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Brian E. Louie,  MD  


Professional Statement

Dr. Louie is a 2017 Seattle Met Top Doctor Award winner. Philosophy of care: Dr. Louieā€™s practice involves all aspects of general thoracic surgery including the lung, esophagus, stomach and mediastinum. He has particular interests in minimally invasive surgery that involves the use of laparoscopy, robotics and endoscopy for both cancer and non-cancerous diseases. He believes that care is about helping patients and their families understand their illness and guiding them in selecting treatment that is appropriate and individualized for the patient at his or her stage of life.

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University of Toronto
medical school
University of Alberta
residency, General Surgery
University of Southern California
fellowship, Esophageal and Gastric Surgery
McMaster University
fellowship, Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery
Surgery, General
Royal College Physicians and Surgeryeons
Surgery, General
Royal College Physicians and Surgeryeons
Surgery, Thoracic

Clinical Interests

  • Achalasia
  • Anomalies Of Diaphragm
  • Asbestos Lung
  • Atelectasis
  • Barretts Esophagus
  • Barrx
  • Biopsy Chest Wall
  • Biopsy Diaphragm
  • Biopsy Of Lung
  • Bronchial Fistula Repair
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Of Ge Junction
  • Cancer Of Mediastinum
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Carcinoid Of Stomach
  • Chest Wall Disorder
  • Chest Wall Tumors
  • Closure Of Diaphragmatic Fistula
  • Closure Of External Fistula Of Trachea
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Contusion Of Chest Wall
  • Correction Of Pectus Deformity
  • Cryoablation
  • Cystadenoma Of Pancreas
  • Cytoreduction Surgery
  • Decortication Of Lung
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Diaphragmatic Tumor
  • Empyema
  • Endoscopic Biopsy Of Trachea
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Diverticulectomy
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Mass
  • Esophageal Myotomy
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophagectomy
  • Excision Of Bronchus
  • Exploratory Thoracotomy
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Foreign Body In Esophagus
  • Fracture Of Sternum
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrin Secreting Tumor Of Pancreas
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
  • Hamartoma Of Lung
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Intra-Abdominal Cancer
  • Laparoscopic Adhesiolysis
  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic Gastroenterostomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Jejunostomy
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Ligation Of Bronchus
  • Linx
  • Liposarcoma
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Contusion
  • Lung Mass
  • Lung Resection
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Malignant Effusion
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Esophagus
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Main Bronchus
  • Mallory Weiss Tear
  • Mediastinal Abscess
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Mediastinitis
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Melanoma On Ear
  • Melanoma On Face
  • Mesothelioma
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Pulmonary Lobectomy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myxofibrosarcoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Biopsy Of Bronchus
  • Open Biopsy Of Lesion Of Mediastinum
  • Open Biopsy Of Lung
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy
  • Phototherapy
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pleurx Catheter
  • Plication Of Emphysematous Bleb
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Repair Of Diaphragm
  • Repair Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Revision Of Tracheostomy
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sequestrum Of Lung
  • Spontaneous Pneumothorax
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Surgical Staging
  • Tension Pneumothorax
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoplasty
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracostomy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymoma
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Thymus Disorders
  • Tobacco Use Cessation
  • Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
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Personal Interests

When not caring for patients, Dr. Louie enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys cooking, travelling, and playing and coaching ice hockey.
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Click here for a full list of Dr. Louie's publications. A subset of his citations is summarized below.

Brian E. Louie, Xiaopan Yao, Alberto Antonicelli, Eric Vallières, Zhitao Gu, Frank Detterbeck, James Huang, Yue Shang, Ralph W. Aye, Alexander S. Farivar and Wentao Fang. Partial Thymectomy Results In Similar Outcomes To Total Thymectomy In Masaoka-Koga Stages I And II Thymoma.  Submitted to Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. (2016)

Brian E. Louie, Andreas M. Schneider, Drew B. Schembre, Ralph W. Aye.  Impact of Prior Interventions on outcomes during per oral endoscopic myotomy. Surgical Endoscopy (2016) In press.

Brian E. Louie, Jennifer L. Wilson, Sunghee Kim, Robert J. Cerfolio, Bernard J. Park, Alexander S. Farivar, Eric Vallières, Ralph W. Aye, William R. Burfeind Jr., and Mark I. Block.  Comparison of Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery and Robotic Approaches for Clinical Stage I and Stage II Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Using The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2016).

Brian E. Louie, Alexander S. Farivar, Dale Shultz, Christina Brennan, Eric Vallières, and Ralph W. Aye.  Short Term Outcomes Comparing Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation Versus Nissen Fundoplication for Chronic GERD.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery - (2014) 98;498-505.

Brian E. Louie, Alexander S. Farivar, Ralph W. Aye and Eric Vallières.  Early Experiences with Robotic Lung Resection Result in Similar Operative Outcomes and Morbidity When Compared to Matched VATS Cases.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2012) 93(5):1598-1605.

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Practice Locations

Brian E. Louie practices at one location

Swedish Thoracic Surgery - First Hill
1101 Madison Street
Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
Affiliated Facilities
  • Swedish Cherry Hill
  • Swedish First Hill