Scott J. Swanson

Scott J. Swanson M.D.

Associate Director of the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program

Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Medical Treatment Center: Brigham and Women's Hospital 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115

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Scott Swanson, M.D., is a Harvard-educated senior surgeon at the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he lends his decade of surgical expertise in treating more than 180 mesothelioma patients each year.

A high percentage of these patients are drawn to the program for its reputation of surgical excellence.

Many IMP physicians select minimally invasive surgery for their patients to help reduce the impact of the treatment. One such surgical procedure favored by Swanson is video-assisted thoracic surgery.

Video-Assisted Surgery

Several procedures commonly performed on mesothelioma patients, including lung resections and decortications, may now be conducted with video assistance.

Fast Fact: Dr. Swanson has produced six short educational videos for ORLive discussing various surgical topics, such as video assisted thoracic surgery.

This procedure allows surgeons to see into the chest with video technology instead of large incisions in the patient’s body. Surgeons favor video-assisted surgery for their patients because it reduces pain, post-operative complications and recovery time.

Swanson has been studying surgical procedures since 1990, when he served a residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He went on to complete a cardiothoracic fellowship in 1994, after which he became board certified in Thoracic Surgery.

Swanson currently is a professor of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has co-authored 66 articles published by the team at Brigham and Women’s as well as the Atlas of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery.


Most recently published in Chest Journal and Academic Radiology, Swanson’s writing offers patients and medical professionals insight into topics such as multidisciplinary care in a comprehensive cancer center and complications that occur after mesothelioma patients receive extrapleural pneumonectomies.

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