Joseph Shrager

Joseph Shrager

Thoracic surgeon, Surgical oncologist

Bio:   Dr. Shrager assumed the role of Professor and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery in July 2008. He came to Stanford from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he served as Associate Professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital. He earned his medical degree at Harvard, trained in surgery at Penn, and completed his thoracic surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Shrager has been identified as one of “America’s Top Doctors” and one of “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer” in Castle Connolly’s prestigious listings for multiple years running. Dr. Shrager has been awarded US News and World Report “Top Doctor” recognition in every year since that rating system was inaugurated in 2012 ; this award places him among the top 1% of thoracic surgeons nationwide based upon reviews by physician-peers. Evidence of his expert status among his peers also includes membership on the editorial board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Shrager practices all aspects of thoracic surgery but has specials interest and experience in lung cancer, surgery for emphysema, and mediastinal diseases. His clinical publications reflect these interests. In all cases, he looks towards minimally invasive approaches where appropriate, including VATS (thoracoscopic) lobectomy for early stage lung cancer and transcervical thymectomy.

In the basic research realm, Dr. Shrager has focused upon the responses of the respiratory muscles to various disease states and interventions. His lab’s work has been published in important journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
4.7 out of 5
240 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

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Thoracic Surgery Clinic

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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (1996)
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (1988) MA
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (1997) MA
  • Board Certification: Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (1999)
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1995) PA
  • Thoracic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Thoracic Surgery (1997)
  • Surgery Training, Hospital of the Univ of Penn, Surgery (1995)
  • MD, Harvard University, Medicine (1988)

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Junior year induction, Amherst College (1983)
  • Summa Cum Lauda, Amherst College (1984)
  • Manstein Graduation Prize, Amherst College (Top Premed Athlete) (1984)
  • Havighurst Graduation Prize, Amherst College (Top History Thesis) (1984)
  • Simpson Fellowship, (For study at Harvard Medical School) (1984-1988)
  • Cabot Graduation Prize, Harvard Medical School (1988)
  • William I Inouye Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Sch. of Med. (1991)
  • National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (1990-1992)
  • 2nd Edward D. Churchill Research Scholarship, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (1999-2001)
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (2000)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2001)
  • Listed in Consumers’ Guide to Top Doctors, Center for the Study of Services (2001-2003)
  • “Top Docs” Listing, Philadelphia Magazine (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Elected Member, American Association for Thoracic Surgery (2002)
  • "Top Doctors" Listing, “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer -- peer-elected (2006,07,08 09 10 11 12)
  • "Top Doctors" Listing, “America’s Top Doctors” - peer elected (2007,08,09,10,11,12)
  • Elected Member, Society of Clinical Surgery (2008)
  • Elected Member, American Surgical Association (2010)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Stanford Respiratory Muscle Research Laboratory (2008 - Present)
  • Member, STS Workforce on Evidence-based Surgery (2006 - Present)
  • Member, AATS Workforce on Education (2008 - Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2001 - Present)
  • Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery, UPenn (2003 - 2007)
  • Chief, Stanford Division of Thoracic Surgery (2008 - Present)
  • Physician Leader Thoracic Oncology DMG, Stanford Cancer Center (2010 - Present)

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SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent doctors. Straight forward, no B.S. Quite possibly saved my life!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Shrager is my hero.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Love Dr. Shrager! He was very knowledgeable and if he had any concerns/questions he call the oncologist so our questions would be answered!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I expected the doctor to spend a little time with me - even to bring up/open my CT and other scans; I expected a REVIEW of my cancer and the most vacant scan and I received NONE of this. I surprised and disappointed me entirely - After all, this is STANFORD.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

My experience was so amazing! I felt so lucky to be able to get such amazing care & prompt surgery.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Coming from a rural setting, the quality of care and efficiencies are truly stunning -

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Shrager was smart, direct, & competent.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

All Good!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

The best!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Love Dr. Shrager and Angela. Just wish I had come to them sooner. I especially appreciated Dr. Shrager's compassion when he had to tell me my tumor was Stage II instead of Stage I after all. Thanks.

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4.7 out of 5
240 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent doctors. Straight forward, no B.S. Quite possibly saved my life!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Shrager is my hero.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Love Dr. Shrager! He was very knowledgeable and if he had any concerns/questions he call the oncologist so our questions would be answered!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I expected the doctor to spend a little time with me - even to bring up/open my CT and other scans; I expected a REVIEW of my cancer and the most vacant scan and I received NONE of this. I surprised and disappointed me entirely - After all, this is STANFORD.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

My experience was so amazing! I felt so lucky to be able to get such amazing care & prompt surgery.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Coming from a rural setting, the quality of care and efficiencies are truly stunning -

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Shrager was smart, direct, & competent.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

All Good!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

The best!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Love Dr. Shrager and Angela. Just wish I had come to them sooner. I especially appreciated Dr. Shrager's compassion when he had to tell me my tumor was Stage II instead of Stage I after all. Thanks.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Provided every thing I needed to know & understand.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

A very great dr.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Everyone is very conscientious! Actual time seeing doctor felt rushed.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I was weak from surgery & needed more specific advise about how to heal more quickly & did not get that. However. Dr. Shrager did a great job with surgery & referred me to Dr. Heather Walker.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Wanted more info about 2 spots on my lung -> New or old & seen before now?

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Shrager, is an excellent thoracic surgeon. May God keep blessing him in his noble work!

SHC Patient, May 2015

I would definitely recommend it!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Shrager an excellent surgeon - brisk and to the point.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

The entire experience was VERY positive.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Dr. Shrager is an excellent doctor!

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

The best provider. He is #1.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I could have been more aware of what I needed to know. My first surgery hospital stay in 50+ years I was not knowledgeable of hospital protocol.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Dr. Shrager & staff offer superior care and I feel very fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. Everything about his clinic is top-notch and he really cares about his patients but also provides the best care possible.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Limited experience with ACC cancer. Some of his comments went against what I know of the disease.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Dr. Shrager is an excellent doctor and I feel very fortunate to be his patient.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Staff was outstanding and very helpful as well as available.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Excellent - professional - gave me confidence that I was in the best hands.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

The intern was so informative and Dr. Shrager told me more than I have been able to understand and answered questions - than I have in the last several months of my dr. in home town.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

Excellent doctor in MANY ways!! I did feel slightly rushed in my last visit though.