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Kedar Lavingia, MD

Vascular Surgery Fellow

"Stanford is on the forefront of endovascular techniques," said Dr. Kedar Lavingia. "When I interviewed, I realized that I would attain not only the solid fundamentals of vascular surgery but master the craft of treating complex aortic pathology."

The Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University is an RRC-accredited two-year fellowship leading to board eligibility for a certificate of Special Qualifications in Vascular Surgery granted by the American Board of Surgery.

"What I love most about vascular surgery is the opportunity to solve a problem," said Lavingia. "It's the entire experience—with a plethora of operating and didactic—that makes this fellowship enjoyable."

After realizing that life as an investment banker was not for him, Lavingia decided to pursue a career in medicine.

"I could not personally find any satisfaction with the job," said Lavingia. "I had thoughts of medicine while I was younger but turned away from it when I was in college; I think I was just delaying the inevitable."

Lavingia earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine before completing his residency in General Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

"There is something that is satisfying in patient care and follow-up that you can't really describe unless you are a part of it," said Lavingia.

As he enters his second year of the fellowship, Lavingia says he is looking forward to the increased responsibility in case planning, the added level of complexity to the cases, and opportunities to share his knowledge.

"[Academic surgery] allows you to take part in education at all levels starting from medical students all the way to fellows, and I think that is rewarding," said Lavingia. "So many people have taken part in my education, and I would like the chance to have that impact on someone else."

Brittany Hasty, MD

Surgical Education Fellow

“I knew as soon as I spent the day at Stanford interviewing for this fellowship that this was exactly where I was meant to be in order to achieve my goals,” said Dr. Hasty. “Through this fellowship I have reaffirmed my passion for surgical education and my lifelong commitment to the field.”

The American College of Surgeons-Accredited Surgical Education Fellowship at Stanford has a tripartite focus on formal training in medical education, research scholarship, and teaching. The latter emphasis on teaching is a unique aspect of the Goodman Surgical Education Center at Stanford.

“As a fellow, I am central to the design and implementation of our pre-clinical surgical skills course, core surgery clerkship for the medical students, and didactic knowledge and surgical skills curricula for the general surgery residents,” said Dr. Hasty. “I also have the opportunity to pursue projects in alignment with my own educational interests.”

A General Surgery Resident at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Hasty is completing the Surgical Education Fellowship during her professional development year between PY2 and PY3. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of South and her medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in health professions education.