Stephen D. Cassivi, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Stephen Cassivi studied in Political Science as well as Biology before receiving his Doctorate in Medicine with Magna cum Laude honors from the University of Ottawa where he was elected President of his Medical School class. Following medical school, he completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Toronto, Canada and was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also obtained certification from the American Board of Surgery. He completed a subspecialty fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and is further certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Following his training in St. Louis, Dr. Cassivi accepted a position in the Division of General Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he has holds the academic rank of Professor of Surgery. Dr. Cassivi served as Surgical Director of the Lung Transplantation Program at Mayo Clinic from 2004-2012. In 2013, Dr. Cassivi was appointed as Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery with responsibilities and oversight of the clinical practice.

In 1998, Dr. Cassivi was awarded the 1st Annual C. Walton Lillehei Award for research in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He continues to be involved in research in the field of end-stage lung disease and his current focus includes stem cell-related lung and esophageal regeneration. Dr. Cassivi is also engaged in clinical research and has served as surgical principal investigator on a various studies in Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Cassivi has made scientific presentations both nationally and internationally on various subjects, including Surgical Quality of Care and Patient Safety, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, and the Development of Effective Lung Cancer Screening Programs. He has authored and co-authored over 160 scientific papers and book chapters on a number of medical and surgical topics. Dr. Cassivi was, for five years, the Associate Editor of the Journal of Diseases of the Esophagus, the official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE).

Dr. Cassivi is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Education Committee and the Evarts Graham Fellowship Committee. He is a chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Patient Safety Workforce. He is a past Robert & Mary Stanfield National Scholar in Canadian Bilingual Studies and an A.A. Heaps Canadian National Scholar for contribution to social reform. Dr. Cassivi previously served as a Member of the Ontario Premier’s Council on Health, Well-being and Social Justice.

Terms of Appointment: Mar 2019 - Mar 2021