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Christopher Smolock, MD


Christopher Smolock, MD
Department: Vascular Surgery
Associate Staff
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code H32
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Christopher J. Smolock, MD, FACS, is a vascular surgeon in the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He practices at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and at Fairview Hospital. Dr. Smolock is an Assistant Professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is board-certified in vascular surgery and general surgery.

Specialty/Clinical interests: Carotid endarterectomy, carotid stenting, IVC filter removal, aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, aortoiliac occlusive disease, mesenteric arterial disease, lower extremity arterial disease, open, minimally invasive and medical treatment options

Number of Procedures Performed: Dr. Smolock performs approximately 400 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 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. Smolock earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a fellowship in vascular surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. He was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2012

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Smolock has published numerous articles in leading medical journals about vascular disease treatment. He has been an invited speaker at national professional meetings, including the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society, American Venous Forum, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery and American College of Surgeons.

About Dr. Smolock: “Vascular disease affects the entire patient and person, not just one blood vessel or body part. I enjoy this specialty because I am able to treat a person with vascular disease medically or with a minimally invasive or surgical intervention. I am able to follow my patients’ progress and help maintain their vascular health over the course of a long-term relationship.”

Leisure time activities: In his leisure time, Dr. Smolock enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, dining and traveling.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Methodist Hospital
Vascular Surgery
Houston, TX USA
Residency - University of Rochester Medical Center
General Surgery
Rochester, NY USA
Research Fellowship - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
General Surgery / Surgical Research
Philadelphia, PA USA
Internship - Drexel University College of Medicine
General Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA
Medical School - Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA USA
Undergraduate - Villanova University
Villanova, PA USA


  • Surgery
  • Surgery- Vascular Surgery

Specialty Interests

Vascular and endovascular surgery, aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, aortoiliac occlusive disease, carotid endarterectomy, carotid stenting, IVC filter removal, mesenteric arterial disease, lower extremity arterial disease, open, minimally invasive and medical treatment options


  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society
  • Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society
  • Eastern Vascular Society
  • Society of Vascular Medicine
  • International Society of Endovascular Specialists

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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