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Dr. Mark Ferguson is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. His surgical specialty is the management of lung, esophageal, and thymus diseases. He is experienced in all techniques of lung and esophageal resection, as well as the management of malignant pleural effusions.
Dr. Ferguson’s areas of expertise include:
- Lung cancer
- Thoracic Oncology
- Benign esophageal diseases
- Hiatal Hernia
- Minimally invasive surgery for lung and pleural conditions
- VATS lobectomy
- Barret’s Esophagus
- Robotic Surgery
- Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
Education and Career
Board certified in thoracic surgery, Dr. Ferguson first earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and then moved on to his medical education at the University of Chicago Medical Center. After he graduated from the Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his primary internship and residency in Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital, followed by a Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship there.
Today, he is the founding Program Director of the University of Chicago Cardiothoracic Fellowship program and serves on the boards and committees of numerous national societies and institutions, including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and CTSNet.org. He also serves as a deputy editor for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, is on the editorial board of three other journals, is editor of CTSNet.org, and serves as the Executive Director of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus.
Dr. Ferguson has broad research interests, including long-term outcomes after lung resection and esophageal resection, the development of simulation methods for surgical training, advanced techniques in surgical education, and factors that influence medical decision-making including gender and racial/ethnic bias.
He has authored more than 100 chapters in medical textbooks and edited or written eight books. He has also completed three editions of the book Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery. He edited a series of books titled Difficult Decisions in Surgery and has published more than 350 papers and abstracts in medical journals.Get Your FREE Mesothelioma Packet
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