Explore Dr. Morse's Research


The research efforts of Christopher Morse, MD, in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, are focused on improving the outcomes of swallowing, heartburn and esophageal diseases. Dr. Morse is especially focused on esophageal cancer, and participates in an international esophagectomy complications consensus group.

Notable Contributions and Publications

The Comparison of Perioperative Outcomes Following Open and Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Oesophagectomy at a Single, High-Volume Center

This work showed that a minimally invasive approach appears to lead to a significant reduction in the rate of postoperative pulmonary complications.

Related Publications

Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy

Related Publications

Routine Intraoperative Jejunostomy Placement and Minimally Invasive Oesophagectomy

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About Christopher Morse, MD

Christopher Morse, MD

Christopher Morse, MD, is an associate visiting surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Mass General and an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the co-director of the Swallowing, Heartburn and Esophageal Diseases (SHED) Program at Mass General.

Dr. Morse graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did both his surgical residencies at Mass General, 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 active with interests revolving 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 promoting minimally invasive approaches to esophagectomy. This work has led to several manuscripts including a direct comparison of open versus minimally invasive esophagectomy.

He has published extensively on minimally invasive esophageal resections and was also the recent editor of a textbook called Master Techniques in Surgery: Thoracic Surgery, which details techniques of thoracic surgery with an international group of authors.

Dr. Morse serves as the program director for the Mass General Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program and participates on workforces in several national thoracic societies.