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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Bypass Surgery for Atherosclerosis
  • Bypass Surgery for PAD
  • Bypass Surgery for 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 12 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 received his appointment to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in 2011. He holds the Walter W. Buckley endowed Vice Chair in The Department of Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. A proud native of the Alliance, Ohio and a graduate of West Branch High School, Dr Kirksey voices pride in returning to and serving the people of the region. Prior to his appointment, 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 in Philadelphia, PA where he was director of advanced limb preservation therapies.

Specialty/Clinical Interests: Open Carotid artery endarterectomy, peripheral artery disease (PAD), bypass/endovascular and hybrid surgery for atherosclerosis for limb salvage, medical management of carotid artery stenosis, minimally invasive treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm, endovascular treatment for thoracic aortic dissection, carotid artery stenting, reoperative and advanced dialysis access surgery, carotid artery stenting, primary and reoperative reconstruction of aortic occlusion, limb preservation procedures, wound care.

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Kirksey performs more than 500 to 600 index vascular procedures each year. He has performed more than 10,000 vascular procedures over the course of 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. 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 general surgery at The Graduate Hospital, University of The University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System in 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. He earned his MBA from NYU business school.

Publications and Speaking
: Dr. Kirksey has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, multiple book chapters and has participated in writing national guidelines papers on the topic of PAD. Topics include “Open aortic surgery volume experience at a regionalized referral center”. Dr Kirksey speaks extensively on the topics of complex treatment for peripheral artery disease, outcomes for aortic aneurysm and dissection, population health, value based healthcare and reducing health disparities in cardiovascular and vascular disease for vulnerable populations. He is active in the education of healthcare providers, community members and policy makers about the early identification and best practice management of vascular disease.

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

About Dr. Kirksey: “Untreated or undiagnosed 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 especially for the Ohio community that I grew up in“

Leisure 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 Hospital of the Universtiy of Pennsylvania
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
  • Vascular Technology

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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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 4/11/2023, 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

188 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

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

My wife is a retired RN and all the staff traded her very very well and informed.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Seemed very interested in my problems not just stands there in front of a computer like the doctor in Ashtabula.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Dr. Kirksey is excellent, very thorough, and supportive of the patient.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Beyond our expectations. Dr Kirksey is professional, knowledgeable and has a fantastic patient communication. His resident is also amazing. We felt safe with Dr Kirksey. Cleveland Clinic does not disappoint! This is the way medicine used to be.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Very good experience, Dr. Kirksey is always very knowledgeable in dealing with my condition. I feel reassured after my visit.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Doctor is excellent he saved my life

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Dr Kirksey's staff in vascular is always friendly and helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

I have seen Dr Kirksey regularly for about 2 years. He is always thorough. He listens and explains well. He is an excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

I appreciated the Dr and staff who listens and took the time to go through my symptoms thoroughly.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Dr Kirksey was very thorough explaining the situation so my mom would understand. He was very polite and professional. I trust what he told us.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Thank you Dr Kirksey and staff for great service Virginia Panza

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Excellent provider Dr. Kirksey

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Dr. Kirksey is a recognized expert in his field. He is very knowledgeable and caring. I would recommend him to anyone

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Always have good experience with doctors and staff.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Dr. Kirksey is fabulous!!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Absolutely everyone we interacted with at the Cleveland clinic was fantastic, except for Dr. Kirksey and the resident who examined me

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

Dr Kirksey is wonderful.

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