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Program Overview

The fellow will spend his/her time between various institutions: Audie L. Murphy VAH, University Hospital, Saint Luke’s Baptist and other local private facilities.

The VAH is a wonderful opportunity for any graduate medical program, but for vascular surgery it is outstanding. It is such a great honor to care for those who have served. The fellow will spend the first 3 months in a mentored setting with both operative, clinic and ward responsibilities. He/she will also have protected time to work in the vascular lab. This will be in preparation for the mandatory RPVI exam.

The next 12 months will be at University Hospital (UHS) – a 700 bed facility with a dedicated hybrid suite and IAC accredited vascular laboratory. It serves Bexar County hospital district and is also the regional Level 1 trauma hospital. UHS offers experience with complex aortic trauma as well a population of patients with advanced complications of diabetes. The fellow will also begin the framework for the research/outcome project required for graduation.

In the mid portion of the second year, the fellow will complete a 3 month rotation with Dr. Toursarkissian at Saint Luke’s Baptist (SLB) and other local private facilities. This is an extremely busy “private practice” style rotation with a gifted teacher. It is a wonderful one-on-one experience.

The fellow will finish the second year back at the VAH, but this time will be offered more autonomy with independent clinics and more decision making responsibilities. He/she will also complete and present the research topic in the area that they have chosen.

Details on the affiliated hospitals

ERAS Applications open December 1, 2024. For help with ERAS, contact us at or 210-567-2032.

Contact Sonia Ray at with any questions regarding the fellowship program.

Lori Pounds, M.D., FACS Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship

The UT Health San Antonio Vascular Fellowship will provide you with a sound foundation for treating vascular surgery patients on every level expected of a modern vascular specialist.
Lori Pounds, M.D., FACS
Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship