Patrick O’Hara, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Department of Vascular Surgery, located on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed in 1979. Dr. O'Hara is board-certified and re-certified in vascular surgery. He specializes in both open and endovascular arterial surgery including carotid artery surgery, thoracoabdominal aortic repair/reconstruction, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, peripheral artery repair and bypass surgery, minimally invasive vascular surgery, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm stent repair, endovascular stent repair, arterio-venous fistula construction as well as visceral, renal and mesenteric arterial reconstruction .
Dr. O’Hara is an Ohio native, born in Youngstown. He entered the six-year program of Liberal Arts and Medicine at Boston University. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University College of Liberal Arts, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He simultaneously received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, graduating cum laude, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. O'Hara was also the recipient of the Pfizer Scholarship.
Dr. O'Hara completed his surgical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was subsequently a Clinical and Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. O’Hara completed his military obligation on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service, serving in the department of surgery at the U. S. Public Health Service Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. O'Hara has held a number of visiting professorships including lectures to the University of Texas in San Antonio; the International College of Angiology in Athens, Greece; the Italian Society for the Study of Hemostasis and Thrombosis in Perugia, Italy; the Mediterranean Institute of Cardiology in Aux-en-Provence, France; the Chilean Society for Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery in Santiago, Chile; and, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He has made or moderated 45 postgraduate course presentations on various topics in vascular and endovascular surgery.
Dr. O’Hara currently serves as Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery from 2004-2008. He was section editor for Patient and Family Vascular Health on the Society for Vascular Surgery website, VascularWeb from 2004-2008. Since 1994, he has served as an invited reviewer for The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, and since 2000, for the Annals of Surgery. He is also Chairman of the Vascular Surgery Advisory Council for the American College of Surgeons from 2008-2011 and Chairman of the VascularWeb Advisory Committee for the Society for Vascular Surgery from 2009-2010.
Dr. O'Hara has authored or co-authored more than 25 chapters in medical textbooks, nearly 90 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 abstracts focusing on his specialty interests. He has performed surgeries for educational video presentations including complex abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery for the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. O’Hara has been invited to present his clinical experience to national medical conferences and symposia.
Dr. O'Hara's ongoing clinical research studies focus on best practices related to his specialty interests.
Dr. O'Hara is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He is a former president of the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society and the Cleveland Vascular Surgery Society. He holds membership in a number of other professional medical societies including the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and the Central Surgical Association, among others.
Dr. O'Hara was elected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America in 2005-2012.