Dr. Erik Lewis is a thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He treats a wide variety of conditions ranging from lung and esophageal cancers and other thoracic malignancies like malignant pleural mesothelioma. He also treats patients diagnosed with benign conditions including gastroesophageal reflux. He is skilled in minimally invasive surgical procedures that allow thoracic operations to be performed using small incisions, as well as big open operations like lung transplants, all of which he finds to be extremely rewarding and satisfying.
Dr. Lewis has been fascinated by cardiothoracic surgery since his days as an undergraduate when he shadowed a general surgeon as part of an externship. He continues to be driven by what he saw then, particularly the rewards of guiding patients through difficult situations. He believes that listening to his patients and understanding their concerns is an important part of his role and that doing so allows him to better explain the nuances of their treatment options.
Education and Career
Dr. Lewis attended Middlebury College as an undergraduate, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. He earned his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, then moved on to complete an internship and residency in General Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Morningside/West. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship and residency in Thoracic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He is board-certified in Surgery and Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network.