Dr. Gary Chmielewski, MD, FACS

Associate Professor

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Loyola University of Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine

Maywood, Illinois


Wayne State University | Detroit Medical Center
Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University | Detroit Medical Center
Internship and General Surgery Residency

Detroit, Michigan

Hospital Appointments

Attending Thoracic Surgeon
Associate Professor of Surgery
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
Attending Thoracic Surgeon
Hinsdale, Illinois

Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital
Attending Thoracic Surgeon
LaGrange, Illinois
Northshore Hospital System
Attending Thoracic Surgeon
Skokie, Illinois

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Attending Thoracic Surgeon
Lake Forest, Illinois


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

Professional Societies & Cooperative Groups

Associate Professor of Surgery
Rush Medical College-Chicago
Chicago Surgical Society (CSS)
Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Illinois Reflux Society (IRS)
American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)
Wayne State Surgical Society (WSSS)
Academy of Surgery of Detroit
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
Southwestern Oncology Group (SWOG)

Board Certification

Diplomate American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Diplomate American Board of Surgery
Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners

Honors & 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. Pentiak P, Seder C, Chmielewski GW, Welsh R: Benign Post-esophagectomy Gastrocardiac Fistula. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Oct 13 (4):447-9, 2011.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Fong P, Seder C, ChmielewskiGW, Welsh R: Non-operative Management of Post Intubation Tracheal Injuries. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 89: 1265-1266, 2010.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Patel NV, Shah RD, Welsh RJ, Chmielewski GW. Empyema: A Complication of vacuum assisted closure of infected thoracotomy wounds in two consecutive cases. The American Surgeon, 75 (4): 349-50, 2009.
  14. Grills I, Fitch D, Goldstein N, Chmielewski GW, Kestin L: Clinicopathologic Analysis of Microscopic Extension in Lung Adenocarcinoma: Defining Clinical Target Volume for Radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, Oct 69: 334-41, 2007.
  15. Kieninger A, Welsh R, Bendick P, Zelenock G, Chmielewski, GW. Positron-emission Tomography as a Prognostic Tool for Early Stage Lung Cancer. Am J Surg, 191 (3): 433-6, 2006.
  16. Woznick A, Chmielewski GW: Lysyl Oxidase Expression in Bronchogenic Carcinoma. The American Surgeon, 189: 297-301, 2005.
  17. Ohm C, Park D, Vogen M, Bendick P,Welsh RJ, Pursel SP, Chmielewski GW: Use of a Indwelling Pleural Catheter Compared to Thorascopic Talc Pleurodesis in the Management of Malignant Pleural Effusions. The American Surgeon, 69:198-202, 2003.
  18. Goldstein N, Kestin L, Chmielewski GW, Welsh R: Wedge Resection Margin Distances and Residual Adenocarcinoma in Lobectomy Specimens, Am J Clin Pathol, 120(5): 720-4, 2003.
  19. Wong CY,  Nunez R, Welsh R, Chmielewski GW, Ravikrishnan P, Fink-Bennet D, Dworkin HJ: Clinical Impact of Abnormal FDG Uptake in Pulmonary Nodules Detected by CT in Patients with Only History of Non-Lung Cancers. Asian J Nucl Med, 1(4): 204-207, 2001.
  20. Wong CY, Nunez R, Bohdiewicz P, Welsh RJ, Chmielewski GW, Dworkin HJ: Patterns of Abnormal FDG Uptake by Various Histological Types of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer at Initial Staging by PET . Eur J Nucl Med, 28(11):1702-5, 2001.
  21. Uzieblo M, Welsh RJ, Pursel SE, Chmielewski GW: Incidence and Significance of Lobar Atelectasis in Thoracic Surgical Patients. The American Surgeon, 66(5):476-480, 2000.
  22. Goldstein NS, Mani A, Chmielewski GW, Welsh RJ, Pursel SE: Immunohistochemically Detected Micrometastases in Peribronchial and Mediastinal Lymph Nodes from Patients with T1N0M0 Pulmonary Adenocarcinomas. American Journal of Surgical Pathology, 24(2):274-279, 2000.
  23. Goldstein NS, Mani A, Chmielewski GW, Pursel SE, Welsh RJ: Pathologic Prognostic Factors for Non-Pulmonary Metastases in Stage TIN0M0 Adenocarcinomas and Bronchioloalveolar Carcinomas of the Lung. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 112:391-402, 1999.
  24. Chmielewski GW, Nicholas JM, Dulchavsky SA, Diebel LN: Non-operative Management of Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen. The American Surgeon, 61:665-668,1994.
  25. Contributing Author in Heart Surgery Classics, Editor- Dr. Larry Stephenson, MD. Adams Publishing Group, Ltd., Boston, MA, 1994.
  26. Chmielewski GW, Saxe JM, Dulchavsky SA, Diebel LN: Fibrin Gel Limits Intra-Abdominal Adhesion Formation. The American Surgeon, 58:590-593, 1992.
  27. Persky B, Chmielewski GW: A Comparative Study on In Vitro Invasion Rates by Melanoma Cells in the Human Amniotic Basement Membrane Model versus In Vivo Tumor Nodule Formation in C57B16 Mice. Scanning Microscopy, 1: 853-862, 1987.

Visiting Professor Lectures

  1. June 12th, 2013. Treatment of Barrett’s Related Esophageal Cancers: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy and Other Tools. St Mary’s Hospital Grand Rounds. Hobart, Indiana.
  2. May 16th, 2013. The Changing Landscape of Barrett’s Esophagus. St. Catherine Hospital Grand Rounds. East Chicago, Indiana.
  3. April 4, 2013. Treatment of Barrett’s Related Esophageal Cancers: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy and Other Tools. Grand Rounds-Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale, Illinois.
  4. March 5 & 6, 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.
  5. February 23, 2013. Changing the Barrett’s Treatment Algorithm: One Surgeon’s Journey. 2nd Annual Rush Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium: A Multidisciplanary Approach to Management. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.
  6. January 29, 2013. Treatment of Barrett’s Related Esophageal Cancers: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy and Other Tools. Community Hospital Grand Rounds. Munster, Indiana.
  7. October 5,2012. Innovations in Barrett’s Care and Esophageal Cancer: A Primer for Physician Assistants. Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants. Chicago, Illinois.
  8. June 21st, 2012. Is your heartburn hiding something ?- GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus. Adventist Community Outreach Program. Adventist LaGrange Hospital, LaGrange, IL.
  9. June 14st, 2012. Multidisciplanary Barrett’s Treatment –Role of RFA, EMR, MIE and a Regional Database. Illinois Reflux Society Summer Meeting. Oak Brook, IL.
  10. March 28, 2012. Changing Times in Barrett’s Esophagus: Key Concepts in Changing the Treatment Algorithm. Department of Surgery Grand Rounds. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
  11. April 28th, 2011. A Multidisciplinary Treatment Program for Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus- One Surgeons View of the Barrett’s World. TPC Four Seasons Resort. Barrx Medical Educational Program-Irving, Texas.