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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/Stenting for Mesenteric Artery Stenosis
  • Angioplasty/Stenting for Renal Artery Stenosis
  • Angioplasty/Stenting of PAD
  • Angioplasty/Stenting of Subclavian Artery
  • Aorta Center
  • Aorta Graft
  • Aorta Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortofemoral Bypass Grafting
  • Atherectomy
  • Atherectomy for Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Atherosclerosis Surgery
  • Carotid Artery Aneurysm Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Carotid-Subclavian Bypass
  • Complex Aorta Surgery
  • Diagnostic Angiography
  • Endovascular Aorta Treatment - Abdominal
  • Endovascular Aorta Treatment - Thoracic
  • Endovascular Repair - Vascular Disease
  • Endovascular Repair Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Endovascular Repair of Renal Artery Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy
  • High Risk Reoperation Surgery
  • IVC Filter Placement
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
  • Sports Cardiology Center
  • Surgery for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery Department
  • Vein Ablation
  • Venous Angioplasty/Stenting
  • Venous Thrombolysis
View all 38 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Adventitial Cystic Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Carotid Artery Aneurysm
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Iliac Artery Aneurysm
  • Iliac Endofibrosis
  • May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS)
  • Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome
  • Renal Artery Aneurysm
  • Renal Artery Disease
  • Visceral Artery Aneurysms
View all 12 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

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

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 7/29/2022, 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 as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • PQ Bypass, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Endologix)
  • VIVA Physicians
  • Penumbra, Inc.

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

215 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
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

48 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr. Leyden is a fabulous doctor. I feel lucky to have him.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr Lyden is clearly the best

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Dr Leyden was very compassionate and sympathetic toward my diagnosis and anxiety. No one looks forward to having surgery and he convinced me not to worry until we get the results back from my second ultrasound.Everything went smoothly-because of a great department leader.From what I could see it's a well organized and efficient department.Being a health care professional I was really impressed.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Dr. Lyden is OUTSTANDING!!! He is one of the BEST in his profession and has the greatest bedside manner I have encountered. I would recommen.d him to all my friends and family.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr Lyden was great and very clear with treatment plan! I especially like that about him.

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Dr. Lyden is a superb, caring physician and a delightful human being!

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

I am grateful that I chose Dr. Lyden I felt and feel I'm in very good hands

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

Truly outstanding physician very understanding kind and consecrated

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Dr Lyden and staff are wonderful and will recommend to anyone.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Courteous staff and very caring doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

I would highly recommend Dr. Lyden!

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Best communication I've ever seen with a doctor and a medical organization

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

I've not had a doctor explain my condition so thoroughly after a full year of trying to treat it. This the first time someone has been extremely confident about it.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Both doctor and na where very easy to talk to and put me at ease.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

The doctor is really awesome. On my next visit I am sure we are all very very in-depth discussion of issues and cures.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Dr staff is too notch

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Dr. Lyden's ability to move quickly without hurrying is impressive and very helpful.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Dr. Lyden is the greatest vascular surgeon in the world! He gave me quality of life and health that I appreciate beyond measure daily! I am the most blessed person and luckiest for him to be my Dr/Physician!! He is with out question the best there is! I consider him like family and I always look forward to seeing him, but he did so well it's now every 3 years!! God Bless him,his family,staff and everyone at the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

Dr Lyden is great, professional, courteous and thorough

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Great doctor made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr Lyden was prepared for my visit and had looked over the records I had sent. He was prepared for my consultation and showed interest in caring for me.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Doctor Lydon is top notch from a professional standpoint as well as from a personal nature. His gets the most gold stars possible.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Doctor Sean P Lyden and his team: heard, identified, understood, and recommended/discussed my condition with the upmost professionalism.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Doctor Sean P Lyden and his staff saved my life. When I first walked into the Clinic, it felt like heaven, it was clean and overall an enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this hospital to anyone needing care.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr. Lyden is one of the most caring doctors I have encountered. On two occasions, he has gone out of his way to schedule me to see another specialist at the Clinic on the same day I saw him, knowing both times that I was flying back home that same day. The first time was in August 2019, when I saw him just a few months after having had a stroke in rural Maine. He was concerned that I had not seen a neurologist in Maine where I had the stroke at my summer home and thus got me in to see a neurologist within several hours after my appointment with Dr. Lyden. The second time was my latest visit when he got me an appointment to see a cardiologist regarding my ascending aortic aneurysm within several hours of seeing Dr. Lyden, knowing I was flying back to Maine that evening.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr. Leyden excellent!

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Absolutely would recommend Dr.Lyden-the care I receive is second to none. I greatly appreciate Dr. Lyden's bedside manner and his concern for me as an individual, not just a patient.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr Lyden and staff on the ball

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr Lyden is exceptional

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

I had an issue that (in my opinion) required immediate attention. Dr. Lyden and his office staff were able to schedule testing and an appointment in reasonable time, and by doing so, may have saved my toe.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr Lyden tells it like it is & we appreciate that.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr. Leyden is at the top of his game and makes me confident of the outcome !

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr Leyden and his team are excellent and very good in all aspects of care !

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Good experience and will continue to treat with Dr Leyden and attend all appts as recommended

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr Leyden and his team were truly caring. I will attend all appts as Dr Leyden recommends

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Dr Lyden is very courteous, professional and caring

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Everything was great DR. Lyden & Staff were very friendly and made you feelVery comfortable.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Lyden has been a very helpful physician for me, who provided information, perspective, peace of mind regarding my infrarenal dissection etc.I am very thankful to have him as my vascular surgeon. I have been a happy patient of the Cleveland Clinic for 10 years, beginning with Dr. Svensson, who preformed the David procedure, and I have seen Dr. Hammer annually, who have not only medically treated me, but also have show compassion and care for me. I am very thankful and I have sent 3 other individuals there for treatment.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Lyden is caring, through and never leaves before all questions are answered. He is a wonderful Physician and person. 12/10 recommend!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

I tell everyone about how amazing CC and Dr Lyden are.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr lyden is a fantastic person who treats me like a person not a number

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

I recommend Dr. Lyden ti all my friends and family who need vascular surgery

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr. Lyden is the best! He changed my life!!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

This is one of several visits I have had with Dr Lyden over the past couple years. He is very good at explaining my condition, at making recommendations for treatment and considering my overall health and my wishes.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Walked into my appointment with no wait. Dr was great, described my problem so that I could understand and clearly explained the solution.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

The fellow that performed HP before dr Lyden came into room was very kind. Knowledgeable of my situation. Bedside manner exveptional

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Didn't know exactly what I was to expect or what I was going to feel during recovery time. Symptoms that I may feel were not discussed to me. I understand that everyone feels things differently, but as least some general feelings that people experience. Other than that the care provider was very concerned and cared about my well being.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr. Lyden did not knock upon entering, I was still getting changed into my gown, and he didn't even apologize or anything for it. He then spent 5-8 minutes with me, did a quick exam and determined I didn't have one particular condition I came to be evaluated for (PAES). He seemed uninterested in discussing other possible causes to my condition within the vascular area and dismissive of my questions of such. We waited months and traveled from out of state the previous day for this appointment (including a hotel stay and finding care for our children while we were away) and felt very letdown by the lack of care we received. The only other option he offered for next steps did not make sense given my symptoms and a doctor I have seen since agrees. I don't mind that he didn't think I have PAES (although I wouldn't have minded having an ultrasound or CT I was scheduled for to be sure - which they canceled and he said I didn't need) but I would have appreciated some care and concern that I have been trying to find answers for 5 years for my symptoms and he could have done more thorough thinking in the vascular area instead of dismissing me since it wasn't the one diagnosis (PAES). The other staff that was with him (NP?) also seemed quite cold when I asked her a question after leaving the room about what he had said.Cleveland Clinic was highly recommended to me and I left with a very sour taste in my mouth of another big institution that does not truly care for the patient and trying to get to the bottom of things that aren't straightforward.

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