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Fellowship Training Q&A with Dr. Robert Attaran

September 19, 2023

Robert Attaran, FACC, FASE, FSCAI, RPVI, MBBS, is the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program and the Endovascular Fellowship Program, at the Yale School of Medicine.

What do you hope to achieve as the new program director for the endovascular fellowship?

The past two decades have seen an explosion in endovascular arterial and venous procedures, with more options for devices, safer therapies and less down-time for patients. Vascular medicine and intervention is a rapidly expanding field. A well-trained specialist is in high demand. Yale has one of the highest volume vascular programs in the country. It has been a site for numerous novel device trials. Patients include those with critical limb ischemia, carotid disease, post-thrombotic syndrome and claudication. Trainees are exposed to a large volume of patients with vascular pathology and learn about evidence-based approaches for both medical and invasive therapies. Trainees will learn about the multidisciplinary nature of vascular medicine. The program also provides dedicated research time and has a vascular outcomes program. My hopes are to continue to grow the educational component of the program and provide an opportunity for trainees to grow their procedural skills and to further advance the field.

What are you looking for in an ideal candidate?

The ideal candidate must be devoted to furthering the art and science of vascular medicine and intervention. Clinical acumen and judgement are essential as are professionalism, work ethic and compassion.

What can fellows expect during their year of training at Yale?

Fellows will be exposed to a broad range of interventional techniques and devices including atherectomy, embolic protection filters, novel stents and balloons, deep and superficial vein intervention, to name a few. Our lab is a site for a number of novel devices as part of multi-center studies. Didactic sessions are taught by multi-disciplinary faculty. Opportunities for vascular study reading and RPVI certification are available. Every two weeks fellows will participate in a research conference to discuss new ideas or to present their own work. These conferences will be an opportunity for fellows to be mentored and guided along their career paths.

Accepting applications for 2024

The 2024 Yale Endovascular Fellowship Training Program is accepting applications for up to 4 fellows. Completion of an ACGME Cardiology Fellowship is required. Send CV and 3 LoRs to

Submitted by Elisabeth Reitman on June 12, 2020