Dr Wright is a Visiting Surgeon in the Dept of Surgery and a Professor of Surgery at Harvard. He is the Associate Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and the Associate Program Director. He serves as the Chair of Quality for Surgery.
BiographyDr Wright graduated form the University of Michigan Phi Beta Kappa and the University of Michigan Medical School Alpha Omega Alpha. He did both his residencies at the MGH, first in Surgery and then in Thoracic Surgery. He is Board certified in both Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. Dr Wright is clinically very active and sees new patients weekly. His clinical focus is on thoracic oncology, airway surgery (tracheal surgery) and pulmonary thromboendarterectomy.
Dr Wright serves on several Boards and National Society committees, including the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, as a Director of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and as Chair of the General Thoracic Database.
Dr Wright has been elected to the Castle Connolly "Top Doctor" for the past 10 years and the "Best Doctors" in Boston Magazine for the past 6 years.
Dr Wright also has a keen interest in quality and patient safety in surgery and Chairs the MGH Department of Surgery Quality Assurance committee.
Dr Wright also serves as a Colonel in the USAR and has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
ResearchMy research is primarily related to outcomes of the patients I treat. I am especially focused on thymic tumors (both thymomas and thymic cancers) and participate in an international thymic tumor interest group (ITMIG). I have led the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Database for many years and have published extensively on outcomes based upon this robust national database and developed risk-models to predict and compare results. I also have a long-standing interest in surgery of the airway (tracheal stenosis, tracheal tumors and idiopathic laryngotracheal stenosis) and have published on early and late results.
Massachusetts General Hospital offers pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a highly specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots in the lungs. Without surgery, patients who have this life-threatening disease will likely develop progressive shortness of breath so severe that it leads to heart failure.