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Brian Mitzman

Brian Mitzman, MD MS FACS FCCP

University of Utah
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
30 N 1900 East, SOM 3C-127
Salt Lake City, UT  84132
United States
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic



Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator
Director of Robotic Thoracic Surgery, HCI
Asst Program Director for Surgical Robotics, General Surgery Residency

  • Editorial Board, JTCVS
  • Editorial Board, Annals of Thoracic Surgery
  • Associate Editor, CTSNet - Interviews and Roundtables
  • Editorial Board, STS Online Curriculum
  • Member, ACGME Milestones 2.0 Thoracic Surgery Workgroup
  • Member, ACS Thoracic Surgery Decision-Making Workgroup
  • Co-Chair, STS Taskforce on Virtual Meetings
  • 2017 CTSNet Resident Video Competition, 1st Place
  • 2017 STS Top Gun Finalist
  • 2016 STS Jeopardy Finalist
  • 2016 TSRA/STS Traveling Fellow



Other Interests

Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
Robotic Surgery
Innovation in Surgical Technology
Translational and Outcomes Research


Selected Publications:

Kent M, Hartwig M, Vallieres E, Abbas A, Cerfolio R, Dylewski M, Fabian T, Herrera L, Jett K, Lazzaro R, Meyers B, Mitzman B, Reddy R, Reed M, Rice D, Ross P, Sakharia N, Schumacher L, Tisol W, Wigle D, Zervos M.  Pulmonary Open, Robotic and Thoracoscopic Lobectomy (PORTaL) Study: An Analysis of 5,721 Cases.  Ann Surg. 2021; In Press.

Angel LF, Amoroso NE, Rafeq S, Mitzman B, Goldenberg R, Shekar SP, Troxel AB, Zhang Y, Chang SH, Kwak P, Amin MR, Sureau K, Nafday HB, Thomas S, Kon Z, Sommer PM, Segal LN, Moore WH, Cerfolio R.  Percutaneous Dilational Tracheostomy for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients Requiring Mechanical Ventilation.  Crit Care Med. 2021; In Press.

Antonoff MB, *Mitzman B, Backhus L, et al.  Society of Thoracic Surgeons Virtual Conference taskforce: Recommendations for Hosting a Virtual Surgical Meeting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020;In Press. Doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.10008
*Co-First Author

Rai A, Chang AP, Soo S, Thomas J, Ackerman J, Mitzman B, Bender MT. Novel Approaches in the Post-Tracheostomy Care of the COVID-19 Patient. Crit Care Innov. 2020;3:13-19. doi:10.32114/CCI.2020.

Brownlee A, Mitzman B, Ferguson MK. Outpatient Thoracoscopic Mediastinal Biopsy: a Safe and Cost Effective Approach. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020; In Press. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.056

Angel L, Kon ZN, Chang SH, Rafeq S, Shekar SP, Mitzman B, Amoroso N, Goldenberg R, Sureau K, Smith D, Cerfolio RJ. Novel Percutaneous Tracheostomy for Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19.  Ann Thorac Surg. 2020;1100:1006-11. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.010

Mitzman B, Beller JP, Edgar L. Thoracic Surgery Milestones 2.0: Rationale and Revision. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020;S0022-5223(20)30528-6. doi:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.12.132

Ferguson MK, Mitzman B, Lin J, Derstine BA, Lee SM,  Pienta MJ, Wang SC. A Morphomic Index is an Independent Predictor of Survival After Lung Cancer Resection.  Ann Thorac Surg. 2020.  

Balkhy HH, Kitahara H, Mitzman B, Nisivaco S.  Robotic totally Endoscopic Beating Heart Bypass to the Right Coronary Artery: First Worldwide Experience.  European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2019;0:1-6.

Mitzman, Brian; Schipper, Paul H; Edwards, Melanie A; Kim, Sunghee; Ferguson, Mark K. 'Complications after Esophagectomy are Associated with Extremes of Body Mass Index'. Annals of thoracic surgery. 2018;106:973-80

Krantz, Seth B; Mitzman, Brian; Lutfi, Waseem; Kuchta, Kristine; Wang, Chi-Hsiung; Howington, John A; Kim, Ki Wan. 'Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Shows No Survival Advantage to Chemotherapy Alone in Stage IIIA Patients'. Annals of thoracic surgery. 2018 105(4):1008-1016 (# 3214762)

Mitzman, Brian; Lutfi, Waseem; Wang, Chi-Hsiung; Krantz, Seth; Howington, John A; Kim, Ki-Wan. 'Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy Provides Equivalent Survival to Open Esophagectomy: An Analysis of the National Cancer Database'. Seminars in thoracic & cardiovascular surgery. 2016 29(2):244-253 (# 3214742)

Mitzman, Brian; Cottam, Daniel; Goriparthi, Richie; Cottam, Samuel; Zaveri, Hinali; Surve, Amit; Roslin, Mitchell S. 'Stomach Intestinal Pylorus Sparing (SIPS) Surgery for Morbid Obesity: Retrospective Analyses of Our Preliminary Experience'. Obesity surgery. 2016 26(9):2098


Additional Educational Information

University at Buffalo (B.S. 2006)
University at Buffalo (M.D. 2010)
Lenox Hill Hospital, General Surgery Residency (2010 - 2015)
University of Chicago, Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship (2015 - 2018)