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Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center - Surgery
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center - Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cancer surgery, lung
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Durability and Predictors of Successful Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett's Esophagus. Pasricha S, Bulsiewicz WJ, Hathorn KE, Komanduri S, Muthusamy VR, Rothstein RI, Wolfsen HC, Lightdale CJ, Overholt BF, Camara DS, Dellon ES, Lyday WD, Ertan A, Chmielewski GW, Shaheen NJ Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 2014 May 7 Development and validation of a plasma biomarker panel for discerning clinical significance of indeterminate pulmonary nodules. Daly S, Rinewalt D, Fhied C, Basu S, Mahon B, Liptay MJ, Hong E, Chmielewski G, Yoder MA, Shah PN, Edell ES, Maldonado F, Bungum AO, Borgia JA. J Thorac Oncol. 2013 2013 Jan 8(1):31-6. doi: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e31827627f8. Prior Fundoplication Does not Improve Safety or Efficacy Outcomes of Radiofrequency Ablation: Results from the U.S. RFA Registry. Shaheen NJ, Kim HP, Bulsiewicz WJ, Lyday WD, Triadafilopoulos G, Wolfsen HC, Komanduri S, Chmielewski GW, Ertan A, Corbett FS, Camara DS, Rothstein RI, Overholt BF. J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 2013 Jan 17(1):21-9. doi: 10.1007/s11605-012-2001-8. Epub 2012 Sep 11. Development of a serum biomarker panel predicting recurrence in stage I non-small cell lung cancer patients. Rinewalt D, Shersher DD, Daly S, Fhied C, Basu S, Mahon B, Hong E, Chmielewski G, Liptay MJ, Borgia JA. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 2012 Dec 144(6):1344-50; discussion 1350-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.08.033. Epub 2012 Sep 13. Increasing accrual in cancer clinical trials with a focus on minority enrollment: The William Beaumont Hospital Community Clinical Oncology Program Experience. Vicini F, Nancarrow-Tull J, Shah C, Chmielewski G, Fakhouri M, Sitarek SA, Feczko CT, Brzozowski C, Felten DL. Cancer. 2011 2011 Oct 15 117(20):4764-71. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26094. Epub 2011 Mar 31. Benign post-esophagectomy gastrocardiac fistula. Pentiak P, Seder CW, Chmielewski GW, Welsh RJ. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2011 2011 Oct 13(4):447-9. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2011.276790. Epub 2011 Jul 25. Rapid disease progression with delay in treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer. Mohammed N, Kestin LL, Grills IS, Battu M, Fitch DL, Wong CY, Margolis JH, Chmielewski GW, Welsh RJ. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 2011 Feb 1 79(2):466-72. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2009.11.029. Epub 2010 May 13. Feeding jejunostomy tubes placed during esophagectomy: are they necessary? Fenton JR, Bergeron EJ, Coello M, Welsh RJ, Chmielewski GW. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 2011 Aug 92(2):504-11; discussion 511-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.03.101. Epub 2011 Jun 24. Radiographic and metabolic response rates following image-guided stereotactic radiotherapy for lung tumors. Mohammed N, Grills IS, Wong CY, Galerani AP, Chao K, Welsh R, Chmielewski G, Yan D, Kestin LL. Radiother Oncol. 2011 2011 Apr 99(1):18-22. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2011.03.003. Epub 2011 Mar 30. Age, tumor size, type of surgery, and gender predict survival in early stage (stage I and II) non-small cell lung cancer after surgical resection. Agarwal M, Brahmanday G, Chmielewski GW, Welsh RJ, Ravikrishnan KP. Lung Cancer. 2010 2010 Jun 68(3):398-402. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2009.08.008. Epub 2009 Sep 16. Outcomes after stereotactic lung radiotherapy or wedge resection for stage I non-small-cell lung cancer. Grills IS, Mangona VS, Welsh R, Chmielewski G, McInerney E, Martin S, Wloch J, Ye H, Kestin LL. J Clin Oncol. 2010 2010 Feb 20 28(6):928-35. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2009.25.0928. Epub 2010 Jan 11. Nonoperative management of postintubation tracheal injuries. Fong PA, Seder CW, Chmielewski GW, Welsh RJ. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 2010 Apr 89(4):1265-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.07.093. The safe transition from open to thoracoscopic lobectomy: a 5-year experience. Seder CW, Hanna K, Lucia V, Boura J, Kim SW, Welsh RJ, Chmielewski GW. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 2009 Jul 88(1):216-25; discussion 225-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.04.017. Empyema--a complication of vacuum-assisted closure of infected thoracotomy wounds in two consecutive cases. Patel NV, Shah RD, Welsh RJ, Chmielewski GW. Am Surg. 2009 2009 Apr 75(4):349-50. No abstract available.
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Most of our practice, we take care of patients with esophageal cancer or with lung cancer. But there’s also problems that aren’t cancer that we treat too: people with reflux disease, or benign problems of the lung, or other airway problems. We take care of those patients too.
As a surgeon, you’re not just treating the patient, you’re treating the whole family because everybody’s going to have perceptions and needs that you need to meet. I’m very visual, so a lot of times I’ll draw pictures and diagrams of the surgery and things to try and explain it to them. And then when we’re done, ask them if they have any questions, and make sure that they heard what you’re trying to get across to them.
One of the first patients I did a VATS lobectomy on in 1999 still sends me a golf gift every year — whether it’s a sleeve of golf balls, or a golf magazine or something — because he’s so appreciative that I got him back to his life quicker and got him back to his game of golf. It means a lot to me because I know these people know I care about them when they do those things. And that’s what you try to get across to them.