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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/12/2020, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

135 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Kirksey is a wonderful, intelligent physician.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr. Kirksey remembered me from a year ago.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Dr. Kirksey and all staff were great.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

A insughtful and educational visit.Dr. Kirksey impressive.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr Kirksey is as good as it gets.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dr. Kirksey is the best

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Kirksey is a very caring, thorough and excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

I have always had Dr. Kirksey complete attention.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

the meeting with Dr. Kirksey was very good. Due to the complex situation of my husband's Dr. Kirskey did ask for the phone number of the podiatrist that was treating him. I hope that Dr. Kirskey did make connections with the podiatrist here in Erie, PA.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

dr is the very best!

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

always recommend this Dr. He saved my life

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Would have been nice to meet Dr. Kirksey in person, but considering Covid and a 4 hour drive, this was a much better alternative for me. Thanks Dr. Kirksey

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2020

Very nice doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Dr Kirksey was very kind and allowed a video call with my son and daughter-in-law about the aneurysm I have. I liked him very much and felt secure with him.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr Kersey in my opinion was very knowledgeable a true professional and explained everything to me and my wife and if there was something we didn't understand explained again and sometime showed us the blockage on his computer screen. I went in couldn't walk with severe pain and came out of surgery walking and no pain. I wad told by hospital in Johnson City NY there vascular that nothing could be done the vascular there told us he was afraid I would die on table. Dr Kersey gave me my life back. Thank you Dr Kersey

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

He's a great doctor, I only rated him good For caring for me as a person because it was New Year's eve and everyone seemed ready to end the day.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

A very capable and reliable doctor and team.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

my care provider has my utmost respect and trust

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

we have great respect and confidence in Dr. Kirksey. He is caring and very knowledgeable.. great!!

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Dr. Kirskey is excellent he takes his time with you and answers all questions

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

My experience withy Dr Kirksey and Clevelenad Clinic over the past year has been excellent!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

I already have , recommended the doctor. To other patients.

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