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Surgery / Cardiothoracic Surgery

Varun Puri, MD

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Specialty Areas
Thoracic Surgery
Lung Cancer
Lung Transplantation
Thoracic Oncology
Esophageal Cancer
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Patients Seen At
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
100 Entrance Way
St. Peter's , MO  63376
636-916-7123
Fax:   636 916 7124
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Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, A, 8th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
636-916-7123
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Additional Languages Spoken
Hindi,Punjabi

Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
CB 8234, 660 S. Euclid
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Minimally invasive, laparoscopic, robotic and traditional surgery in lung cancer, lung transplantation, gastroesophageal reflux, Barrett's esophagus,  hiatal hernia, inguinal hernia, mediastinoscopy

Areas of Research Interest
Evaluation of positron emission tomography in predicting survival after esophagectomy in patients undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer; Determination of risk factors predictive of occult mediastinal lymph node involvement in patients with early non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): and evaluation of hand-held spirometry as an alternative to laboratory based volume-displacement spirometry in a low-risk population undergoing lung resection. Lobar distribution as a predictor of outcome in early stage lung cancer

Board Certification
General Surgery -- Certified
Thoracic Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
Medical Degree: All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, India, 1998
Postgraduate in Surgery: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, 2001
Residency: General Surgery, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, 2007
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medidine, St Louis MO, 2009
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Progress West Health Care Center, O'Fallon MO

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Puri V, Crabtree TD, Bell JM, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Broderick S, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. National Cooperative Group Trials of "High-Risk" Patients With Lung Cancer: Are They Truly "High-Risk"? Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Feb 15.

Crabtree TD, Puri V, Robinson C, Bradley J, Broderick S, Patterson GA, Liu J, Musick JF, Bell JM, Yang M, Meyers BF. Analysis of first recurrence and survival in patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer treated with surgical resection or stereotactic radiation therapy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Jan 2.

Puri V, Jacobsen K, Bell JM, Crabtree TD, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Hiatal hernia repair with or without esophageal lengthening: is there a difference? Innovations (Phila). 2013 Sep-Oct.

Crabtree TD, Kosinski AS, Puri V, Burfeind W, Bharat A, Patterson GA, Hofstetter W, Meyers BF. Evaluation of the reliability of clinical staging of T2 N0 esophageal cancer: a review of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Aug.

Puri V, Tran A, Bell JM, Crabtree TD, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Completion pneumonectomy: outcomes for benign and malignant indications. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun.

Robinson CG, DeWees TA, El Naqa IM, Creach KM, Olsen JR, Crabtree TD, Meyers BF, Puri V, Bell JM, Parikh PJ, Bradley JD. Patterns of failure after stereotactic body radiation therapy or lobar resection for clinical stage I non-small-cell lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol. 2013 Feb.

Crabtree T, Puri V, Timmerman R, Fernando H, Bradley J, Decker PA, Paulus R, Putnum JB Jr, Dupuy DE, Meyers B. Treatment of stage I lung cancer in high-risk and inoperable patients: comparison of prospective clinical trials using stereotactic body radiotherapy (RTOG 0236), sublobar resection (ACOSOG Z4032), and radiofrequency ablation (ACOSOG Z4033). J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Mar.

Puri V, Meyers BF. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy for lung cancer. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2013 Jan.

Puri V, Pyrdeck TL, Crabtree TD, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Colditz GA, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Treatment of malignant pleural effusion: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Aug.

Crabtree TD, Puri V, Bell JM, Bontumasi N, Patterson GA, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Meyers BF. Outcomes and perception of lung surgery with implementation of a patient video education module: a prospective cohort study. J Am Coll Surg. 2012 May.

Puri V, Zoole JB, Musick J, Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Crabtree TD, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Handheld office-based spirometry versus laboratory spirometry in low-risk patients undergoing lung resection. Innovations (Phila). 2011 Jul.

Puri V, Crabtree TD, Kymes S, Gregory M, Bell J, Bradley JD, Robinson C, Patterson GA, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Meyers BF. A comparison of surgical intervention and stereotactic body radiation therapy for stage I lung cancer in high-risk patients: a decision analysis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Feb.

Puri V, Orellana FA, Singer GG, Wald MS. Diaphragmatic defect complicating peritoneal dialysis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Oct.

Puri V, Guthrie T, Scavuzzo M, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Single-lung transplantation in the setting of aborted bilateral lung transplantation. J Transplant. 2011.

Puri V, Hu Y, Guthrie T, Crabtree TD, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Retrograde jejunogastric decompression after esophagectomy is superior to nasogastric drainage. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Aug.

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