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Thomas Varghese Jr.

Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, MBA, FACS, MAMSE

University of Utah
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
30 N 1900 East, SOM 3C-127
Salt Lake City, UT  84132
United States
1 801 581-5311
1 801-585-5204 (alternative)
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


Chief - Section of General Thoracic Surgery, University of Utah (2015-present)
Chief Value Officer, Huntsman Cancer Institute (2018-present)
Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer, Huntsman Cancer Hospital (2022-present)
Executive Medical Director (Interim) - Huntsman Cancer Institute (2019-2022)
Program Director, CT Surgery Residency, University of Utah (2016-2021)
Co-Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute (2015-2018)
Associate Program Director, CT Surgery Residency, University of Utah (2015-2016)
Associate Professor of Surgery (Tenure), University of Utah (2015-present)
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Washington (2012-2015)
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Washington (2007-2012))
Medical Director, Thoracic Surgery, Harborview Medical Center (2007-2015)
Associate Program Director, CT Surgery Residency, University of Washington (2010-2015)

Other Interests

Thoracic Oncology
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Health Services Research


Dr. Varghese is a health services researcher whose clinical, research and operational experience are on the optimization of patient health before surgery, surgeon performance and health system outcomes. He helped create the American College of Surgeons Strong for Surgery program ( and is a co-PI on the National Cancer Institute RO1-funded clinical trial on the role of Precision Exercise Prescription (PEP) for elective lung cancer surgical resection ( ).

Dr. Varghese holds several national leadership positions in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, Society of University Surgeons and CTSNet. He is the SUS President 2024-2025. 

Additional Educational Information

Executive Masters in Business Administration, University of Utah (MBA 2022)
University of Michigan CT Surgery Fellowship (2005-2007)
Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Northwestern University (MS 2003)
Northwestern University General Surgery Residency (1998-2005)
Research Fellowship, Northwestern University Div. of Organ Transplantation (1997-1998; 2001-2003)
Rotating Resident Internship, Government Medical College - Trivandrum, Kerala India (1995-1996)
Government Medical College - Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India (MD 1995)