Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

The Section of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is dedicated to the treatment of all aspects of vascular disease for Kentucky and surrounding areas.  The section has been led by Dr. Eric Endean since 1997.  Dr. Endean has been faculty at the University of Kentucky since 1988, and he is a national expert in mesenteric occlusive disease and surgical education.

The Section of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery provides comprehensive care for patients with arterial and venous disease. We offer the full spectrum of diagnostic, endovascular, and surgical procedures including:

  • Non-invasive vascular laboratory testing

  • Modern 3D vascular imaging techniques

  • Aortic aneurysms

  • Arterial occlusive disease of the carotid, renal/mesenteric and lower extremity arteries

  • Cerebrovascular disease

  • Complex aneurysm disease

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Varicose veins

Aortic Pathology
The Aortic Center at UK performs the largest number of complex thoracic, thoracoabdominal, and abdominal aortic aneurysms and dissections in Kentucky and surrounding areas.  Dr. Eric Endean is the Director of the Aortic Center at UK. Dr. David Minion is an innovator in minimally invasive endovascular techniques for aortic surgery, and he is a highly sought after speaker for national and international conferences.

Peripheral Arterial Disease
We provide comprehensive care for peripheral arterial disease through a multi-disciplinary approach. We provide the best most cutting edge treatments available including: medical therapy, health plan covered supervised exercise therapy, and smoking cessation specialists. Additionally, we offer comprehensive revascularization with a personalized approach of minimally invasive endovascular therapy or open surgery to reach our patients' treatment goals.

Surgical Education
At the University of Kentucky our General Surgery residents rotate on the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Service during the PGY-1, PGY-3 and PGY-5 years, gaining graduated experience in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Residents perform in excess of 50 major vascular operations as primary surgeon including carotid, aortic, and lower extremity revascularizations. In addition, residents have the opportunity to be involved with diagnostic and therapeutic angiograms under the direction of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery faculty. Further advanced training in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is offered through an ACGME-approved fellowship. The fellowship is two years in duration. The first year focuses primarily on open vascular surgical reconstructions, while the second year includes intensive endovascular experience and training in the non-invasive Vascular Laboratory.

Link to UK Vascular Surgery Fellowship Page

Vascular Surgery Research
The Section of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is dedicated to advancing the field of vascular and endovascular surgery through publications and leadership positions in regional, national, and international vascular surgery societies.  We have a very productive research staff and statistical resources for clinical research.  We also work in close collaboration with the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center at the Gill Heart & Vascular Center.

 Our Faculty

Joseph Bobadilla

Joseph Bobadilla, MD
Associate Professor - Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
Medical Director - Kentucky Clinic General Surgery Clinics
Director - Clinical Decision Support - UK HealthCare




Faculty Awards:
2015 UK Healthcare Quality & Safety - Rising Star Award.
2016 UK HealthCare Executive Healthcare Leadership - Process Improvement, Value Mapping Award

Eric Endean

Eric Endean, MD

The Gordon L. Hyde Endowed Professor and Chair in Vascular Surgery
Professor - Department of Surgery
Section Chief - Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Faculty Awards:
2015 Richard W. Schwartz Award

David Minion

David Minion, MD

Professor - Department of Surgery
Program Director - Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship

Nathan Orr, MD

Nathan Orr, MD

Assistant Professor - Department of Surgery
Associate Program Director - Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship
Medical Director  - Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory
Medical Director - Wound Clinic

Faculty Awards:
2017 Department of Surgery Faculty Teaching Award

Mary Sheppard


Mary B. Sheppard, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Sam Tyagi

Sam Tyagi, MD
Assistant Professor - Department of Surgery
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Section

Eleftherios Xenos

Eleftherios Xenos, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer - UK HealthCare
Professor - Department of Surgery
Medical Director - Patient Safety
Assistant Medical Director - Utilization Review / Documentation Integrity

Faculty Awards:
2014 Recipient of the American College of Surgery/Society of Vascular Surgery Health Policy/Management Scholarship.