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Melanie Edwards, MD

“Being a thoracic surgeon is a wonderful and always interesting mix of joy, sorrow, privilege and pain that I would have no other way. I see patients at some of the worst and most challenging times in their lives and am always grateful to be able to help them through.”

Dr. Melanie Edward is a thoracic surgeon at the Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute. She is board-certified in thoracic surgery. Dr. Edwards earned her medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. She completed her general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center through Harvard Medical School and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Saint Louis University. Furthermore, she completed a minimally invasive thoracic surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Edwards has clinical interests in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, surgery for benign esophageal disease and hyperhidrosis. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of several other professional organizations.


As highlighted in her nomination by Mara Antonoff, MD:

“Dr. Edwards is an accomplished, talented surgeon, who gives so much not only to her patients and their families, but also to our cardiothoracic surgical community. She is a phenomenal leader and team member, and she has helped countless other surgeons with her efforts to support career development. She is a tremendous role model, mentor to others, and — despite her small stature and quiet voice — she is a powerful advocate for all that she supports. She gives so much to our community and she’s a fantastic representative of WTS.”