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Vascular Surgery Residency

The Carle Foundation Hospital Vascular Surgery Residency is a large community hospital training program with university affiliation. 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 is brand new, taking its first class in July 2020.  Although a small program, our residents will enjoy an atmosphere of comradery, as well as establish early professional relationships with attending faculty that permits for early autonomy.

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

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Christine Johnson

Program Coordinator

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: Cardiology, Trauma, ENT, Wound
  • 4 months: Vascular Surgery, General Surgery


PGY - 2

  • 1 month: SICU, Trauma, Transplant, Pediatric Surgery
  • 4 months: Vascular Surgery, General Surgery


PGY - 3

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


PGY - 4

  • 2 months: Cardio-thoracic Surgery
  • 10 months: Vascular Surgery


PGY - 5

  • 12 months: Vascular Surgery


Meet Our Team

Brian Wheatley, MD
Faculty and Staff
Program Director
Vascular Surgeon
Zachary Osborne, MD
Faculty and Staff
Associate Program Director
Vascular Surgeon
Jennifer Ash, MD
Faculty and Staff
Vascular Surgeon
Greg A. Babcock, MD
Faculty and Staff
Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Brian Beeman, MD
Faculty and Staff
Vascular Surgeon
Steve Hong, MD
Faculty and Staff
Vascular Surgeon
Syed Hussain, MD
Faculty and Staff
Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology
Nikolaos Karagiorgos, MD
Faculty and Staff
Vascular Surgeon

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