“I completed a two month Prairie Vascular Fellowship during my interventional cardiology fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center.  Prairie Cardiovascular is a premier organization with expertise in complex peripheral vascular disease.  During my fellowship, I performed many peripheral interventions in multiple vascular beds including infrainguinal, infrapopliteal, carotid, subclavian, and renal.  I obtained first-hand experience with endovascular aneurysm repair and limb salvage procedures for critical limb ischemia.
Drs. Greg Mishkel, Krishna Rocha-Singh, Jeffrey Goldstein, and Nilesh Goswami are excellent interventionists and educators who are at the forefront of peripheral vascular interventions and vascular medicine.
During my fellowship, I also had the opportunity to train with noted experts in vascular medicine and coronary chronic total occlusions – Drs. Raghu Kolluri and Tony De martini.  I spent time with Dr. Kolluri both in the non-invasive vascular lab and performing superficial venous ablations.  Dr. De Martini and I performed multiple coronary CTO procedures utilizing both antegrade and retrograde techniques.
In addition to the excellent hands-on experience, there are a plethora of research opportunities available.  This is due to the high volume, complexity of cases being performed, and their extensive research involvement.  During my fellowship I submitted a case series on the percutaneous management of splenic artery aneurysms, a procedure that cardiologist have traditionally not been involved in, for publication.
On a personal note, both the faculty and staff at the Prairie Vascular Fellowship were warm, approachable, and generous with their time.
I highly recommend pursuing a Prairie Vascular Fellowship.”

Amir Darki, M.D., M.Sc.
Interventional Cardiologist
Loyola University Medical Center

Amir Darki, MD, M.Sc.

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