Faculty Profile

Luke Brewster, MD

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

Primary Appointment

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

Joint and Secondary Appointments

Staff Scientist, Emory 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, Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech/Emory

Clinical Appointments

Medical Director, Vascular Laboratory, Division of Vascular Surgery

Section Chief, Vascular Surgery, Atlanta VA Medical Center




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 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 biomechanical mechanisms that contribute to pathologic arterial remodeling in peripheral arterial disease, developing regenerative strategies for use in ischemic tissue, and working to improve the function of patients who have undergone major amputation.

Through his joint affiliations with the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech/Emory, Dr. Brewster has access to an exceptional pool of collaborators, and has received a steady stream of various federal, foundation, and industry grants. His recent studies have included investigations of the molecular process of disturbed flow in arterial stiffening and evaluations of types of medical imaging as decision support tools in assessing fibrosis and sarcopenia in 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, Peripheral Vascular Disease Council

  • American Medical Association

  • American Diabetes Association

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Association of VA Surgeons

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • International Society for Vascular Surgery

  • International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology

  • International Society of Surgery

  • North American Vascular Biology Organization

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society

  • Society for Vascular Surgery

  • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Novel vascular grafts

  • Carotid artery disease

  • Stroke

  • Limb salvage

Research Interests

  • Characterization of the blood vessel wall's deformity in diseased states and how this impacts both surgical and endovascular therapies

  • Improvement of the angiogenic capacity of adipose-tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells for the purpose of saving ischemic limbs

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