Featured Thoracic Surgeons: Monthly Features

Today’s Women in CT Surgery

Here we will feature women who represent the wide breadth of practicing thoracic surgeons in our field today.  We look forward to highlighting new women on a monthly basis, showing the great strides in patient care, research, humanitarian work, patient advocacy, and leadership being accomplished by women in our field.  We take pride in showcasing the fantastic women in CT Surgery, setting phenomenal examples both in and out of the operating room.

This month’s featured surgeons:

Dr. Melanie Edwards

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.


For our full list of Past Features, click here.


If you’d like to submit a nomination for a surgeon feature, you can do so below or at this link.



Featured Surgeon Nomination Form

Please use this form to nominate women thoracic surgeons for a feature on the WTS website. Qualified nominees may be practicing surgeons in adult cardiac, congenital cardiac, or general thoracic surgery. Your nominations are greatly appreciated!
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