Faculty Profile

Luke Brewster, MD

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

Primary Appointment

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

Joint and Secondary Appointments

Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Staff Scientist, Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Scientific Advisory Committee Member, Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Program Faculty, Bioengineering Program, Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Faculty, Emory Children's Heart Research and Outcomes Center

Program Faculty, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory Biomedical Engineering Program

Clinical Appointments

Medical Director, Vascular Laboratory, Division of Vascular Surgery

Academic Telephone: 404.727.8329

Clinical Telephone: 404.778.3712

Email: lbrewst@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2011


Dr. Brewster's clinical practice is focused on general vascular surgery with a clinical research interest in the use of ultrasound to diagnose and treat vascular disease, the patient and surgeon perspective in surgical decision-making, selection and outcomes of carotid artery stenosis therapy, and optimal therapy for limb salvage. His lab is investigating the role of arterial stiffness in arterial remodeling after interventions and the regenerative opportunities of biologic therapies in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Through his joint affiliations with the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology's Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, and GA Tech's Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Dr. Brewster has access to an exceptional pool of collaborators.

Dr. Brewster's current studies include an NIH-NHLBI funded examination of the molecular mechanisms involved in arterial stiffening through blood flow and arterial wall changes, and a DoD funded study of Raman spectroscopy and 3D imaging as decision support tools in the assessment of neuronal fibrosis and sarcopenia in veterans and combat casualty amputees.


  • Inpatient: Emory University Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Atlanta VA Medical Center

  • Outpatient: The Emory Clinic


  • 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

  • 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

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Surgical Research

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • American Heart Association: Member, Cardiovascular Surgery & Anesthesia; Early Career Committee of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Council; Fellows in Training Program Committee; PAD in Women Working Group; Member Communications Committee

  • American Medical Association: Society for Vascular Surgery delegate to the AMA-YFS

  • American Diabetes Association

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Association of VA Surgeons, Research Committee

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • International Society for Vascular Surgery

  • International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology

  • International Surgery Society (Junior Member)

  • North American Vascular Biology Organization: Membership Committee

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (formerly PVSS)

  • Society for Vascular Surgery: Student and Resident Mentor; Research and Education Committee

  • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Novel vascular grafts

  • Carotid artery disease

  • Stroke

  • Limb salvage

Research Interests

  • Investigations of the mechanisms of arteriosclerosis or stiffening of the arterial blood vessels

  • Evaluation of the potency of mesenchymal stem cells under ischemic conditions

  • Development of therapeutics to restore function and arterial hysteresis to patients with peripheral arterial disease using in vivo and ex vivo systems