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DrNB in Vascular Surgery

Starcare Hospital is the first multi-speciality hospital in Kerala to be approved by NBE (National Board of Examinations, New Delhi) for 3 years DrNB, super speciality program in Vascular Surgery.

Vascular Surgery is a demanding, highly specialized and progressively expanding discipline, concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of arteries, veins and lymphatic system in the entire body except within the skull and around the heart. India is witnessing exponential growth in patients suffering from vascular disorders, mainly due to the demographic increase of diabetes in the entire country. A vascular surgeon is involved in the preservation of functional tissues of all organs like limbs, the brain, the gut, kidneys and other organs.

Apart from performing all open vascular surgeries, modern-day Vascular Surgeon also independently performs all catheter-related interventions of arteries and veins. The course aims at training a candidate, who at the end of the course should be able to provide complete holistic care to all vascular disorders, which includes medical, open surgical and minimally invasive endovascular procedures. At the completion of Vascular & endovascular training, they should be competent to manage elective and emergency vascular problems, able to address complex vascular pathologies and develop an interest to pursue further advanced training in focused fields, which might be outside the realm of this curriculum. The curriculum will also aim to encourage clinical research, and publications in peer-reviewed journals, apart from pursuing an "academic" career.

About our department

Starcare is one of the largest vascular and endovascular departments in Kerala with three full-time consultants which cater to around 6 districts in North Kerala.

Highlights of the Department

  • Around 5000 OPDs
  • 1500 inpatients
  • 150+ Open Major open vascular procedures.
  • 350+ Angioplasty and endovascular procedures
  • 700+ Endovenous treatments for venous diseases.
  • 1000 + Arteriovenous fistula access surgeries for dialysis patients


  • Fully equipped dedicated Vascular OR
  • Fully equipped Cathlab and hybrid OR.
  • Dedicated vascular Ultrasound in OPD and OR.
  • Non-invasive Vascular lab.
  • CT and MR for Vascular Imaging.
  • CO2 Angiography and Intravascular USG.
  • Academic Library.

Publications and Recent Presentation


Raval M, Rajendran S, Stephen E. The Outcome of Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis in COVID-19-Associated Deep Vein Thrombosis. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2022 Jan 2:15385744211068640. doi: 10.1177/15385744211068640. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34974761.

Rajendran S, Ramachandran Nair H, Irshad K M, Muhammed UT, Thaikattil NJ. Ultrasound-assisted varicose vein surgery and endovenous laser ablation using 1470-nm laser in the treatment of great saphenous vein incompetence has similar outcomes at one year: A single centre prospective randomized study. J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2021 Aug 23:S2213-333X(21)00423-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2021.08.013. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34438089.

Rajendran S, Nair HR. Endovenous laser ablation of incompetent great saphenous veins with 1470-nm laser using bare tip and radial fibers results in similar short-term outcomes. J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2021 Sep;9(5):1209-1214. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2020.12.069. Epub 2020 Dec 16. PMID: 33340731.

Rajendran S, Anto R, Nair HR. Ten-year follow-up of direct interposition graft repair of persistent sciatic artery aneurysm. J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech. 2021 May 6;7(3):508-509. doi: 10.1016/j.jvscit.2021.04.013. PMID: 34401612; PMCID: PMC8355832.

Rajendran S, Sreekumar R C, Chandran J. Arthur B. Voorhees, Jr.: Inventor of prosthetic vascular graft – A birth centennial tribute. Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2021;8, Suppl S1:69-71

Kiran S K, Shaji P C, Rajendran S, Gopinath T N, Jagdish J. Lower limb vascular anomalies and malformations with contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography: A case series. Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2021;8, Suppl S1:72-4

Rajendran S, Ramachandran S, Sarma PS, Unnikrishnan M. Graft patency and determinants of outcome in infrainguinal bypasses – A retrospective study. Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2021;8:222-7.

Rajendran S, Nair HR. Peripheral Bypass – Looking back into the past. Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2020;7:181-4


Latest Presentations at State and National level meetings

Varicose vein : Role of Glue” at 45th Annual conference of Association of Surgeons of India, Kerala Chapter , organized by Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram & City branch of ASI on 18th & 19th June 2022

Improving results of open Varicose Vein Surgery at Peripheral Meet of ASI Kerala Chapter on 13th February 2022.

Managing difficult varicose veins recurrences – Peripheral meet of Association of Surgeons of Kerala held at Trivandrum on 1st and 2nd February 2019.

Endovenous laser ablation vs. Ultrasound assisted varicose vein surgery: 26th annual conference of Vascular Society of India (VSICON 2019) at Hyderabad on 17th to 20th October 2019.

Great saphenous varicose veins and management: 12th Annual conference of Venous association of India was held at Hyderabad on Jan 17th to Jan 20th 2019.

US Guided AmbulatoryHook Phlebectomy: 42nd Annual conference of Association of surgeon of India, held at MES medical college, Perinthalmanna on 26th and 27th April 2019.

Audit of ROSUD in Tibial Interventions: 25th annual conference of Vascular Society of India (VSICON 2018) at Jammu & Kashmir 3rd to 6th October 2018.

Radiofrequency Ablation tips and tricks: 41st Annual conference of Association of surgeon of India, Kochi 4th to 6th May, 2018

Ultrasound evaluation of AV access: 11th Midterm meeting of Vascular Society of India , Bengaluru 15th to 17th June 2018.

Ultrasound guided ambulatory hook phlebectomy: 11th Annual conference of Venous association of India was held at Grand Mercure Hotel, Vadodara, Gujarat on Jan 18th and 19th 2018.

Role of Surgeons in POAD: 39th Annual conference of Association of surgeon of India, , Medical college , Trivandrum, May 2016.

Course Highlights

  • Total seats: 1
  • Course Duration: 3 years
  • One candidate is selected from across India
  • Allotment through NEET Superspeciality entrance
  • Off-site postings at reputed institutes across India.
  • Eligibility: The candidate should have successfully completed General Surgical training (MS or DNB).
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