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Dr. Charles Leithead is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in French at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He completed an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Leithead treats a wide variety of vascular conditions including aneurysms, carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, DVT (blood clots), spider veins and varicose veins with both open surgery and minimally invasive procedures. He is the Medical Director of The Ochsner Vein Clinic. He has both a clinical and research interest in limb salvage. Dr. Leithead was awarded his Physician in Vascular Interpretation certification by the Alliance for Certification and Advancement.

During his residency, he received the William D. Jordan, Jr. Award of Excellence and Integrity. Dr. Leithead was awarded the Ochsner Medical School Teaching Excellence Award for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Leithead was also a nominee for Teacher of the Year. He was one of four finalists for the Ochsner Health System Physician of the Year.

Dr. Leithead loves being a vascular surgeon because he has a passion for vascular surgery and treating patients from head to toe. He enjoys individualizing each patient's care, assuring they receive the best treatment for their particular need, with or without a surgical intervention. It brings joy to Dr. Leithead to improve his patients' quality of life and to always be there for his patients. Dr. Leithead treats his patients like family.

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Medical Education

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans


University of Alabama at Birmingham - GME
Field of Study: Vascular Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery