Faculty Profile

Katherine E. Hekman, MD, PhD

Katherine E. Hekman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine




Vascular Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Katherine Hekman earned her bachelor's degree at Johns Hopkins University, followed by her MD and PhD at the University of Chicago. She then completed her vascular surgery residency at Northwestern University in 2021. She has also earned certification in interpreting vascular ultrasound (RPVI).

Dr. Hekman runs a basic science laboratory with a primary research focus on stem cell-based regenerative medicine for treating vascular disease. Her clinical research interests include reducing surgical site infections, optimizing the care of venous thromboembolism, and promoting wellness in surgical training.

Her clinical practice includes the vascular surgery services at Emory University Hospital and the Atlanta VA Healthcare System.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Atlanta VA Healthcare System

  • Emory Clinic


  • MD, The University of Chicago Ptrizker School of Medicine, Class of 2014

  • PhD, Pathology/Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine, The University of Chicago, Class of 2012

  • Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2014-2021

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society

  • Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Society for Vascular Surgery

  • Georgia Vascular Surgery Society

Honors and Awards

  • Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) Trainee Award, 2020

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Northwestern University Chapter, 2018

  • Excellence in Vascular Research Award, American College of Surgeons, 2018

  • Fall Courses Travel Grant Recipient, Association for Academic Surgeons, 2017

Clinical Interests

  • Endovascular and minimally invasive surgical techniques

  • Aortic aneurysm and dissection

  • Cerebrovascular disease and stroke prevention

  • Dialysis access and maintenance

  • Peripheral arterial disease

  • Venous disease

Research Interests

  • Stem cell-based regenerative medicine for treating vascular disease

  • Venous thromboembolism