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Tara Semenkovich

Tara Semenkovich, M.D., M.P.H.S.

Ascension - Columbia St. Mary's Hospital
2301 North Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI  53211
United States
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


MD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (2013)
General Surgery Residency: BJC/Washington University (2019)
MPHS: Washington University School of Public Health (2017)
Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship: BJC/Washington University (2019–2023)

Select Honors/Awards:
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons President’s Award, 55th Annual Meeting
- Samuel A. Wells, Jr. Clinical Outcomes Research Award
- AATS Foundation Intuitive Robotics Fellowship

Other Interests

- Lung cancer
- Esophageal tumors & disorders
- Robotic surgery


Semenkovich TR, Yan Y, Subramanian M, Meyers BF, Kozower BD, Nava R, Patterson  GA, Kreisel D,  Puri V. A Clinical Nomogram for Predicting Node Positive Disease in Esophageal Cancer. Ann Surg. 2021 Jun 1;273(6):e214-e221.

Semenkovich TR, Frederiksen C, Hudson JL, Subramanian, M, Kollef MH, Patterson GA, Kreisel D, Meyers BF, Kozower BD, Puri V. Postoperative Pneumonia Prevention in Pulmonary Resections: A Feasibility Pilot Study. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Jan;107(1):262-270.

Semenkovich TR, Subramanian M, Yan Y, Hofstetter WL, Correa AM, Cassivi SD, Inra ML, Stiles BM, Altorki NK, Chang AC, Brescia AA, Darling GE, Allison F, Broderick SR, Etchill EW, Fernandex FG, Chihara RK, Litle VR, Muñoz-Largacha JA, Kozower BD, Puri V, Meyers BF. Adjuvant Treatment for Node Positive Esophageal Cancer after Induction Therapy and Surgery Improves Survival – A Multisite Study. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Sep;108(3):828-836.

Semenkovich TR, Frye CC, Harrison MS, Subramanian M, Kozower BD, Meyers BF, Puri V. The Role of Small or Single-Institution Prospective Studies in Thoracic Research. J Thorac Dis. 2019 Mar;11(Suppl 4):S555-S561. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2019.01.18. Review.

Semenkovich TR, Hudson JL, Subramanian M, Mullady DK, Meyers BF, Puri V, Kozower BD. Trends in Treatment of T1N0 Esophageal Cancer. Ann Surg. 2019 Sep;270(3):434-443. 

Semenkovich TR, Puri V. Surgery vs SBRT: Definitive Evidence is Still Elusive. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Jan;157(1):374-375.

Semenkovich TR, Panni R, Thomas T, Elmore LC, Hudson JL, Meyers BF, Kozower BD, Puri V. Comparative Effectiveness of Upfront Esophagectomy vs Induction Chemoradiation in Clinical Stage T2N0 Esophageal Cancer. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 May;155(5):2221-2230.e1. 

Semenkovich TR, Olsen MA, Puri V, Meyers BF, Kozower BD. Current State of Empyema Management. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Jun;105(6):1589-1596. 

Semenkovich TR, Samson PP, Hudson JL, Subramanian M, Meyers BF, Kozower BD, Kreisel D, Patterson GA, Robinson CG, Bradley JD, Puri V. Induction Radiation Therapy for Esophageal Cancer: Does Dose Affect Outcomes? Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Nov 13. pii: S0003-4975(18)31642-4. 

Semenkovich TR, Hudson JL, Subramanian M, Kozower BD. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) in Thoracic Surgery. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Autumn;30(3):342-349.

Semenkovich TR, Meyers BF. Understanding the Impact of Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation on Health-Related Quality of Life in Esophageal Cancer. Video Assist Thorac Surg. 2018 Jul;3, pii:26.

Semenkovich TR, Meyers BF, Kozower BD, Puri V. The Role of a Decision Analysis in Treatment of T2N0 Esophageal Cancer. J Thorac Dis 2018 Oct:10(Suppl 26):S3309-S3310.

Semenkovich TR. Delving into the Details of Post-Pneumonectomy Prognosis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Dec;156(6):2366-2367.

Semenkovich TR, Meyers BF. Primary small cell cancer of the esophagus: understanding treatment outcomes. J Thorac Dis 2018 Apr:10(Suppl 9):S1025-S1028. 

Semenkovich TR, Meyers BF. Surveillance versus Esophagectomy in Esophageal Cancer Patients with a Complete Clinical Response after Induction Chemoradiation. Ann Transl Med. 2018 Feb;6(4):81. 

Hudson J*, Semenkovich T*, Puri V. Oncologic Quality Indicators in Thoracic Surgery. Thoracic Surgery Clinics. 2017 Aug;27(3):227-244. *co-first

Semenkovich, T, Klingensmith M. “Ovarian Mass/Cyst – Incidental.” SCORE. Surgical Council on Resident Education Inc. March 17, 2017.

Semenkovich TR, Puri V. Chapter 4 – Clinical Features of Esophageal Disease. Pearson’s Thoracic Surgery.