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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 Center for Cardiovascular Biology

Clinical Appointments
– Medical Director, Vascular Laboratory, Division of Vascular Surgery
– Director, Surgical Ethics Curriculum, Department of Surgery

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General Surgery, Vascular Surgery

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Dr. Brewster's PhD work involved the development and characterization of designer growth factors that could sterically bind to sites of vascular injury as they maintained a regenerative effect on the surrounding tissue, while his MA focused on evaluating the patient perspective towards autonomy after severe burn injury and liver transplantation. He is a registered vascular technician with an interest in utilization of ultrasound technologies to limit radiation exposure to patients; has experience with the creation and validation of a number of surgery educational modules for the evaluation of trainee interpersonal, communication and technical skills; and has published the first surveys and evaluations of the exposure of surgical residents to clinical ethics scenarios and their subsequent understanding of these constructs.

His 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 translational research involves the characterization of the blood vessel wall's deformity in diseased states and how this impacts both surgical and endovascular therapies. The goal of this work is to better refine therapies for application to diseased arterial conditions.

In 2012, the American Heart Association awarded a National Center Research Program Innovative Research Grant to Dr. Brewster to support his project to improve the angiogenic capacity of adipose-tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells for the purpose of saving ischemic limbs. The study involves the culturing of cells harvested from ischemic limbs that required amputation. In 2014, he received an NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development K08 Award to fund "Molecular Mechanisms of Disturbed Flow in Arterial Stiffening," a study which seeks to design strategies that limit arterial stiffening and pathologic remodeling as well as promote tissue regeneration for the prevention of major amputation. Several months later, Dr. Brewster received an additional K08 from the SVS Foundation/American College of Surgeons that provided matching funds for the study. At the close of 2014, Dr. Brewster was inducted into Emory’s 1% Club, which acknowledges faculty whose NIH proposals have been ranked in the top 1% or more in the last six years by NIH reviewers.



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