Scott J. Swanson, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Scott J. Swanson is a Thoracic Surgeon and Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). He is chief surgical officer of Dana-Farber/ Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and is a professor in surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his general and cardiothoracic surgical residencies at BWH.  He completed a fellowship in vascular biology at Harvard Medical School and a thoracic oncology fellowship at BWH.  Dr. Swanson is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery. He has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and named a top thoracic surgeon by Boston Magazine. 

Dr. Swanson’s major clinic research interests focus on thoracic cancer treatment. Specifically, he has pioneered minimally invasive techniques for esophageal, lung, and mediastinal tumors. He has developed a clinical research database for lung cancer for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which has over 2,500 patients enrolled. Dr. Swanson’s current research examines how to improve outcomes for early lung cancer. In addition, he looks at some of the molecular markers of both good and bad outcomes in early lung cancer. He is an editor for the thoracic textbook, Surgery of the Chest, as well as the Atlas of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (VATS), and is on several editorial boards.