Joseph B. Shrager, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA

Dr. Shrager is Professor and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Thoracic Oncology Program Leader in the Stanford Cancer Institute.   Prior to Stanford, he spent 10 years on faculty at the University of  Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he ultimately served as Associate Professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital.  He earned his medical degree at Harvard, trained in surgery at Penn, and completed his thoracic surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  

Evidence of his expert status among his peers includes membership on the editorial board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  He has a large clinical practice and has been listed multiple years running in Castle-Connolly’s peer-evaluation-based “top doctor” listings that appear in national as well as regional lay publications in the United States, including US News and World Report.

Dr. Shrager practices all aspects of Thoracic Surgery but has special interest and particularly broad experience in surgery for lung cancer, emphysema, and mediastinal masses. He looks towards minimally invasive approaches wherever possible.  His clinically-oriented publications reflect these interests and number near 150.

In the translational research realm, Dr. Shrager’s work has concentrated upon the responses of the respiratory muscles to various disease states and interventions.  His group was the first to demonstrate the occurrence ventilator-associated diaphragm atrophy clinically.  His laboratory’s work has been published in important journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.