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Andrew Hoel MD appointed Director of the Vascular Surgery Outcomes and Quality Improvement for the Division of Vascular Surgery

On September 1, 2014, Dr. Andrew Hoel was appointed the Director of Vascular Surgery Outcomes and Quality Improvement for the Division of Vascular Surgery.  In this role, Dr. Hoel will be responsible for elevating the division’s already high standards of excellence in patient care. In addition to developing cogent patient care strategies for the division’s most commonly encountered clinical scenarios, he is actively involved with local, regional and national quality improvement efforts through the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative. This work culminates in increased awareness of patient outcomes within the division through a bi-weekly Quality Improvement review and provides opportunities for faculty and trainees to integrate quality improvement efforts into their daily practice. 

Dr. Kibbe becomes editor-in-chief of JAMA Surgery

 Melina Kibbe, M.D. has accepted the position of editor-in-chief of the JAMA Surgery journal.  She will take on this new role beginning January, 2015.

John J. Bergan, M.D., 1927-2014

Dr. BerganJohn J. Bergan, M.D., a pioneering vascular surgeon and the first Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern, died on June 11th, 2014.  Dr. Bergan’s illustrious career spanned more than 50 years.  He completed his residency at Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital in 1959 and began his medical career as a clinical assistant in surgery at Northwestern University Medical School.  He rose through the ranks at Northwestern and served as the chief of the Division of Transplantation at Northwestern University Medical School from 1969 to 1976.  When the Division of Vascular Surgery was formed in 1976, Dr. Bergan was appointed as the first division chief (1976-1988).  Along with Dr. James Yao, Dr. Bergan established one of the earliest clinical vascular fellowship programs in 1976 at Northwestern.  This fellowship program was the genesis for many future leaders of vascular surgery.  In 1989, Dr. Bergan left Northwestern for southern California where he concentrated on developing clinical and basic research in venous disease.

Dr. Bergan was instrumental in founding  and developing many new societies and publications, including Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society.  He also participated in the development of many practice guidelines including a method for data retrieval using computer programming and guidelines for venous disease diagnosis and treatment.  He served as president of numerous societies, including the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American Venous Forum, American Venous Forum Foundation, Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, European-American Venous Symposium, Gulf Coast Vascular Society, Chicago Surgical Society, Lymphedema Association of North America, and Southern California Vascular Surgical Society. 

 In his career, he authored and co-authored more than 750 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, scientific reports, editorials, and book chapters, as well as editing over 35 books.  He was invited to speak to professional audiences all over the world and received numerous national and international honors and awards, including the Rovsing Silver Medal from the Danish Surgical Society, Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Endovascular Surgery.

Dr. Bergan was a world renowned leader and contributor to the field of Vascular Surgery.  He was a prolific scholar, tireless investigator, eloquent speaker, and dedicated educator.  When asked what was the most rewarding experience in his long, successful career, Dr. Bergan responded “to teach”.  We are truly grateful for all that he has contributed and he will be sorely missed. 

The Memorial and Celebration of Dr. Bergan's life will be held on July 7, 2014, 4:00pm, at the Chicago Yacht Club - Belmont at the Lake (not the Monroe Street clubhouse).  If you are able to attend, please send a note to so that plans can be made accordingly since space may be limited.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Bergan’s family has asked that you please make a contribution to the 

John J. Bergan, MD Lectureship 

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Address: 420 E. Superior Street

Rubloff Building, 9th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60611

If you would like to leave a message for Dr. Bergan’s family or share a remembrance of him, you may do so at


Mark Eskandari, MD

Read a message from the chief, Mark Eskandari, MD


The Division of Vascular Surgery provides care to patients with diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymphatic vessels. Resources include comprehensive ultrasound imaging and blood flow analysis techniques. The division has strong clinical, research, and education operations.

  • Vascular Surgery Contact Info

Chief: Mark Eskandari, MD

Administrative Contact: Janet Goldstein
676 N. St. Clair St., Ste. 650
Phone: 312-926-7775


This page last updated Oct 17, 2014

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