University of Toronto - Vascular Surgery - Toronto


Program Director

Dr. George Oreopoulos


Assistant to Program Director

Michelle Paiva

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This program is carried out across six teaching sites including the Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Trillium Health Center, Scarborough General Hospital and Humber River Regional Hospital. Open and endovascular training are provided at all sites. We encourage a strong academic focus in our residents who are expected to complete a research project annually for presentation at the vascular surgery residency program annual research day. Residents who enter the Surgeon Scientist Training Program (SSTP) do so after their second year and on completion of their SSTP training re-enter the clinical stream for a final three years.

Beginning PGY1 residents start their training with a central departmental skills boot camp and follow with a vascular surgery specific boot camp. This three week experience allows our residents to make the most of their initial experiences in the operating room. During the first two years residents complete off-service surgical and medical rotations and have an initial experience in the vascular laboratory. Third year residents complete rotations in cardiac surgery as well as further vascular rotations. During the final two years residents are expected to run a vascular service at one of our core sites and receive additional interventional radiology and vascular lab experience.

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  • The program offers a comprehensive experience in vascular surgery across multiple training sites including community vascular settings

  • This program includes open surgical and endovascular training in standard and advanced endovascular aneurysm repair as well as peripheral vascular interventions

  • Two of the main training sites (UHN and SMH) participate in a regional call coverage program for the Greater Toronto Area which provides a large volume and variety of emergency vascular cases

  • Training in diagnostic vascular ultrasound is a mandatory component of the training

  • In addition to elective open and endovascular cases, residents will be exposed to iatrogenic and non-iatrogenic vascular trauma management, paediatiatric vascular trauma, and will be part of a team that provides vascular support to multidisciplinary surgical oncology cases

  • Trainees with an interest in research have the opportunity to pursue a higher level degree in the highly acclaimed Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto (strongly encouraged)


How can I find out more about the program?

Join us for our three day virtual Open House Sessions via Zoom:

Monday December 21st, 2020

9-10 am EST Welcome & Overview -Drs. Elisa Greco & George Oreopoulos

10-11 am EST Intro to Limb Preservation & Wound Care — Dr. Ahmed Kayssi

11 am-12 pm EST Acute Limb Ischemia- Dr. Shaidah Deghan Manshadi, PGY 3 Resident

4-5pm EST Vascular Surgery Rounds with our Sunnybrook Team

Tuesday December 22, 2020

9-10 am EST Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms- Dr. Mark Wheatcroft

4-5 pm EST Vascular Surgery Rounds with our St. Michael's Team

5-6 pm EST Virtual Social Hour- Get to know our U of T Vascular Surgery Residents

Wednesday December 23rd, 2020

10-11 am EST U of T Surgeon-Scientist Training Program- Dr. Thomas Forbes

11 am-12 pm EST Knot Tying — Dr. Sean Crawford, PGY5 Resident

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm EST Vascular Surgery Rounds with our UHN Team

5:30 pm- 6pm EST Wrap Up- Drs. Elisa Greco & Ahmed Kayssi

If interested, email vascular