About Christopher Morse, MD

Dr. Christopher Morse is a Associate Visiting Surgeon in the Dept of Surgery and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Co-Director of the Gastroesophageal Surgery Program.

Dr. Morse graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did both his surgical residencies at the MGH, first in general surgery and then in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Morse went on complete a second fellowship in minimally invasive thoracic surgery with a particular emphasis on esophageal surgery. He is Board certified in both Surgery and Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Morse is clinically very active and sees new patients weekly. His clinical interests revolve around malignancies of the chest, especially lung and esophageal cancer, as well as the treatment a variety of benign esophageal conditions, including achalasia, paraesophageal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Dr. Morse has taken a lead role in the development of a minimally invasive esophagectomy program at MGH. This work has led to a number of manuscripts including a direct comparison of open vs. minimally invasive esophagectomy. He also performs the minimally invasive Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure to treat GERD.

Dr. Morse serves as the co-director of the MGH Gastroesophageal Surgery program and participates on workforces in several national thoracic societies.

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Mass General Surgery: Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-2100

Salem Hospital
81 Highland Ave.
Salem, MA 01923
Phone: 978-741-1200

Medical Education

  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

American Board Certifications

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

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My research is primarily related to outcomes of the diseases I treat. I am especially focused on esophageal cancer and participate in an international esophagectomy complications consensus group. I have published extensively on minimally invasive esophageal resections. I was also recently the editor of a textbook, Master Techniques in Surgery: Thoracic Surgery, describing detailed techniques of thoracic surgery with an international group of authors.


  • Select Publications:

    • Tapias-Vargas LF, Morse CR. Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy after Induction Therapy Yields Similar Early Outcomes to Surgery Alone. Innovations. 2011 Sep;6(5):331-6
    • Tapias-Vargas LF, Morse CR. A Preliminary Experience with Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy. Dis Esophagus. 2012 Jul;25(5):449-55.
    • Sihag S, Wright CD, Wain JC, Lanuti M, Gaissert HA, Donahue DA, Mathisen DJ, Morse CR. Comparison of Perioperative Outcomes Following Open vs Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy at Single High-Volume Center. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2012 Sep;42(3):430-7.
    • Tapias-Vargas LF, Morse CR. Minimally invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy: Description of a learning curve. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2014 Jun; 218(6):1130-40.

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