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
102 Patient Ratings
13 Patient Comments

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program

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  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Thoracic Cancer Program

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  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Thoracic Surgery Clinic

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Sarcoma Program

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Professional Education

  • 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

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

Administrative Appointments

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

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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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.

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4.7 out of 5
102 Patient Ratings
13 Patient Comments

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.