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Gary Chmielewski

Gary Chmielewski, M.D.

Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center

Thoracic Surgery

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Board Certification(s)

Thoracic Surgery/Surgery

Academic Appointment

Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center


Medical School

Loyola University of Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wayne State University - Detroit Medical Center

Location 1

880 W. Central Road
Suite 5000
Arlington Heights IL 60005
Phone: 847-618-3800
Fax: 847-618-3809

Primary Specialty

Thoracic Surgery

Additional Specialties

Oncology Surgery

Clinical Interests



  • Co-director Rush Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program
  • Rush Faculty Leadership Development Program
  • Vice President of the Illinois Reflux Society
  • Rush University Cancer Center Member
  • Publication Committee for the U.S. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Barrett’s Registry
  • Robotic Surgery Committee Rush University Medical Center
  • Coleman Multidisciplanary Chest Tumor Clinic Rush University Medical Center
  • Coleman Multidisciplanary GI Tumor Clinic Rush University Medical Center
  • NCH Robotic Surgery Steering Committee
  • NCH Multidisciplinary Thoracic Conference

Honors and awards:

  • Recognition Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, Research, and Physician Leadership: Beaumont Health Systems 2011
  • Hour Magazine Best Doctors in Detroit: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Charles G. Johnston Research Award: Detroit Surgical Society

Top visiting professor lectures:

  • November 14, 2015. Evolution of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer. Northwest Community Healthcare Lung Cancer Fall Symposium. NCH - Arlington Heights, Illinois.
  • October 21 & 22. Contemporary Management of Esophageal Cancer From Esophageal Preservation to Neoadjuvant Therapy and Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy. Centegra Health System Fall Hot Topics in Medicine Symposium. Crystal Lake, Illinois.
  • August 12, 2015. Tailored GERD Therapy: New Innovations in the Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. St Mary's Hospital Visiting Professor Grand Rounds. Hobart, Indiana.
  • July 28 & 29, 2015. Transition to VATS Lobectomy: Key Concepts and Steps. Lecturer and Clinical Instructor- Rush VATS Lobectomy Course sponsored by Covidien - Course Director-Dr. Michael Liptay. Chicago, Illinois.
  • May 12 & 13, 2015. Transition to VATS Lobectomy: Key Concepts and Steps. Lecturer and Clinical Instructor- Rush VATS Lobectomy Course sponsored by Covidien- Course Director-Dr. Michael Liptay. Chicago, Illinois.
  • April 30, 2015. Targeted GERD Therapy-time for a change to tailored treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Norwegian American Hospital Grand Rounds. Chicago, Illinois.
  • February 13, 2015. Treatment ofBarrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer- One Surgeon's Perspective and Evolution. 7th Annual Interventional Endoscopy Course for GI Nurses and Technicians. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • September 20, 2014. American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Annual Meeting. Transition to VATS Lobectomy: Practicalities and Pitfalls. Boston Harbor Marriott, Boston, MA.
  • July 21 & 22, 2014. Transition to VATS Lobectomy: Key Concepts and Steps. Lecturer and Clinical Instructor- Rush VATS Lobectomy Course sponsored by Covidien. Course Director-Dr. Michael Liptay. Chicago, Illinois.
  • December 20, 2013. Rush SICU Nursing Update on Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy. Chicago, IL.
  • December 11, 2013. Outcomes of Resection of Pancoast Tumors with Vertebral Body Involvement. Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital Tumor Board. LaGrange, IL.
  • December 10 & 11, 2013. Transition to VATS Lobectomy: Key Concepts and Steps. Lecturer and Clinical Instructor- Rush VATS Lobectomy Course sponsored by Covidien. Course Director-Dr. Michael Liptay. Chicago, Illinois.
  • November 24, 2013. The Changing Landscape of Barrett's Esophagus. St. Anthony-Franciscan Health- Grand Rounds Crown Point, Indiana.
  • September 9, 2013. GERD, Barrett's, and Esophageal CA. Different members of the same family of GE Junction incompetence. Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, LaGrange, Illinois.
  • July 25, 2013. The Changing Landscape ofBarrett's Esophagus. St. Margaret Health Grand Rounds. Hammond, Indiana.
  • July 23 & 24, 2013. Transition to VATS Lobectomy: Key Concepts and Steps. Lecturer and Clinical Instructor- Rush VATS Lobectomy Course sponsored by Covidien- Course Director-Dr. Michael Liptay. Chicago, Illinois.
  • June 12, 2013. Treatment of Barrett’s Related Esophageal Cancers: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy and Other Tools. St Mary’s Hospital Grand Rounds. Hobart, Indiana.
  • May 16, 2013. The Changing Landscape of Barrett’s Esophagus. St. Catherine Hospital Grand Rounds. East Chicago, Indiana.

Top publications:

  1. Kubasiak JC, Seder CW, Pithadia R, Basu S, Fhied C, Phillips WW, Daly S, Shersher DD, Yoder MA, ChmieleNski GW, Edell ES, Maldonado F, Liptay MJ, Borgia JA: Value of circulating insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-associated proteins for the detection of stage I non-small cell lung cancer, J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.(2014), doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.08.085.
  2. Pasricha S, Komanduri S, Wolfsen HC, Lightdale CJ, Overholt BF, ChmieleNski GW, Shaheen NJ: Durability and Predictors of Successful Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett's Esophagus. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. May; Sl542-3565(14), 2014.
  3. Daly S, Rinewalt D, Fhied C, Basu S, Mahon B, Liptay MJ, Hong E, ChmieleNski GW, Yoder MA, Shah PN, Edell ES, Maldonado F, Bungum AO, Borgia JA: Development and Validation of a Plasma Biomarker Panel for Discerning Clinical Significance of Indeterminate Pulmonary Nodules. J Thorac Oncol. Jan;8(1):31-6, 2013.
  4. Rinewalt D, Shersher DD, Daly S, Chmielewski GW, Liptay MJ, Borgia JA: Development of a serum biomarker panel predicting recurrence in stage I non-small cell lung cancer patients. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. Dec 144(6):1344-51, 2012.
  5. Shaheen NJ, Komanduri S, Chmielewski GW, Rothstein RI, Overholt BF: Prior Fundoplication Does Not Improve Safety or Efficacy Outcomes of Radiofrequency Ablation: Results from the U.S. RFA Registry. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Sep 11 [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Pentiak P, Seder C, Chmielewski GW, Welsh R: Benign Post-esophagectomy Gastrocardiac Fistula. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Oct 13 (4):447-9, 2011.
  7. Fenten J, Bergeron E, Sang K, Coello M, Welsh R, Chmielewski GW: Jejunostomy Tube Placement During Esophagectomy: Is it Necessary? Annals Of Thoracic Surgery, 92: 504-11, 2011.
  8. Mohammad N, Grills IS, Chmielewski GW, Kestin LL: Radiographic and Metabolic Response Rates Following Image-Guided Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Lung Tumors. Radiother Oncol. 99 (1) : 18-22, Apr 2011.
  9. Vicini F, Nancarrow-Tull, J, Chmielewski, GW, Felten DL: Increasing Accrual in Cancer Clinical Trials with a Focus on Minority Enrollment: The William Beaumont Hospital Community Clinical Oncology Program Experience. Cancer, Mar 31, 2011.
  10. Mohammed N, Kestin LL, Grills IS, Battu M, Fitch DL, Wong CY, Margolis JH, Chmielewski GW, Welsh RJ: Rapid Disease Progression with Delay in Treatment of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. Feb 1; 79(2): 466-72, 2011.
  11. Gorrepati N, Cannon M, Chmielewski GW : Progression of Barrett’s Esophagus to Esophageal Adenocarcinoma during Radiofrequency Ablation: A Call for Multi-disciplinary Input when Treating Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, Volume 105, Issue S 105-388, Page S 167, 2010.
  12. Fong P, Seder C, ChmielewskiGW, Welsh R: Non-operative Management of Post Intubation Tracheal Injuries. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 89: 1265-1266, 2010.
  13. Grills I, Chmielewski GW, Welsh R, Kestin L: Outcomes after Stereotactic Lung Radiotherapy or Wedge Resection for Stage I Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28:928-935, 2010.
  14. Agarwal M, Brahmandy G, Chmielewski GW, Welsh R, Ravikrishnan K: Age, Tumor Size, Type of Surgery, and Gender Predict Survival in Early Stage (I and II) Non-small Cell Lung Cancer After Surgical Resection. Lung Cancer. 68 (3):398-402, 2010.
  15. Seder C, Sang K, Welsh R, Chmielewski GW: The Safe Transition from Open to Thoracoscopic Lobectomy: A 5-Year Experience. Annals Of Thoracic Surgery, 88:216-26, 2009.


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