Mentored Clinical Scientist Program in Vascular Medicine Funded

December 18, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded a three-year clinical and research training program in vascular medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The Mentored Clinical Scientist Program in Vascular Medicine will fund the salary of trainees who enter the career development training program and offer tax-free educational debt repayment. Wake Forest Baptist is one of seven institutions in the country to receive this grant.
The first trainee has been recruited for the first year of the program beginning in August 2008. Two trainees will join the program in August 2009, and two more will join the program in August 2010. The physicians who participate in the program will receive clinical vascular training, mentored research and institutional resources related to their areas of interest. They will graduate from the program with a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences Research.
Kimberley J. Hansen, M.D., professor of surgery and head of the section on vascular and endovascular surgery at Wake Forest Baptist, serves as program director. Hansen is also program director of the accredited vascular surgery residency training program and director of the clinical vascular laboratory at Wake Forest Baptist, a world-class noninvasive imaging center. Hansen is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,154 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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