Christopher R. Morse, MD
Co-Director Gastroesophageal Surgery
Chief of Thoracic Surgery Northshore Medical Center
Dr Morse is a Associate Visiting Surgeon in the Dept of Surgery and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Co-Director of the Gastroesophageal Surgery Program.
- Thoracic Surgery
- Department of Surgery
- Cancer Center
- Thoracic Cancers
- Esophageal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Digestive Healthcare Center
- Swallowing and Heartburn Center
- Barrett's Esophagus Treatment Center
- Transplant Center
- Lung Transplant
- Clinical Interests
- Esophageal cancer
- Minimally invasive esophageal resections (esophagectomy)
- Laparoscopic antireflux surgery/GERD
- Laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair
- Laparoscopic re-operative antireflux surgery
- Barrett's esophagus
- Esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus
- Esophageal disease
- Esophageal anomalies
- Lung cancer
- Minimally invasive pulmonary (lung) resections
- Airway surgery
- General thoracic surgery
- Benign and malignant diseases of the chest
- Idiopathic Laryngotracheal Stenosis
- Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
- Lowell: Lowell General Hospital
- Salem: North Shore Medical Center
- Medical Education
- MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Board Certifications
- Surgery, American Board of Surgery
- Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
- Accepting New Patients
- Accepting New Patients
- Insurances Accepted
- Aetna Health Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
Cigna (PAL #'s)
Fallon Community HealthCare
Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
Humana/Choice Care PPO
Medicare - ACD
Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
OSW - Connecticut
OSW - Maine
OSW - New Hampshire
OSW - Rhode Island
OSW - Vermont
Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
Railroad Medicare - ACD
Senior Whole Health
Tufts Health Plan
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
BiographyDr Morse graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did both his surgical residencies at the MGH, first in general surgery and then in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Morse went on complete a second fellowship in minimally invasive thoracic surgery with a particular emphasis on esophageal surgery. He is Board certified in both Surgery and Thoracic Surgery.
Dr Morse is clinically very active and sees new patients weekly. His clinical interests revolve around malignancies of the chest, especially lung and esophageal cancer, as well as the treatment a variety of benign esophageal conditions, including achalasia, paraesophageal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Dr. Morse has taken a lead role in the development of a minimally invasive esophagectomy program at MGH. This work has led to a number of manuscripts including a direct comparison of open vs. minimally invasive esophagectomy.
Dr. Morse serves as the co-director of the MGH Gastroesophageal Surgery program and participates on workforces in several national thoracic societies.
My research is primarily related to outcomes of the diseases I treat. I am especially focused on esophageal cancer and participate in an international esophagectomy complications consensus group. I have published extensively on minimally invasive esophageal resections. I was also recently the editor of a textbook, Master Techniques in Surgery: Thoracic Surgery, describing detailed techniques of thoracic surgery with an international group of authors.
View my most recent publications at PubMed
- Tapias-Vargas LF, Morse CR. Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy after Induction Therapy Yields Similar Early Outcomes to Surgery Alone. Innovations. 2011 Sep;6(5):331-6
- Tapias-Vargas LF, Morse CR. A Preliminary Experience with Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy. Dis Esophagus. 2012 Jul;25(5):449-55.
- Sihag S, Wright CD, Wain JC, Lanuti M, Gaissert HA, Donahue DA, Mathisen DJ, Morse CR. Comparison of Perioperative Outcomes Following Open vs Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy at Single High-Volume Center. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2012 Sep;42(3):430-7.
- Tapias-Vargas LF, Morse CR. Minimally invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy: Description of a learning curve. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2014 Jun; 218(6):1130-40.
Christopher Morse, MD, of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital has been able to remove esophageal tumors using an innovative minimally invasive procedure that offers patients less postoperative pain and a shorter recovery time
Bob Hazelton lived with chronic acid reflux for years and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011. After his surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital performed a minimally invasive esophagectomy, Bob has a healthy esophagus and is getting back to his active lifestyle.
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