Dr. Luis R Leon Jr. attended the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University in Lima, Peru, obtaining his medical degree in 1996. He received surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and San Joaquin General Hospital in California, from 1997 to 2003. In addition, Dr. Leon completed a Vascular and Endovascular Fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, in 2005. He has been certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General and Vascular Surgery. He has been a Registered Vascular Technologist since 2004 and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2008. Dr. Leon served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, from 2005 until 2008. During his tenure at the VA hospital, he belonged to several committees, including the Research and Development, Limb Preservation and Peer Review Committees.
Dr. Leon has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 10 book chapters. He has presented over 30 abstracts and given over 200 lectures both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery and other peer-reviewed Journals. He is a member of several professional societies, including The Society for Vascular Surgery, the American Venous Forum and the International Society for Vascular Surgery. Within these societies, he has served on committees including the American Venous Registry (AVR) – Venous Stent Committee and is a member of several industry-advisory boards. His academic productivity has earned him awards including the Charles C. Guthrie Award from the Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society (2004) and the prestigious E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship Award from the American Vascular Association (2007). His productivity earned him a tenure-eligible Associate Professor of Surgery position at the University of Arizona, a post he has held since April 2008.
He is currently a Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at Tucson Medical Center (TMC). He was the Elected Chief of the Vascular and Endovascular Section at his current institution, position that he filled from January 2011 until January 2013. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a current member of the Adjunct Faculty Clinical Associate Professor of the Division of Clinical Education of the Andrew Taylor Still University (ATSU), School of Osteopathic Medicine of Arizona, and he is a co-owner of Pima Vascular.
He has a strong interest in both the research and clinical aspects of carotid, aortic, peripheral arterial and venous disease.
Luis Leon, MD is a paid consultant of AngioDynamics, Inc.