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Department Vascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Bypass Surgery for Atherosclerosis/PAD/PVD
  • Bypass Surgery for Venous Disease
  • Carotid Artery Aneurysm Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Dialysis Access Surgery
  • Endovascular Repair Of Carotid Artery Disease
  • Vascular Surgery Department
  • Wound Care
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Carotid Artery Aneurysm
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Venous Leg Ulcers
  • Venous Stasis Leg Ulcers
View all 7 Specialties +


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About Lee Kirksey, MD

Lee Kirksey, MD, is a vascular surgeon in the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. He is board certified in surgery with special qualifications in vascular surgery and is a registered vascular technologist.

Dr. Kirksey offers virtual visits.

Prior to his 2011 appointment to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff, Dr. Kirksey was assistant professor of surgery in The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was on staff at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, and Director of the Penn Wound Care Center. His previous positions included Attending Surgeon, Chief of Endovascular Therapy and Development and Director of the Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory, all at The Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, venous insufficiency, bypass surgery for atherosclerosis/PAD/PVD , carotid endarterectomy, carotid stenting, dialysis access surgery, endovascular repair of carotid artery disease, limb salvage, wound care, minimally invasive treatment of abdominal aortic disease

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Kirksey performs more than 600 procedures each year. He has performed more than 7,000 vascular procedures throughout his career.

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic’s Vascular Surgeons are national and international leaders in treating patients with even the most complicated cases, using the most advanced techniques. Much of our experience is in reoperative surgery for patients whose original operations were performed elsewhere, and the department serves as a major referral center for these and other difficult cases throughout Ohio and the surrounding states. We have one of the largest post-graduate training programs in vascular surgery in the United States, and our academic work has been published in scientific journals throughout the world. Success rates for specific procedures are available at

Education and Training: Dr. Kirksey is an Ohio native and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from The Ohio State University. He served his residency in surgery at The Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System, Philadelphia and completed fellowships in vascular surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, and in endovascular surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York.

Publications and Speaking: Dr. Kirksey has published more than a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has authored and co-authored two consumer books on wellness and written a chapter for a vascular surgery textbook. Dr. Kirksey is a member of the Health Advisory Committee to the Legislative Black Caucus of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Director of the Philadelphia Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition.

He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, Eastern Vascular Society, Peripheral Vascular Society, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Society for Vascular Technology, and Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery.

About Dr. Kirksey: “Untreated vascular disease, whether it’s a stroke, a threatened limb, or an untreated abdominal aneurysm, can irreversibly change the lives of a patient and their family members. Providing patients with solutions that allow them to continue on with a productive life is incredibly rewarding.“

Leisure time activities: Dr. Kirksey is an avid sports fan and dedicated Ohio State University athletic supporter. He enjoys outdoor fitness activities.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Vascular Surgery
Newark, NJ USA

Residency - The Graduate Vascular Hospital
General Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Internship - Aultman Hospital
Transitional Year
Canton, OH USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA


  • Surgery - Vascular Surgery

Specialty Interests

Carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, venous insufficiency, bypass surgery for atherosclerosis/PAD/PVD , carotid endarterectomy, carotid stenting, dialysis access surgery, endovascular repair of carotid artery disease, limb salvage, wound care

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Lee Kirksey, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/28/2021, Dr. Kirksey has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

196 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Excellent care from everyone, especially Dr. Kirksey

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Dr kirskey is great compassionate knowledgeable answers my questions listions to me

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Had an excellent visit with dr kirksy.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

I had the greatest experience I have ever had in a hospital or with a physician. Thank you so very much Dr. Kirksey

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

We love Dr. Kirksey!

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

This was a follow-up visit after surgery in Oct. 2020. Dr. Kirksey said everything was fine after the surgery. The surgery itself was NOT fine! He was not able to get the stent put into my carotid artery, and had to be repeated the following day by a member of the cardiac team who did a fine job. Also Dr. Kirksey never went to talk to my daughter after the first surgery, which the member of the cardiac team did do. I wish I could recall the name of that doctor as I would like to thank him for his focused attention. I do not remember ever seeing Dr. Kirksey after the first surgery, only staff members who came to ICU to talk to me.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

I have been seeing Dr Kirksey since 2017. Have never had a problem with any of the process.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

We love Dr. Kirksey. We trust him and have the highest regard and respect for him and his judgement.

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

dr. made me feel comfortable and not anxious

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

*Dr. Kirksey and his team were exceptional! Best!

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

doc provided excellent information

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Dr Kirksey is wonderful.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Had the best team of doctors very thankful.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Dr Kirksey was very good & helpful & on time!

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Dr. Kirsky is one of the best vascular surgeon Doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr. Kirksey displayed professional as well as friendly concerns during our conversation. I will, and I have recommended Dr. Kirksey to others.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

My wife and I were extremely impressed With the Entire Department, the doctor was Awesome!

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

very professional, informative and courteous doctor and staff

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

*Dr. Kirksey and his staff are 5 star all the way.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

We are in the process of completing pre-procedure testing. Everything has been explained and discussed with us by Dr. Kirksey and his staff. So far, so good!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Dr. Kirksey, is a very thorough, and professional Doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Dr Kirskey and his staff are great treat you very well and courteous

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr Kirksey is awesome! sure hope he can help me .

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

I was able to see the doctor when expected.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr. Kirksey was wonderful. He went beyond my expectations.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr. Kirksey was very informative, professional and explained everything very well. I left him with no doubts or concerns about pending surgery. I am betting my life on him that's how much I like him.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

Because I have very poor cell phone service in our home, Dr. Kirskey's staff made arrangements for me to be able to speak with Dr. Kirksey over our land line phone. Less stressful.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Dr.Kirksey and his staff was wonderful! I traveled from Columbus to see him and he gave me more information on his appointment, than the appts I've had in Columbus with several providers. I felt very at ease with him and he was very kind. I felt very fortunate to have seen him to go over my issues.

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