Two Year Fellowship

The vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Kentucky is a two-year fellowship program. The accredited program by the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS) and ACGME was reaccredited without citations in 2017. 


Program director, David Minion, MD, has been faculty at the University of Kentucky since 1997. Dr. Minion is widely published and well-known nationally and internationally as an innovator in complex endovascular aortic surgery. 

The vascular surgery service has eight full-time faculty members, a full complement of general surgery residents, vascular pharmacist, vascular medicine, vascular physician assistant, and three advanced practice providers. 

The faculty are very active in regional, national, and international societies. Our faculty have served as officers, committee chairs, and members of national and regional organizations.  Our fellows generally attend meetings for the Society for Vascular Surgery, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, VAST3, UCLA Moore Course, and other conferences where an abstract is accepted.

High Volume of Cases, High-Acuity

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Hospital is the referral center for the state of Kentucky, as well as adjoining regions of West Virginia, Ohio, and Tennessee. Our Appalachian population has a very high incidence of occlusive and aneurysmal pathology, and they present with very advanced disease.  Our fellows perform a high volume of cases, and the fellows' ACGME case logs routinely are over the 90th percentile in complex aortic, renovascular, and mesenteric cases.

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UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital

UK Chandler Hospital has two hybrid vascular operating rooms, both with fixed imaging Siemens Artis Zeego fluoroscopy units and a brand new Siemens Artis Pheno. Our volume and case mix index is such that we now have two independent vascular surgery inpatient services. The trainees, AAPs, and faculty rotate on both services.

Responsibilities of the First-Year Fellow

  • Attend vascular clinic one day per week.
  • On call Q3-4, vascular fellows do not take primary consult calls, do not take in-house call.
  • OR responsibilities four days per week.
  • Attend conferences (see schedule).
  • Assume OR and endovascular responsibilities when on-call and when second year fellow is away at conferences and on vacation.
  • Round daily on in-patients with the members of the vascular service.

Responsibilities of the Second-Year Fellow

  • Attend vascular clinic one day per week.
  • On “junior attending” call 4-5 week days a month and one weekend a month.
  • Assume O.R. responsibilities four days per week.
  • Attend conferences (see schedule).
  • Read vascular labs every 2-3 weeks.
  • Clinical research, 1-2 manuscripts is expected.


  • Monday at 7 a.m.: "Rutherford's Textbook of Vascular Surgery Conference" where chapters in the book are reviewed.
  • Tuesday at 7 a.m.: Vascular Case Conference
  • Wednesday at 6:45 a.m.: General Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Thursday at 6:45 a.m.: M&M


David Minion, MD
Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program Director
Professor of Surgery
Section of Vascular Surgery


Carla Gibbs
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Section of Vascular Surgery