inpatients.
  •  We maintain a productive and collaborative relationship with the Division of Interventional Radiology.

The fellows’ clinical responsibility increases during the program in accordance with ACGME regulations, and prior to completing the fellowship the graduate will have comprehensive skill in both open vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. Over the past 5 years, MCW Vascular Surgery fellows performed an average of 1010 total surgical cases during their 2 years of fellowship.

Application Process

We welcome all applications to our fellowship and do not set specific criteria for applications. We will review each file in total, using all the information available, to determine if an interview will be offered. We cannot evaluate any application information unless received in ERAS.

All applications for our program are accepted only through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Selected applicants are invited for a personal interview in the winter months of each year. The fellowship program offers 1 first-year position annually.

ERASAll applications must go through ERAS. Your final application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • MSPE
  • Personal statement
  • Current portrait
  • Board Transcripts (2)
    • USMLE transcript
    • ECFMG Status Report
  • Letters of recommendation (4) (including Department Chair)

Interview Status Information

Once the applicant file is complete and has been approved for an interview by our faculty, candidates will be notified via email or ERAS.

Hotel/Lodging Information for Interview Days

The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center has provided Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin with a Lodging Guide. When making your reservations, be sure to mention that you are with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Directions On and Off Campus

Please visit our Campus Map & Directions for directions on and off campus.

Information for International Applicants

International medical graduates must follow all ECFMG guidelines and apply through ERAS, in addition to supplying all of the documents listed above.

Current and Past Fellows

Current Fellows

Mohammad Rajaei, MD
Mohammad Rajaei, MD


Paul Dyrud, MD

Anna Gillio, MD

Past Fellows

  • 2021-2023: William Sheaffer Sorrells, MD
  • 2020-2022: Simon Fraser, DO
  • 2019-2021: Nathan Kugler, MD
  • 2018-2020: Jacob Wood, MD
  • 2017-2019: Nicholas Saguan, MD
  • 2016-2018: Abby Rothstein, MD
  • 2015-2017: Brian Keyashian, MD
  • 2014-2016: Shahriar Alizadegan, MD
  • 2013-2015: Rishi Subbarayan, MD
  • 2011-2013: Nicholas Southard, MD
  • 2010-2012: Irina Pleister (Shakhnovich), MD
  • 2009-2011: Libby Watch, MD
  • 2008-2010: Benjamin Lerner, MD

BenefitsThe Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals and the Department of Surgery provide extensive benefits.

Contract and Health Benefits

All Medical College of Wisconsin fellows’ contract and benefits are provided by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH).

  • Vacation
    Each fellow receives 15 days of vacation per year.
  • CME Conference Time
    Each fellow receives 5 days to attend CME conference(s) per year.
  • Educational Conferences
    Protected time is given every Tuesday morning for didactics.
  • Educational Funds
    Department funds designated for fellowship education can be used towards the purchase of educational materials, expenses for educational conferences, and equipment that supports the education process, such as lead and loupes.
  • Parking
    Complimentary parking is offered at all locations.
  • Meals
    On-call meals are provided.
  • Lab Coats
    Lab coats and laundry service are provided to all fellows.
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Program Director

Kellie R. Brown. MD

Kellie R. Brown, MD
Professor, Vascular Surgery
(414) 955-1821

Education Program Coordinator III

Rebecca Teller

Rebecca Teller
(414) 955-1821

Medical College of Wisconsin

Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

8701 Watertown Plank Rd.

Milwaukee, WI 53226

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