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, TACK, novel stents and balloons, catheter thrombolysis, to name a few. Our lab is a site for a number of novel devices as part of multi-center studies. 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 academic career paths.