After a previous surgery in her home state of New York to remove a tumor resulted in her inability to speak or swallow, Nancy Falconeri came to Massachusetts General Hospital for colon interposition (complex esophageal reconstruction) as well as voice box reconstruction.
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Henning Gaissert, MD
Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
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About the Lab
The research of Henning Gaissert, MD, in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital aims to change clinical practice for common and uncommon thoracic diseases to inform national and international audiences about them.
Research and Publications
Advance International Knowledge of Tracheal Tumors and Show the Benefit of Surgical Therapy
Based on a unique repository of airway disorders at Mass General.
- Reconstruction after Failed Tracheal Intervention, a discussion in examples. Invited Lecture. 9th National Tracheal Surgery Conference, Shanghai Chest Hospital, Shanghai, China, 9 November 2018
- When Are Resections of Tracheal Tumors Complex? Invited Lecture. Annual meeting, European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lisbon, Portugal, 28 September 2019
How Surgical Release Maneuvers Enable Secure Healing of Tracheal Anastomoses
This project was conducted by Lucia Madariaga, MD, former Mass General thoracic surgery fellow, and Monica Soni, a former medical student at Georgetown University, under the direction of Dr. Gaissert and his institutional experience with tracheal resection.
- Madariaga ML, Soni ML, Mathisen DJ, Wright CD, Li S, Muniappan A, Gaissert HA. Impact of Airway Release Maneuvers on Outcome After Tracheal Reconstruction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Mar. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.03.001
Demonstration of the Value of Parenchyma-Sparing Lung Resection
Dr. Gaissert guided Dr. Madariaga and Abraham Geller, a former student at Harvard Medical School, through a parenchyma-sparing lung resection to demonstrate its value in treating lung cancer as opposed to pneumonectomy.
- Madariaga MLL, Geller A, Lanuti M, Ott H, Allan JS, Donahue DM, Mathisen DJ, Wright CD, Gaissert HA. Pulmonary Artery Resection During Lung Resection for Malignancy. Ann Thorac Surg. 108:1692-1700. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.05.079
The Value of the Pulmonary Nodule Clinic
In a multidisciplinary collaboration at Mass General, Dr. Madariaga has shown the early success of the Pulmonary Nodule Clinic toward improving diagnostic accuracy and minimizing unnecessary surgical procedures.
- Madariaga ML, Lennes IT, Best T, Shepard JO, Fintelmann FJ, Mathisen DJ, Gaissert HA. Multidisciplinary Selection of Pulmonary Nodules for Surgical Resection: Diagnostic Results and Long-Term Outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 159:1558-1566. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.09.030
Improvement of Quality Among Database Participants
As chair of the thoracic subcommittee for Access and Publication in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Dr. Gaissert oversees the selection of research proposals for the General Thoracic Surgery Database. The effect of this committee on research output is described in annual reports. Based on this experience, former Mass General surgical resident Brooks Udelsman, MD, and Dr. Madariaga initiated a database analysis of clinical staging accuracy, found participant-specific variations in staging accuracy and proposed a metric to improve quality among database participants.
- Gaissert HA, Fernandez FG, Crabtree T, Burfeind WR, Allen MS, Block MI, Schipper PH, Jacobs JP, Habib RH, Shahian DM. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database: 2017 Update on Research. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017. 104:1450-1455. doi: 1016/j.athoracsur.2017.08.060
- Udelsman BV, Madariaga ML, Chang DC, Kozower BD, Gaissert HA. Concordance of Clinical and Pathological Nodal Staging in Resectable Lung Cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.06.060
How Thoracic Muscle Measurements on Standard Preoperative Imaging Predict Operative Risk
This project aims to uncover how thoracic muscle measurements on standard preoperative imaging may predict operative risk. It was done in collaboration with Mass General thoracic radiologists—under the leadership of Florian Fintelmann, MD, and first author Till Best, a former medical student at Humboldt University—Washington University and the University of Chicago.
- Best TD, Mercaldo SF, Bryan DS, Marquardt JP, Bridge CP, Troschel FM, Javidan C, Chung JH, Muniappan A, Bhalla S, Meyers BF, Ferguson MK, Gaissert HA*, Fintelmann FJ*. Multilevel Body Composition Analysis on Chest Computed Tomography Predicts Hospital Length of Stay and Complications Following Lobectomy for Lung Cancer: A Multicenter Study. Ann Surg. 2020. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004040
About Henning Gaissert, MD
Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Henning Gaissert, MD, 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. He led the section of thoracic surgery at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital for five years before returning to Mass General.
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.