Independent Vascular Surgery Residency Program

Program description

The program offers a two-year (5+2) track at the USC Health Sciences Campus. The track is offered only to individuals who have completed a residency in general surgery.

The goal of the program is to provide the resident with the knowledge, skills and professional behavior necessary to be an expert vascular and endovascular surgeon. Graduate year six (GY 6) is focused on providing a thorough and in-depth endovascular experience that is enhanced by clinical experiences at participating hospitals, where the resident performs a broad array of open and endovascular vascular surgeries. GY 7 is structured around open vascular surgery, ambulatory care, vascular diagnostics and inpatient care at participating hospitals.

The faculty members who are responsible for vascular surgery education are members of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. Faculty members from the Department of Radiology and the Department of Medicine also participate in the resident curriculum. Resident rotations are designed to provide a balanced education in index vascular surgery procedures; complex, redo and unusual procedures; endovascular procedures; and invasive and noninvasive diagnostics for vascular disease.

At Huntington Memorial Hospital, the senior resident is exposed to a large volume of open reconstructive and endovascular procedures. The resident team consists of a GY 1 and GY 2 or 3 surgery resident along with the vascular resident. The hospital has an active emergency room and is a Level II Trauma Center. As the major provider of acute care services in the west San Gabriel Valley, a diverse experience in vascular problems of an urgent and emergent nature is available. Huntington Memorial Hospital has a busy noninvasive vascular laboratory in which the USC faculty participates.

At the USC Health Sciences Campus, the senior resident will oversee the Keck Hospital of USC vascular surgery service, which also includes a GY 1 and one surgery resident. Keck Hospital is a major referral center, providing the resident with experience in complex and re-do vascular surgery procedures. Vascular faculty performs a wide range of endovascular procedures, including aortic stent grafts, percutaneous angioplasty/stents and diagnostic angiography. The Keck Hospital also has an active ICAVL accredited noninvasive vascular laboratory directed by USC faculty.

The Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in the United States, with the busiest emergency room and largest trauma center in the country. The senior vascular resident supervises a busy vascular service with a broad spectrum of vascular disease, including atherosclerosis, embolic/thrombotic disorders, arteritis and traumatic vascular injuries. The service is fully integrated with the vascular medicine service at LAC+USC Medical Center.


The independent USC program in vascular surgery was accredited by the Residency Review Committee in Surgery on July 1, 2000. The program is currently fully accredited. The integrated program was granted provisional approval in October 2010. Both programs are conducted through the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Dr. Vincent Rowe, professor of surgery, is the program director. Dr. Christian Ochoa is the assistant program director. Dr. Fred Weaver is the chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. The training program utilizes the facilities of USC Health Sciences Campus (Keck Hospital of USC and LAC+USC Medical Center) and Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Hospital rotation sites

Huntington Memorial Hospital
Keck Hospital of USC
LAC+USC Medical Center


The Independent Vascular Surgery Residency Program at the University of Southern California is currently accepting applications for one resident per year. The program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You also must register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Links to these organizations are provided on the sidebar.

Our requirements for application include:

  • Common application form
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts
  • MSPE/dean’s letter
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three)
  • Photograph
  • USMLE transcripts
  • ABSITE transcripts
  • ECFMG status report — foreign graduates only

Contact information

Kelli Gray
Residency/Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Surgical Education
Department of Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone: (323) 442-5755
Fax: (323) 442-6887

Vincent L. Rowe, MD
Vascular Surgery Program Director