Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Division Chief's Message

Welcome to the website of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery.

The mission of the division is to bring together individuals who have basic and clinical research interest and expertise in vascular disease to create novel treatments and prevention programs to detect and treat vascular disease. Our goal is to reduce the mortality and disability from vascular disease through patient care, research, and education

The division teaches a full range of open and minimally invasive catheter-based endovascular surgical procedures. The faculty of the division are nationally and internationally recognized in the field of vascular surgery and are participating in several national trials studying stent and stent graft technology to treat thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms. In addition, the Division directs the Vascular Laboratory, established by James Yao, MD, PhD, which provides noninvasive testing to patients with suspected vascular disease and was one of the first of its kind in the United States. The research program of the division includes studies on pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysms, the role of nitric oxide in intimal hyperplasia, and the development of novel vascular grafts.

The Northwestern Vascular Surgery Fellowship program was established in 1973 by Drs. James Yao and John Bergan and is one of the premiere vascular surgery training programs in the country. Over 50 vascular surgeons from the United States and other countries have completed our program and have become international leaders in vascular surgery. In addition to the fellowship program, Northwestern's Division of Vascular Surgery trains surgeons in the use of the latest surgical and endovascular techniques and devices. We also regularly host observers from around the world through an international visiting surgeon program.

Thank you for your interest in our division. We invite you to contact us with your comments and questions.

Mark Eskandari, MD

Mark Eskandari, MD
James S. T. Yao Professor of Vascular Surgery
Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
Department of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine