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Christopher (Chris) John Kwolek, MD

  • Former Vascular and Endovascular Training Program Director- MGH
  • Former Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery - NWH
  • Chairman, Department of Surgery, Newtopn Wellesley Hospital


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Dr. Kwolek serves as a senior vascular surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital  and as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. He is recognized by Castle and Connolly and Boston Magazine as one of America's and Boston's Top Doctors for the past 14 years.


Vascular & Endovascular Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Vascular Center

Clinical Interests
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting/carotid endarterectomy
  • Peripheral Thrombolysis and Angioplasty
  • Endovascular surgery
  • Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Renal and Visceral Artery Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Aortic dissection
  • IVC filter placement and retrieval
  • Venous and arterial thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Visceral and renal artery aneurysms
  • Lower extremity angioplasty and atherectomy
Medical Education
  • MD, UC San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Arizona Heart Institute
Board Certifications
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Kwolek graduated from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School in 1987. He completed his general surgery training at the Harvard/Deaconess Surgical Service in 1993, his Vascular Surgery fellowship at the MGH in 1995 and an advanced endovascular fellowship at the Arizona Heart Institute. After serving on the faculty at the University of Kentucky as the Chief of Vascular Surgery and the training program director, he was recruited back to the MGH in 1992. He  served as the Director of the Vascular and Endovascular Training program at the MGH and as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital until 2016 when Dr. Kwolek  was recruited to become the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital while maintaining a complex vascular surgery practice at the MGH. Dr. Kwolek is involved in numerous clinical trials to evaluate new treatments and devices for the management of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, aortic dissection, carotid artery disease and lower extremity arterial disease. He serves as the MGH site principal investigator (PI) for many of these trials and as the national PI on an aortic aneurysm trial and a carotid angioplasty and stenting trial. He also serves as a reviewer for multiple medical journals and on the editorial board for the Journal of Endovascular Therapy. He is highly sought after as an invited speaker at numerous National and International Vascular Conferences and has authored over 100 manuscripts/book chapters and monographs related to vascular and endovascular disease management. Dr. Kwolek completed the executive Masters in Business Administration program from the Massachusetts Institutue of Technology / Sloan School of Management with an additional certificate in Healthcare in 2019.

Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Kwolek has been involved with numerous FDA approved clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new devices and techniques for the management patients with complex vascular problems. He has served as the MGH site principal investigator for trials involving Thoracic aortic stent grafting for the repair of degenerative aneurysms, aortic dissection and traumatic injury to the thoracic aorta. He is currently serving as the site principal investigator to evaluate new fenestrated stent grafts for treating complex abdominal aortic aneurysms and serves as the National Co-principal investigator for the Terumo Anaconda Infrarenal stent graft trial. He has been the MGH principal investigator for several trials involving carotid angioplasty and stenting and will serve as the National Co-Principal Investigator for a new carotid stent trial using proximal flow reversal, Dr. Kwolek has also been involved as the MGH PI for lower extremity angioplasty and stenting trials using plain and drug eluting stents and is leading the research effort to evaluate mechanical atherectomy for the treatment of lower extremity arterial disease.

Dr. Kwolek's other interests include the use of intravascular ultrasound for the management of aortic dissection and other acute vascular problems, placement and retrieval of temporary IVC filters for the management of venous thrombosis, and the management of venous and arterial thoracic outlet syndrome.

Select Publications:

  • Kwolek CJ. Has carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS) replaced carotid endarterectomy (CEA) as the treatment of choice for Carotid disease? Pro. J Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2009;23(2):245-
  • Cambria RP, Crawford RS, Cho JS, Bavaria J, Farber M, Lee WA, Ramaiah V, Kwolek CJ.  A multicenter clinical trial of endovascular stent graft repair of acute catastrophes of the descending thoracic aorta.  J Vasc Surg 2009;50:1255-64
  • Kwolek CJ, Watkins MT. The INvestigation of STEnt Grafts in Aortic Dissection (INSTEAD) trial: the need for ongoing analysis. Circulation 2009; 120(25):2513-4
  • Kwolek CJ, Jaff MR, Leal JI, Hopkins LN, Shah R, Hanover TM, Macdonald S, Cambria RP. Results of the ROADSTER multicenter trial of transcarotid stenting with dynamic flow reversal. J Vasc Surg, 2015;62(5):1227-34.
  • Kwolek CJ. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Endovascular Management, In Eds. Lillemoe K. . DeMoya, House, Hutter, Clinical Decision Support in Surgery., 2016, Wilmington, DE, Decision Support in Medicine, LLC.
  • Wang L, Kwolek CJ. Carotid Artery Stent/Neck Approach/Difficult Arch. In Eds. Upchurch G, Henke P. Clinical Scenarios in Vascular Surgery, 2015, Philadelphia,Wolters Kluwer

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Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-724-6101
Fax: 617-643-0418

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