Mark Eskandari

Chief of Vascular Surgery, NMH

Mark K. Eskandari, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the System Chief (2010) and Program Director (2005) of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern Medicine. He is a Professor of Surgery, Radiology, and Medical Education and the first recipient of The James S.T. Yao, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Vascular Surgery endowed chair (2010). Dr. Eskandari is a board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeon with a particular interest in endovascular therapies and stent technology. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute (BCVI), Co-Director of the Thoracic Aortic Program, Medical Director of the Blood Flow Laboratory at both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, and as the Medical Director of the Carotid Stenting Program (ICACSF).

His current clinical research endeavors include clinical trials investigating the use of stent grafts for the treatment of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, carotid stent systems for stroke prevention, and lower extremity endovascular interventions for limb preservation. An internationally recognized expert in carotid artery stenting and aortic aneurysm stent grafting, he has served as course director for several national carotid stenting and aortic stent grafting training programs for other physicians. He is also a co-author of the national societal practice guidelines for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms and carotid artery occlusive disease. With a bibliography including over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts/book chapters, as well as over 200 local, national, and international presentations on the treatment of vascular disease, Dr. Eskandari has served as the Associate Editor for the Yearbook of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, Journal of Interventional Radiology, and Annals of Vascular Surgery. He is a Founding Member of the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC), served as the Northwestern Department of Surgery ACS-NSQIP Surgeon Champion, and currently is the Program Director (2016) for the Vascular Surgery Scientist Training (T-32) grant. A dedicated educator, Dr. Eskandari has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research, excellence in teaching at Northwestern University, the Lifeline Foundation’s Wylie Fellowship award, and the NMFF Physician Clinical Excellence Award for Clinical Innovation.

Originally from Michigan, Dr. Eskandari completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Michigan. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and his Vascular /Endovascular Surgery fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is board-certified in both General and Vascular Surgery and also sees patients at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Hospital.