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Michael Lanuti, MD

Director, Thoracic Oncology, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Lanuti is a board certified Thoracic Surgeon with special interest in lung cancer research, new techniques for lung cancer staging, and minimally invasive lung surgery.

Thoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Thoracic Cancers
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thyroid Tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Sarcoma and Connective Tissue Oncology
  • Mesothelioma
  • Transplant Center
Clinical Interests
General thoracic surgery
Esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus
VATS / Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Lung cancer and lung cancer molecular screening
Minimally invasive lung surgery
Endobroncial ultrasound for lung cancer staging
Navigation bronchoscopy of lung nodules
Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumors
Esophageal cancer
Tracheobronchial disorders
Mediastinal tumors (Thymoma, Schwannoma, Germ Cell Tumors)
Palmar hyperhidrosis
Thymoma and surgical treatment of myasthenia gravis
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


After receiving a Bachelor of Science in BioEngineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lanuti received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (where he received the I.S. Ravdin Award for excellence in surgery). He completed his internship and residency in Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a two year research fellowship in a Thoracic Oncology Laboratory focusing on gene therapy for lung cancer. He continued with sub-specialty training, and finished a Cardiothoracic Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was recruited in 2004 to the staff of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, and holds a parallel appointment as Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has been the Friedman-Lambert Scholar in Academic Thoracic Surgery at MGH/HMS since 2004.  He is the Director of Thoracic Oncology for the Division of Thoracic Surgery.


Dr. Lanuti spearheads translational research in a Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory in conjunction with the division of Surgical Oncology and Ken Tanabe, MD. The principle goals of the laboratory are to design novel therapeutics to treat lung and esophageal cancer that can be brought to clinical trials. A primary goal is the use of oncolytic viruses to target solid tumor. Some of these strategies include development of oncolytic viruses that help degrade tumor matrix. Ultimately, this translational effort will strive to bring treatment strategies from the laboratory bench to the bedside and back to the bench again for re-evaluation and improvement.

Stage I non small cell lung cancer can still recur with a 25% chance of relapse despite complete resection.  Dr. Lanuti is investigating the role of driver mutations and gene signatures to stratify risk of recurrence in resected stage I lung adenocarcinoma. This work can contribute to adjuvant therapies for high risk resected stage I lung cancers.

The study of epidermal growth factor and its influence on biologic functions, particularly the proliferation and differentiation of epithelial tissues, has received tremendous attention. Dr. Lanuti has investigated molecular risk factors for esophageal adenocarcinoma and found an elevated risk associated with single nucleotide polymorphisms in the epidermal growth factor (EGF) gene.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Izar B, Sequist L, Lee M, Muzikansky A, Heist RS, Iafrate AJ, Dias-Santagata D, Mathisen DJ, Lanuti M. Impact of EGFR mutation status on outcomes in patients with resected stage I NSLC. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Sep;96(3):962-8.

Tapias LF, Muniappan A, Wright CD, Gaissert HA, Wain JC, Morse CR, Donahue DM, Mathisen DJ, Lanuti M.  Short And Long-Term Outcomes After Esophagectomy For Cancer In Elderly Patients.  Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 May;95(5):1741-8.

Lanuti M
, Sharma A, Willers H, Digumarthy SR, Mathisen DJ, Shepard JO. Radiofrequency ablation for stage I non small cell lung cancer: management of loco-regional recurrence. Ann Thorac Surg, 2012 Mar;93(3):921-

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