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Dr. Henning Arthur Gaissert, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Mass General Hospital; Blake 1570/ Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert is a physician who specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gaissert include esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaissert accepts. Dr. Gaissert attended Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gaissert has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) is conversant in German and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. Dr. Gaissert is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 47
  • Uninsured Cost: $576 - $5,325
  • Medicare Cost: $168 - $1,362
Dr. Michael Lanuti, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Division of Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lanuti is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Lanuti is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Lanuti's medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has received professional recognition including the following: Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic; Thoracic Surgery; and Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Lanuti is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Cameron Dorrans Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Division of Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Cameron Wright is a general surgeon and chest surgeon. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wright include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung cancer. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Wright graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Wright is professionally affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Endarterectomy, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Lung Problems, Minimally Invasive Thoracic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Mass General Hospital
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Christopher Morse's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Morse's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Lowell General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Morse obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Morse takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair

All Interests: Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Esophagectomy, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,304
  • Medicare Cost: $906
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Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Critical Care
Massachusetts General Hospital; Cox652
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Gus Vlahakes practices cardiac surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) in Boston, MA. Dr. Vlahakes (or staff) speaks Greek and French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His clinical interests include mitral valve reconstruction, heart valve disease, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Vlahakes is professionally affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vlahakes is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School.; and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Endarterectomy, Heart Valve Disease, Mitral Valve Reconstruction, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Lung ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $6,097
  • Medicare Cost: $1,115
Dr. Yolonda Lorig Colson, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Yolonda Colson is a surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and thoracic surgery specialist. Dr. Colson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Colson's areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery. Her professional affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Colson attended Mayo Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. She has received the following distinctions: Director, American Board of Thoracic Surgery; Above and Beyond Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, US Dept. of Defense; and First Michelle Kessler Leadership Award in Womens Health, Brigham and Womens Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,178
  • Medicare Cost: $901
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Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
 

Dr. Richard Shemin specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Shemin's areas of expertise include heart transplant, aortic aneurysm, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shemin include: Southern California Super Doctors; Voted Best Doctors; and Distinguished Alumnus Award, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Shemin (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , robotic surgery

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Aortic Valve Surgery, Atrial Septal Defect, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Frederick Yen-Ching Chen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
800 Washington Street; Box 266, South Building, 4th Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Frederick Chen is a cardiac surgery specialist in Boston, MA. In Dr. Chen's practice, he is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and heart transplant. He honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chen include: McGoon Award Recipient, American Association for Thoracic Surgery; HMS Mentoring Excellence Nominee, Brigham and Women's Hospital; and McGoon Award Nominee, American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He is affiliated with Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Tufts Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Heart Valve Disease, Surgical Repair, Surgical Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Theodore Masiakos, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Peter Masiakos, who practices in Boston, MA and Newton, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, thyroid surgery, and tumor. Dr. Masiakos's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Masiakos completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Masiakos include: Boston Super Doctors; American Board of Surgery Certification; and College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Masiakos (or staff) speaks Greek. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Preventive Care, Esophagus Problems, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. David Lawlor, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. David Lawlor's specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. He is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. He is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, burns, and intensive care. Dr. Lawlor is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Alpha Omega Alpha.; Traveling Burn Fellowship. 1996-97.; and Certification In General Surgery, Royal College Of. Dr. Lawlor (or staff) speaks French. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include Foundation Medical Partners, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lawlor's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Neonatal Surgery, Burns, Intensive Care, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Urologic Disorders

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Warren 1151
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Allan Goldstein works as a pediatric surgeon. In addition to English, Dr. Goldstein speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Goldstein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and laparoscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Goldstein attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Goldstein takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Mass. General Hospital and Surgeon-in-Chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery

All Interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. David J Sugarbaker, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
75 Francis Street; Division of Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
 

Dr. David Sugarbaker is a specialist in thoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sugarbaker is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Sugarbaker graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Toronto General Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sugarbaker include: Boston Super Doctors; Texas Super Doctors; and Master Of Arts (honorary), Harvard Medical School. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Sugarbaker's professional affiliations include Baylor Clinic and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive surgery

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Dr. Craig W Lillehei, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Critical Care
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 3rd Floor, Department of Surgery
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Craig Lillehei is a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, and thoracic surgeon in Boston, MA, North Dartmouth, MA, and Norwood, MA. Dr. Lillehei's areas of expertise include lung transplant, hydrocele, and umbilical hernia. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Lillehei has received include Boston Super Doctors; **Additional Specialties:Surgical Critical Care; and General Surgery**. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic total colectomy

All Interests: Umbilical Hernia, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Total Colectomy, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Cassandra Kelleher is a physician who specializes in pediatric surgery. Dr. Kelleher (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Her areas of expertise include the following: gynecological problems, minimally invasive surgery, and neonatal surgery. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kelleher completed her residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Neonatal Surgery, Esophagus Problems, Weight Loss Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Minimally ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Ryan's specialty is pediatric surgery. Dr. Ryan (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ryan include minimally invasive surgery, intensive care, and neonatal surgery. Dr. Ryan's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ryan trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ryan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , minimally invasive surgery

All Interests: Tumor, Ulcerative Colitis, Neonatal Surgery, Intensive Care, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street; Division of Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ashok Muniappan is a chest surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Muniappan is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Muniappan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive thoracic surgery

All Interests: Achalasia, Lung Transplant, Acid Reflux, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using tiny tools and several small incisions instead of one large one. First performed in the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has now become commonly used for all kinds of procedures because it offers so many benefits over traditional surgery.

Since minimally invasive surgery minimizes the amount of injury that a patient experiences by avoiding a large incision, it typically results in fewer issues after surgery. There tend to be fewer stitches needed, less scarring, less pain, a faster recovery time, and a lower risk of infection. Some minimally invasive procedures even require less anesthesia than usual.

There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
  • Laparoscopic surgery, where several small incisions are made. A tiny camera is inserted into one, and the surgeon looks at the procedure on a video screen while moving tools through the other openings.
  • Endoscopic surgery, which is performed using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin, hollow tube that contains a camera. It can be inserted either through a small incision or an existing opening such as the nose. Tiny tools can be passed through the tube to the area that needs to be worked on.
  • Robotic surgery, which uses tools that are even smaller and more precise than laparoscopic tools. The tools and camera are inserted through a small opening, and then the surgeon controls the robot from a computer in another room.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the right choice in every situation. However in many cases, it makes surgery less difficult to handle.