Quick Facts
  • Primary Location:
    Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
  • Expertise:
    Minimally Invasive Surgery
    Esophageal Diseases
  • Speciality:
    Thoracic Surgery
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Language:
    English
  • Med School:
    University of Vermont College of Medicine

Get to Know Dr. Gary M. Hochheiser

Thoracic surgeon Dr. Gary Hochheiser specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures, handling both benign and malignant diseases of the lungs and esophagus.

Hochheiser specializes in lung-sparing surgeries, including the aggressive pleurectomy and decortication procedure being used for pleural mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer.

He also directs the Lung Screening Program at Maine Medical Center, which is home to the most comprehensive collection of oncology services in northern New England.

The Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute is recognized for its personalized, multidisciplinary approach to care. Hochheiser works closely with specialists Dr. Jason Yahwak, a medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist Dr. Cornelius McGinn to provide a well-rounded treatment plan for each patient.

Hochheiser also has lectured nationally on minimally invasive procedures, many of which are used for esophageal diseases such as reflux, hiatal hernia and motility disorders.

Specialties of Dr. Gary M. Hochheiser

  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural mesothelioma
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Sarcoma

Dr. Gary M. Hochheiser’s Experience and Medical Education

  • Maine Medical Center
  • Baystate Medical Center
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Maine Medical Center (Residency)
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Fellowship)

Awards and Certifications

  • Board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor
  • Vitals Patient Choice Award

Publications of Dr. Gary M. Hochheiser

  • Raghunathan, K. et al. (2010, March). Inhaled Epoprostenol During One-Lung Ventilation. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
  • Giblin, E.M. & Hochheiser, G.M. (2008, August). Thoracic disk herniation resulting in acutely progressing paraplegia in a pediatric patient. Pediatric Emergency Care.
  • Mortman, K.D. et al. (2007, May). Elastofibroma Dorsi: Clinicopathologic Review of 6 Cases. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
  • Hochheiser, G.M., Clark, D.E. & Morton, J.R. (2002, April). Operative technique, paraplegia, and mortality after blunt traumatic aortic injury. Archives of Surgery.

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