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Henning A. Gaissert, MD

  • Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Chief, Thoracic Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital


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Thoracic Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Lung cancer
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Emphysema and Volume reduction surgery
  • Tracheobronchial disorders
  • Thymoma and surgical treatment of myasthenia gravis
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Esophageal cancer
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)
  • Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - SSN
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

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Born 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.

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Research & Publications


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.

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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

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