Vascular surgery residency

Doctors looking at where the scope is during surgery

The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Vascular Surgery Residency is a five year ACGME accredited residency program designed to train medical students who desire to become board-certified vascular surgeons. Residents work closely with the faculty mentors and are assisted by a team of clinical nurses, general surgery residents and physician assistants. A large case experience, clinical research and a new simulation center contribute to a well-rounded experience and the opportunity to become a well-rounded, proficient vascular surgery specialist.


Our residents spend the majority of their time at the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Robert Cuff, MD, is the program director and he is assisted by six vascular surgeons, all fellowship trained. Each of the faculty trained at different programs bringing a diverse experience to the residency.

Program Aims

  1. Create an educational environment with focus on resident development throughout their residency with progressive responsibility and autonomy
  2. Provide the resident exposure to multidisciplinary team-based approaches to patient care within different patient populations and backgrounds
  3. Prepare the resident for a career in varied clinical and/or academic settings with exposure to research, medical education/teaching, quality and safety initiatives and community engagement
  4. Provide the educational and clinical tools to the resident to successfully complete the process for board certification
  5. Create an environment for ongoing learning with investigation and research opportunities


The five year integrated vascular surgery residency received approval in 2010 and currently has residents at the PGY-1 through PGY-5 levels. The residents rotate through general surgery services including trauma, burn and critical care, cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric surgery and plastic surgery as well as the vascular surgery service during their first three years. Each year an increasing amount of time is spent caring for vascular patients culminating in 23/26 blocks on the vascular surgery service during the final two years of the residency.

The residents participate and help run weekly educational conferences. Clinical research participation is expected and supported by dedicated research coordinators.

The large clinical volume of both open and endovascular cases, world-class facilities and broad training experiences of the faculty insure the residents will graduate with the experience to be confident and competent vascular specialists.

PGY-1 Year

  • Vascular surgery: Four blocks
  • Vascular lab: One block
  • Plastics: One block
  • Trauma: One block
  • Emergency general surgery: Two blocks
  • Surgical intensive care unit: Three blocks
  • Surgical oncology: One block

PGY-2 Year

  • Vascular surgery: Six blocks
  • Pediatric surgery: One block
  • Emergency general surgery: One block
  • Surgical intensive care unit: Four blocks
  • Burn: One block

PGY-3 Year

  • Vascular surgery: Seven blocks
  • Quality and safety: One block
  • Cardiothoracic surgery: One block
  • Thoracic critical care unit: One block
  • Wound/podiatry: One block
  • Vein clinic: One block
  • Transplant: One block

PGY-4 Year

  • Vascular surgery: 12 blocks
  • Vascular lab: One block

PGY-5 Year

  • Vascular surgery: 13 blocks


For research support, the scholarly activity support team can assist you. The scholarly activity support team also offers biostatistics consultation, and poster preparation. Residents will be expected to submit their work for presentation at an institutional Research Day.

Application Requirements

  • USMLE Step 1 - 220+ or COMLEX Level 1- 400-600
  • USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX Level 2 preferred by interview season

All applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service only. Residency interviews are held in November and December. For more information on our program, contact Christine Richey, program coordinator.

All visiting medical student applications must be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program (formerly known as VSAS). For more information on visiting medical student opportunities, please visit our Visiting Learner page.

Salary and Benefits

Spectrum Health provides a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package for our residents, staff and their families. In addition, our program provides educational monies to support your ongoing education. Download our salary and benefits document to learn more.

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Program Director

Associate Program Director

Core Faculty

Class of 2026

Christina Supino, DO
Christina Supino, DO

University of New England

Class of 2025

Carolyn Postol, DO
Carolyn Postol, DO

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2024

Jake Nicholson, DO
Jake Nicholson, DO

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2023

Ivan Noffsker, MD
Ivan Noffsker, MD

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Class of 2022

Kush Sharma, MD
Kush Sharma, MD

Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Vascular surgery residency bios

Resident group photo

Ready to Apply?

Review the “Application Requirements” tab on the program page to learn more about the application process.