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Vascular Surgery Interest Group

Vascular Surgery Interest Group

The UMass Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG) is dedicated to exposing medical students to the field of vascular surgery, and to providing professional mentors to those who are considering a career in vascular surgery. We also hope to connect interested medical students at varying levels of training to each other in order to provide multiple channels of advice and perspective. 

Programming & opportunities:

  • General Introduction:Each year, the VSIG hosts a panel of residents and faculty from the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery to introduce the field to medical students. This is a lively session where questions are encouraged. 
  • Operative shadowing:The VSIG is committed to involving students in vascular surgery operative cases that match their interests. Whether that is in cutting-edge endovascular procedures such as those carried out for the UMass Center for Complex Aortic Disease, or open operations related to limb salvage, dialysis access, carotid disease and many pathologies, our aim is to provide those opportunities whenever possible. Students are paired with residents for these experiences; we promise you will learn a lot!
  • Research opportunities:The VSIG provides a formal mechanism for students interested in vascular research to connect with faculty mentors. The faculty ask that those who are interested please fill out this Word document. Additionally, group leadership will circulate vascular surgery scholarship and grant opportunities to interested students.
  • Networking opportunities: Our VSIG belongs to a consortium of VSIGs in the greater New England area and works closely with the New England Society of Vascular Surgery to host events with other groups. This provides exposure to other vascular surgery departments in the region and a chance to meet other residents and faculty as well as learning opportunities.
  • Surgical skills development:The VSIG hosts sessions in the UMass Chan Simulation Center's Surgical Skills Lab, where students have the chance to learn and practice hand tying and different forms of suturing as well as endovascular techniques.

Contact VSIG leadership at

Learn more on Instagram @umassvascular and Twitter @umassvascsurg

Students: Sashrika Saini, Anthony Camargo, Shivahamy Maheswaran, Gabrielle Martin, and Jaeyoung Lee
Resident Advisor: Emily Fan, MD
Faculty Advisor: Jessica Simons, MD, MPH