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Gilbert R Upchurch Jr., MD

Department: Surgery Division: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Title: Professor ABMS Certification: The American Board of Surgery Surgery Vascular Surgery Other Appointment: Division Chief, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

Contact Information

Primary Location:
Heart and Vascular Center
Second Floor 1215 Lee St. Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.243.6333 | Fax: 434.243.9430 Other Locations:
Vascular Surgery Clinic
Diagnostic Vascular Laboratory
UVA Specialty Care Augusta Cardiology and Vascular


Armed with a background of trying to provide excellent clinical care for patients with aortic aneurysms, balanced with an intellectual interest in the basic science of understanding the aortic aneurysm pathogenesis, Dr. Upchurch has spent his academic career dedicated to the study of aortic aneurysm disease. Clinically, he has an active practice in both open and endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). He has been a part of well over 15 clinical trials examining various aspects of treating patients with aortic aneurysms with novel endovascular and pharmacologic therapies. For example, he received GCRC funding to examine the role of Doxycycline in inhibiting AAA growth in patients with non-operable AAAs. Concurrently, he has had a very active basic science laboratory which has received NIH funding on both the K and R levels over the last 10 years. This balance of clinical and basic interests has resulted in him being the editor on two books completely dedicated to aortic aneurysms, as well as editing a series on aortic aneurysms in a high impact journal. He is also the chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

Learn more about Dr. Gilbert Upchurch (video).


  • 2011-2016 Best Doctors in America® List
  • 2010 America's Top Surgeons
  • 2006 Hour Detroit Magazine TOP DOCS
  • 2005-2008 Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Advisor
  • 2005 Winner William W. Coon Award- Teaching Award Given by General Surgery Residents
  • 2005 Winner Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences
  • 2004 Senior Award: Clinical faculty member who, in the opinion of the graduating class, has best upheld the ideals of medical education 


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