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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

  • Amputation
  • Aneurysm Surgery - Lower Extremities
  • Aneurysm Surgery - Upper Extremity
  • Angioplasty
  • Angioplasty of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Angioplasty/Stenting for Mesenteric Artery Stenosis
  • Angioplasty/Stenting of Subclavian Artery
  • Aorta Center
  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortofemoral Bypass Grafting
  • Atherectomy
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Carotid Artery Aneurysm Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Carotid-Subclavian Bypass
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Diagnostic Angiography
  • Endovascular Aorta Treatment - Thoracic
  • Endovascular Repair - Vascular Disease
  • Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Endovascular Repair of Renal Artery Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Endovascular Treatment of the Abdominal Aorta
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Surgery
  • Renal Angioplasty
  • Renal Artery Stenting
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Sports Cardiology Center
  • Stenting of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Thrombolytic Therapy for Venous Disease
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery Department
  • Vein Ablation
  • Venous Angioplasty
  • Venous Stents
View all 39 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Adventitial Cystic Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Carotid Artery Aneurysm
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Iliac Artery Aneurysm
  • Iliac Endofibrosis
  • May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS)
  • Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome (PAES)
  • Renal Artery Aneurysm
  • Renal Artery Disease
  • Venous Thrombosis
  • Visceral Artery Aneurysms
View all 14 Specialties +


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About Sean Lyden, MD

Sean Lyden, MD, is the Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute.   He serves as chief medical officer of Excelerate Strategic Health Sourcing, a venture between Cleveland Clinic and Vizient to save health care organizations money with a provider-led, physician-engaged sourcing.

Specialty Interests: Failed endovascular aneurysm repair, drug coated balloon use in arterial disease, popliteal artery entrapment syndrome

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Lyden performs more than 200 procedures each year.

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 re-operative 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 http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx

Education and Training: A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Lyden earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine following an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He served a residency in general surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  His training included a year doing trauma research.   He subsequently served a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.

Dr. Lyden was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2001. He is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Publications and Research: He currently is involved in clinical trials studying various topics including thoracic and abdominal stent grafting; lower extremity interventional therapies with drug coated balloons, drug-eluting stents and percutaneous femoral popliteal bypass; carotid stenting; and deep venous thrombosis treatments.  Dr. Lyden has given more than 250 presentations of clinical findings at national and international medical symposia and conferences.

He serves on the editorial boards of Endovascular Today and Annals of Vascular Surgery and serves as reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He has authored and co-authored more than 85 articles in leading publications, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation. He also has also authored chapters in several vascular textbooks.

About Dr. Lyden: “I enjoy my specialty because I end up taking care of a patient for the rest of their lives and I establish close relationships with them and consider them lifetime friends.”

Leisure time activities: Dr. Lyden enjoys spending time with family, golfing and attending University of Notre Dame football games.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital
Vascular Surgery
Rochester, NY USA

Residency - University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
General Surgery
Memphis, TN USA

Medical Education - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA

Undergraduate - University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN USA


  • Surgery - Vascular Surgery
  • Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation

Specialty Interests

Failed endovascular aneurysm repair, drug coated balloon use in arterial disease, popliteal artery entrapment syndrome

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2014
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Sean Lyden, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 3/21/2023, Dr. Lyden has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Lyden receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Rapid Medical Research, Inc.
  • Medtronic plc
  • BD Healthcare Ventures, LLC
  • Contego Medical, Inc.
  • Endologix
  • VIVA Physicians

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

280 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024

I was very unhappy with the doctor himself. He didn't examine me just stood there checking my pulse. He has a terrible bed side manner!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Dr. Lyden is very professional, yet personable. He knows how to give the personal touch. He is very intelligent, just what one would want in a surgeon or any doctor. He is professional but friendly, too. He gets a gold star.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr. Lyden was absolutely amazing and we could not have asked for better care.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

During our interview, I told Dr. Lyden that my son had unexpectedly passed away recently. At the end of our appointment, he asked me to stand up. When I did, he put his arms around me and hugged me, expressing his condolences. Dr. Lyden has never practiced better medicine than he did with that kind gesture. He's a fine surgeon and an even better man.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

There is no doctor like Dr. Lyden. He saved my life in 2007 and has been caring about me since that time.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

I was very happy with the doctor and staff!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Dr Lyden is exceptional in his field--Knowledgable with the ability to explain the facts and procedure forDetermining the cause of my problem. His sense of humor wasAn important factor in helping to allayMy fears!! I really enjoyed my time With him.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Dr. Leyden is a very caring physician. He answer all questions and explains things very well.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr. Lyden and his staff are incredibly kind and caring. He is without a doubt a very gifted surgeon and I will recommend him to anyone that I come in contact with that may need a similar surgery like mine. I can't say enough about how wonderful I was treated at the Cleveland Clinic!!

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr is great

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Sean Lyden is everything you want in a Dr. Knowledgeable, explains clearly, diagrams, and reassuring. The fellowship Dr. Was assisting Dr. Lyden and not distracting. Dr.Sean Lyden must be great to work for because his staff is amazing.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

My appointment with Dr Leyden was awesome. He listened to my concerns and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr. Lyden treated me with courtesy and respect. He also cared for me as a person, was detailed with his explanations and provided the next steps for my care.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Great job by all including Dr. Lyden. Thank to the Clinic and Dr. Lyden.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

I have been a patient of Dr. Lyden's for over 3 years and he is one of my favorite physician's. I am a retired nurse so that says a lot.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

My doctor have very good bedside manner, he listened and explained things on a level that I could understand. Very happy!

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

My wife and I felt comfortable with Dr. Lyden within minutes of meeting him. We knew he was prepared, familiar with my history and never hesitated to field or answer any questions we posed.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I have always received the best care at Cleveland Clinic. As for Dr. Lyden and his staff, there's no way that they could be better. Everyone is so kind and courteous. Dr.Lyden is not just a great Doctor, he is a great person and friend. I always have hope when I visit the Clinic and even more when I see Dr. Lyden.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr. Lyden and his team were excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Cleveland Clinic and *Dr. Lyden's office were efficient and courteous in setting up my appointment and answering all my questions regarding my procedure.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

*Dr. Lyden was all you could ask for in a provider. He explained the procedure, took the time to answer all my questions, and made me feel at ease and special. He followed up after the procedure by spending time with me at least twice a day. He is a special person.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

I truly feel that my experience was extraordinary. I am especially indebted and phased with *Dr. Lyden.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr. Lyden and Dr. Kirksey are their teams was top notch, very impressive.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

The Cleveland clinic is the best hospital in the country. Keep up the good work Sean Lyden is a very good doctor very easy to communicate with. I respect his opinion.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr. Lyden and the nursing staff were very courteous and caring. The explanations were thorough and there was ample opportunity for questions. Dr. Lyden inspires confidence from start to finish with each visit.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr. Lyden was amazing. Treated me well & included my daughter in conversation. I could go on, but just know that I am thankful.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr. Lyden is an incredible doctor that went way out of his way to investigate and review my issue !!

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

I had an excellent experience with Dr.Lyden.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Dr. Lyden was everything I wanted in a doctor. He was "up" on what needed to be found out.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

If all doctors at Cleveland Clinic are like Dr. Lyden, I shouldn't be worried about ANY problems I have at Cleveland.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Everything was perfect.At this age I've had plenty of experience with md visits. This clinic is the best

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

He's the best.Great manners,great explanations and concern over my choice of options .He needs a RAISE

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Great connection with all of his staff. Luck to have such a quality doctor & man. Thanks!!

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr. Lyden is incredible!

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr Lyden was outstanding

Reviewed on May 5, 2023

*Dr. Sean Lyden is exceptional!! He truly cares & gave me my ability to enjoy sports & physical activity again. Highly recommend *Dr. Lyden!!

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Always a pleasure to see Dr Lyden. He is always very professional and besides he likes wine like I do

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Loved the whole experience at the Cleveland clinic. Especially Dr Leyden.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Have already recommended Dr Leyden to anyone who would listen

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr. Lyden is very good however he admitted that he talks too much to his patients and that's why I had to wait for over an hour to see him as I sit in a gown waiting. Very frustrating.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

The doctor was very likable, professional and thorough. He saw me both before & after the ultrasound.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

When Dr Bartholomew recommends someone, I know they will be good. Dr Lyden certainly was very good.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

I always appreciate my interactions with Dr. Lyden.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Dr. Lyden was kind, polite, and professional. An extraordinary Surgeon with caring follow up with his patients .

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