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Henning A. Gaissert, MD

Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital

Chief, Thoracic Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital

  • Phone: 617-726-5341
Thoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Thoracic Cancers
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Transplant Center
  • Lung Transplant
Clinical Interests
Lung cancer
Chest wall tumors
Emphysema and Volume reduction surgery
Tracheobronchial disorders
Thymoma and surgical treatment of myasthenia gravis
Esophageal cancer
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Residency, Barnes Jewish Hospital
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Barnes Jewish Hospital
Board Certifications
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyBorn and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Gaissert served his internship and residency in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and his fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He led the Section of Thoracic Surgery at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital for 5 years before returning to MGH. Dr. Gaissert is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. His clinical interests are lung cancer, esophageal cancer, tracheal disease and surgical reconstruction of complex swallowing disorders.


Gaissert HA, et al. Long-term survival after resection of primary adenoid cystic and squamous cell carcinoma of the trachea and carina. Ann Thorac Surg, 2004;78:1889-97.

Gaissert HA, et al. Segmental laryngotracheal and tracheal resection for invasive thyroid carcinoma. Ann Thorac Surg, 2007;83:1952-9.

Gaissert HA, et al. Operative Risk of Pneumonectomy: Influence of Preoperative Induction Therapy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2009;138:289-94.

Evans NR 3rd, Gaissert HA, et al. The impact of induction therapy on morbidity and operative mortality after resection of primary lung cancer. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010;139:991-6.e1-2.

Honings J, Gaissert HA, et al. Prognostic value of pathologic characteristics and resection margins in tracheal adenoid cystic carcinoma. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2010 Mar 29.

Division of Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-5341
Fax: 617-726-7667

Newton Wellesley Hospital
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462-1650

Phone: 617-243-6447
Fax: 617-243-6449