Vascular Surgeons work to correct issues and diseases affecting the circulatory system. The specialty of vascular surgery combines therapy and minimally invasive procedures to improve the functions of the vascular system, which includes the arteries, veins, and capillaries. Popular procedures include, but are not limited to, thoracic endovascular aortic repair, endovascular aneurysm repair, angioplasty, stenting, and bypass surgery. These surgeries can be life saving in many cases and require the surgeon to be details oriented and a have a high level of technical skills.


Medical graduates hoping to become vascular surgeons will have a long road ahead of them. Graduates have two options, they can either complete their residency in general surgery and follow it up with a fellowship in vascular surgery or, they can choose to simply complete their residency in vascular surgery. The first option can take six to seven years while the second can be shorter by about a year.

According to data from the 2019 National Residency Match Program, there were 66 spots offered in the specialty of vascular surgery. Only 6 of the spots, or ten percent, were filled by IMGs. In comparison, there were 8,844 general surgery spots offered in general surgery during 2019. 1,414, or roughly 16 percent, of these individuals identified as IMGS. An IMGs chances of matching into a general surgery residency position is more likely than one in vascular surgery. This makes an argument for why IMGs might decide to take the longer route to becoming a practicing surgeon.

For more data on the 2019 residency match, click here.

Practicing as a Physician

Currently there are just under 3,000 vascular surgeons practicing in the United States. Worldwide, there are about 10,000. The number of practicing vascular surgeons in the U.S. is predicted to drop as a majority of this population is reaching the age of retirement.

During 2019, the average salary for vascular surgeons was $254,265.

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