About Ashok Muniappan, MD

Dr. Muniappan’s clinical activity includes all areas within general thoracic surgery, and he is experienced caring for lung, airway, chest wall, mediastinal, diaphragmatic, and esophageal disorders. He is well versed in minimally invasive techniques and utilizes them whenever appropriate. He has a special interest in pulmonary metastasectomy, airway surgery (tracheal resection, bronchoplasty), resection and reconstruction of the chest wall for malignant disease, repair of tracheoesophageal fistula, and minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum. His research interests have focused on the management of complex general thoracic surgical problems such as tracheoesophageal fistula. 

Dr. Muniappan was born in Madurai, India, and moved to Hamilton, Canada as a young child after his parents emigrated so his father could complete his Ph.D. He had a peripatetic childhood and lived in Winnipeg and Ilorin, Nigeria, before his family finally settled in San Jose, California. He attended Jesuit high school and subsequently the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Immunology. Dr. Muniappan graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2000. He completed his residencies in General Surgery (2007) and Cardiothoracic Surgery (2009) at Massachusetts General Hospital. He finished a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Joren Madsen at the MGH Transplantation Biology Research Center (2005) and mini-fellowships in clinical thoracic surgery at Mayo Clinic and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before joining the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Thoracic Surgery in 2010. 

He serves as the director of the medical student summer scholars program in thoracic surgery, director of general thoracic surgery simulation, and co-leads the pulmonary nodule ablation clinic at MGH. 

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Division of Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-643-8990
Fax: 617-726-7667

Medical Education

  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

American Board Certifications

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

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  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Book Chapters:

    • Muniappan A and Mathisen D, "The Management of Acquired Esophageal Respiratory Tract Fistula," in Current Surgical Therapy, Tenth Edition, Edited by Cameron J, In press 2010
    • Muniappan A and Mathisen D, "Surgery of the Trachea and Bronchi in the Elderly" in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Elderly, Edited by Katlic M, In press 2010