About Henning Gaissert, MD

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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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

Medical Education

  • MD, Technical University of Munich
  • MD, Technische Universitaet Muenchen
  • Residency, Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Fellowship, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

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  • Recent 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.