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Vascular Surgery Residency

The Carle Vascular Surgery Residency is a large community hospital training program affiliated with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Residents enjoy access to experienced, subspecialist faculty in a vibrant residency training system situated in a culturally diverse college town in the heart of Illinois. The Vascular Surgery program accepted its first class in July 2020. Our residents enjoy an atmosphere of comradery and mentorship that permits early autonomy.

The Carle Vascular Surgery Residency is dedicated to equipping its graduates with the skills and knowledge that will position them well to be leaders in vascular surgery.

How to Apply

Program Description

Program Mission

We educate compassionate, proficient and insightful physicians committed to evidence based patient care and the advancement of the art and science of vascular surgery.

Overall Educational Goals

  • The Carle Vascular Surgery Residency is an integrated training program designed to develop residents who desire to become board-certified vascular surgeons.
  • To create a contemporary vascular surgery residency program utilizing a high volume surgical practice in a semirural environment to prepare graduates of the highest caliber for a broad scope of career opportunities, including participation in local, regional, and national health initiatives.
  • Train residents to become competent, confident, and compassionate surgeons who will deliver quality evidence-based surgical care in a cost-efficient manner in either the community or academic setting.
  • Provide a supportive educational environment that fosters the development of ACGME/ABVM core competencies that embody professionalism, lifelong learning, personal growth and a commitment to compassionate care among students, residents and faculty.
  • Prepare vascular surgery residents through specialized clinical and didactic training, including a concentration on operative techniques and procedural skills, for managing vascular diseases, entering practice without direct supervision, and attaining certification in vascular surgery.

Curriculum Overview

Residency training in vascular surgery includes hands-on patient care experiences both in and out of the operating room as well as didactic sessions, interactive conferences and simulation. The core curriculum not only provides residents with exposure to the full spectrum of vascular surgery as science, it teaches about the social, economic and political issues that can affect surgical practice.

PGY - 1

  • 1 month: Trauma, ENT, SICU, Wound/Non-invasive Vascular Lab
  • 4 months: Vascular Surgery, General Surgery

 PGY - 2

  • 1 month: SICU, Trauma, Transplant, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Lab/Quality & Patient Safety
  • 4 months: Vascular Surgery, General Surgery

 PGY - 3

  • 1 month: Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Vein, SICU, Transplant
  • 2 months: General Surgery, Trauma
  • 4 months: Vascular Surgery

 PGY - 4

  • 12 months: Vascular Surgery

 PGY - 5

  • 12 months: Vascular Surgery

Professional Development

The Discovery Pathway offers residents a unique opportunity to grow their strengths as future physician innovators and leaders. This high-impact, integrated program is specifically designed to let residents tailor their professional development opportunities to the interests and expertise that’ll become central to their careers as future pioneers in healthcare.

Meet Our Team

Photograph of Brian Wheatley, MD

Brian Wheatley, MD


Program Director
Vascular Surgeon
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Zachary Osborne, MD

Zachary Osborne, MD


Associate Program Director
Vascular Surgeon
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson


Program Coordinator

Photograph of Greg A. Babcock, MD

Greg A. Babcock, MD


Interventional Radiologist
Vascular Surgeon
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Brian Beeman, MD

Brian Beeman, MD


Vascular Surgeon
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Ravi Hasanadka, MD

Ravi Hasanadka, MD


Vascular Surgeon
OSF HealthCare

Photograph of Steve Hong, MD

Steve Hong, MD


Vascular and Interventional Radiologist
Carle Foundation Hospital

Photograph of Nikolaos Karagiorgos, MD

Nikolaos Karagiorgos, MD


Vascular Surgeon
Christie Clinic

Photograph of Mark Saatzer, MD

Mark Saatzer, MD



Photograph of Abdur Jamal, MD

Abdur Jamal, MD



Photograph of Gi-Ann Acosta, MD

Gi-Ann Acosta, MD



Photograph of Kwame Wiafe, MD

Kwame Wiafe, MD



How to Apply

All applicants must be graduates of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or equivalent. We do accept IMGs with J1 visa status.

All applications must be submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Unsolicited electronic and paper applications will not be accepted.

Application Requirements:

  • A current CV listing all relevant experience and education (CVs must include documentation of any lapses in training)
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from surgeons
  • Dean's letter – MSPE
  • Personal statement
  • A copy of your test scores for Steps I and II
  • Official medical school transcript(s)
  • VSITE test scores (if applicable)
  • ECFMG status report (if applicable)
  • Applicant must possess excellent skills in both verbal and written English

If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please contact us by email at or call (217) 326-1297.