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The Herbert Dardik Vascular Fellowship Program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
A defining moment at Englewood Hospital was a visit by Dr. Sterling Edwards on December 2, 1977. Dr. Edwards was the president of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery. Impressed with a patient he saw in Albuquerque following the performance of a distal bypass with the UV graft at Englewood Hospital, he suggested that a Fellowship Program be established at the Medical Center. With his support the program was initiated. The first two fellows were Dr. Barry Sussman, a graduate from the surgical program at NYU and Dr. Mamoon Jarrah, a graduate of Englewood Hospital.
The program was the eighth in the US approved by the Peer Evaluation and Endorsement Committee representing the Society for Vascular Surgery. In 1985 the rules changed with the transfer of responsibilities for Vascular Fellowship Programs to the ACGME and the Residency Review Committee in Surgery. Because of certain stringent requirements, the program at Englewood Hospital was not eligible to submit an application for approval by the accrediting bodies. Thus began the period of the so-called free-standing programs. This was a difficult time and despite constant prodding of the certifying bodies, approval was not forthcoming even using this issue as the subject of a Presidential Address before the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery in 1984.
By the year 2000, it was evident that a schism was developing in Vascular Surgery involving those who felt that there should be separate board certification and others who felt that Vascular Surgery should remain under the mantle of the American Board of Surgery. This actually represented an opportunity for resubmission of the application for accreditation of the program and in fact this was achieved in 2000. The second site review took place on 2007 and we were notified in 2008 that full accreditation was again awarded to our program.
As of its 30th anniversary in 2008, in addition to the graduation of thirty-two accomplished surgeons, the program has achieved prominence by winning awards, publishing manuscripts and presenting papers regionally and nationally dealing with clinical projects and basic laboratory research. With each passing year, as excellent as we feel the program is, we find areas to improve upon and grow. We anticipate a future that is bright and productive with our primary goal to continue training vascular surgeons who will enter the community and provide first-class care.