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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
  • 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
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Surgery
  • Sports Cardiology Center
  • Thrombolytic Therapy for Venous Disease
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery Department
  • Vein Ablation
  • Venous Angioplasty
  • Venous Stents
View all 38 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

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 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:

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

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

337 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

68 Patient Comments

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 .

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2023

Dr Sean Lyden is a superb surgeon who provides excellent continuum of care!!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2023

Dr Lyden was very professional, caring and knowledgeable when discussing my health issue. I would highly recommend Dr Lyden to anyone seeking needing Vascular surgery or diagnostic evaluation

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2023

Excellent doctor. Very pleased with him explaining everything in detail.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

Dr. Lyden really listens to your problems has the best bestside manner. I wouldn't ever go to another vascular doctor. Every surgery every visit was excellent. Dr. Lyden nurses are just as equal. I recommend his to others any chance I get.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

I recommend Dr. Lyden as much as possible

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

I will recommend Dr. Lyden and his team to anyone who is in need of excellent vascular diagnosis, care and treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2023

Dr. Lyden took the time to thoroughly explain everything to my daughter and me, answer questions about tests and treatments, and listen to concerns. He did a great job!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr. Sean Leyden is exemplary of the Cleveland Clinic's reputation of excellent medical/surgical service in a most caring setting

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr. Lyden , Fantastic is the best

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Excellent care, friendly courteous staff, great physician.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

We had an excellent experience during our visit with Dr Lyden and his team.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr. Lyden was prompt, friendly, extremely thorough, and went beyond simple answers when I asked questions. Very reassuring. Made the flight from Atlanta Georgia very worthwhile.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr.Lyden and staff were very professional and friendly, they made me feel comfortable and relaxed.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

My care provider was wonderful. I would recommend him to everyone I know!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr Lyden is a superb surgeon!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr Lyden, was EXCELLENT. Very knowledgeable and informative.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022


Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

You should be very proud of him and his treatment. I respect him very much.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

I can not thank Dr. Lyden enough for the gift of his care and surgical expertise. In 2019, a rare vascular condition resulted in ischemia of my lower leg. I am certain that I have my leg today because of his dedication and skill. Dr. Lyden (and Dr. Hardy who assisted him) deeply affected my life and surgical outcome. I am now a medical student and hope to one day impact others and the medical profession in a similar manner. He is an inspiration.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

I had a great experience at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr Lyden is both professional and personable. He interpreted my MRI more thoroughly than other surgeons and determined that I didn't need surgery at this time. Dr Lyden is a treasure to humanity, the Cleveland Clinic is a treasure to humanity. They care for you and about you and they have a stellar reputation for this reason. Great people great place. Five stars.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

I had no one on one time with Dr. Lyden. The room was full of students and I got no time to ask any questions, he was monitoring the student on computer most of the time. My exam was extremely limited.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

We have been seeing Dr. Lyden for at least 15 years. He is knowledgeable and professional. We would not have the faith or trust in another doctor as we do Dr. Lyden.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

Great Doctor explains things well

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Lyden was very knowledgeable and took his time talking with me. I can hardly wait for him to read over the Disk I sent so he can diagnose why my right leg behind my knee has been hurting me for over a year.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Dr. And his Staff Excellent

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr Lyden. He's exceptional. He always makes me feel so at ease. Very professional & knowledgeable. I would not see anyone but him for my care. I feel I was personally blessed when I was referred to him in 2019 and will drive the 7 hrs for follow up yearly without any complaints.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Excellent facility. Would go no where else for my care. I feel so safe under Dr Lydens care.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Can't brag enough of how knowledgeable Dr. Lyden was, when he came in to see me he told me my medical history. He came in the room while do testing and was available for me after my testing. Very impressed by his knowledge!

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Dr Lydon is the best, that's why I continue to come there. Best treatment in world #1.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Love Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Lydon

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Dr Lyden is dept chair and has a hectic schedule. He is an outstanding physician

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Dr Lyden is great

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Dr. Leyden always inspires confidence.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

*Dr. Lyden saw me Monday September 26th and scheduled my surgery that Friday Sept. 30th. He was very concerned about my right carotid artery and took care of the problem!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

*Dr. Lyden's beside manner is top notch. His staff are all attentive and explain things very well.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Dr Lyden is great. Very concerned, straight forward and easy to understand

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Dr. Lyden is very caring, friendly, and respectful.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Great experience!!!! Dr. Lyden was extremely friendly and took his time with me.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Dr. Lyden was a great guy!!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

I wanted a lot more information about the nature of my situation, prognosis, and options going forward; the doctor seemed rushed and unwilling to give me the time and information that I needed. I disagree with his final assessment.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Excellent doctor.

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