Ross Milner, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Ross Milner, MD

Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

My name is Ross Milner and I am a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. My area of expertise is Vascular Surgery with a specific focus on aortic diseases, such as thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection. I have been at UCM for over 10 years and I have been practicing vascular surgery for over 20 years. I am one of the Vice-Chairs in the Department of Surgery with a focus on the operating room and clinical affairs. I serve as Chief of Vascular Surgery.

Vascular surgeons specialize in diseases of the arteries and veins. We are trained in both standard open surgical techniques as well as endovascular techniques. Endovascular techniques utilize wires and catheters to allow for less invasive procedures when appropriate. We literally treat problems from the head to the toe. A unique aspect of vascular surgery is the long-term care that we provide to our patients. This allows for the development of a long-term, unique patient-doctor relationship that is not common in surgical fields.

The University of Chicago has a long-standing history of excellence in Vascular Surgery. Many outstanding vascular surgeons have trained or worked here. Two of the most notable are Dr. Bruce Gewertz and Dr. Chris Zarins. These leaders provided the vision for our present-day vascular group. You may not know that Dr. Gewertz was an advisor to Harrison Ford in the movie, The Fugitive. The surgeon in that movie was a vascular surgeon and the OR scenes were filmed in our old operating rooms.

I am excited to continue the tradition of greatness here as the Chief of Vascular Surgery. We have an amazing group of vascular surgeons at UCM that are committed to the tri-partite mission of the University of Chicago. I really enjoy working here because of this commitment to academic surgery. We are a diverse group of 5 surgeons that are passionate about cutting-edge clinical care, education, and research. I am proud to say that one of our faculty members is an Associate Dean in the Pritzker School of Medicine. Another faculty member is a NIH-funded surgeon scientist. We have national leaders in critical limb-threatening ischemia, aortic diseases, and compression syndromes.

We are committed to providing an outstanding patient care experience and educational environment. Our team of advanced practice providers, nurses, vascular lab technologists, and operating room staff are fantastic. We have multiple practice locations to provide patient care and we continue to grow in the region. Our fellows work with us closely in the inpatient and outpatient environment. Our faculty is annually recognized with teaching awards for our commitment to teaching in the Department of Surgery.

I am excited about the future of UCM Vascular Surgery. We are passionate group of people that will provide outstanding and empathetic patient care; educate our future leaders; and make new discoveries in the research lab.

Ross Milner, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in vascular surgery. He specializes in the treatment of complex aortic diseases.

Dr. Milner has been the primary investigator on numerous endovascular device trials. He is the co-national principal investigator for the GREAT registry. He examined the use of remote pressure sensor monitoring for surveillance after endovascular aortic aneurysm repair as part of a research fellowship that he completed at the University Medical Center of Utrecht as the Marco Polo Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Since that time, he has been involved with many studies that evaluate endovascular devices for both thoracic aortic disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

A dedicated educator and mentor, Dr. Milner teaches medical students, residents and fellows about vascular disease management, including the use of aortic stents. He has received numerous awards for his teaching. In addition, he is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences on vascular surgery and aortic aneurysms. He has been recognized as the first master clinician of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence.

A prolific author, Dr. Milner has written more than 100 abstracts and manuscripts, as well as more than 20 reviews and chapters in leading textbooks on endovascular therapies. In addition, he serves on the editorial board for several prominent scientific journals, including The European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vascular Disease Management, and Endovascular Today, and reviews manuscripts for inclusion in many peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Board Certifications

  • Vascular Surgery
  • Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society
  • Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society
  • Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery
  • Agnew Surgery Society
  • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Georgia Surgical Society
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Association of VA Surgeons

Practicing Since

  • 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


  • University of Pennsylvania Health System


  • University of Pennsylvania Health System


  • University of Pennsylvania Health System

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