Faculty Profile

Luke Brewster, MD

Luke P. Brewster, MD, PhD, MA, RVT

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Section Chief, Vascular Surgery, Atlanta VA Healthcare System




General Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Brewster's clinical practice is focused on general vascular surgery and peripheral arterial disease. As a surgeon-scientist, his joint affiliations with the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech/Emory have given him access to an exceptional pool of collaborators, and he has received a steady stream of various federal, foundation, and industry grants. His laboratory focuses on investigations of the biomechanical mechanisms that contribute to pathologic vessel remodeling in peripheral vascular disease, develops regenerative strategies for use in ischemic tissue, and works to improve the function of patients who succumb to major amputation.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • Atlanta VA Healthcare System


  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Distinction in Research, 1997-2001

  • Internship and Junior Residency, General Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), 2001-2003

  • Senior Residency and Chief Resident, General Surgery, LUMC, 2006-2009

  • MA, Bioethics and Health Policy, Neiswanger Institute, LUMC, 2003-2005

  • PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, LUMC, 2004-2006

  • Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2009-2011

Honors and Awards

  • Alan T. Hirsch MidCareer Award in Vascular Medicine, Council on PVD, American Heart Association, 2022

  • Jay D. Coffman Early Career Investigator Award, Council on PVD, American Heart Association, 2014

  • Inducted into the 1% Club of Emory University, which recognizes faculty whose NIH proposals have been ranked in the top 1% or more by NIH reviewers, 2014

  • Travel Award, Society of Developmental Biology, 2010

  • Travel Award, American Heart Association, Council on PVD, 2010

  • Academic Chief Resident, Department of Surgery Loyola University Medical Center, 2008-2009

  • Finalist (one of ten), Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons, 2007, 2008

  • 1st Place, Academic Debates, American Liver Foundation, Illinois Chapter, 2007

  • Department of Surgery Service Award, Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Surgery, 2007-2009

  • Kamangar Ethics Award, Washington University, Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Value, 2008-2009

  • Best Poster Award, Association of VA Surgeons, 2005   

  • 2nd Place, Student Presentation Prize, Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology (SVMT), 2005

  • Lifeline Resident Research Prize, American Vascular Association/Society for Vascular Surgery, 2005

  • Young Investigator Award, International Society of Applied Cardiovascular Biology, 2004

Current Editorial Boards

  • Scientific Reports

  • Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • American Medical Association 

  • American Venous Forum

  • Association of Academic Surgery 

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • International Society Applied Cardiovascular Biology

  • International Surgical Society (Junior Member)

  • North American Vascular Biology Organization

  • Society for Vascular Medicine

  • Society of VA Surgeons 

  • Society for Vascular Surgery: Distinguished Fellow

  • Society of University Surgeons

  • Society of Vascular Ultrasound

  • Southern Association Vascular Surgeons

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society

Clinical Interests

  • Novel vascular grafts

  • Carotid artery disease

  • Stroke

  • Limb salvage

Research Interests

  • Biomechanical mechanisms that contribute to pathologic vessel remodeling in peripheral vascular disease

  • Development of regenerative strategies for use in ischemic tissue

  • Working to improve the function of patients who succumb to major amputation