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01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Gary M. Hochheiser is the director of thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, as well as the medical director for the Lung Screening Program at Maine Medical Center in Scarborough, Maine. He has been with Maine Medical Center as a partner since 2016, returning after completing his residency at the center in 2001 and a fellowship with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2004.

Dr. Hoccheiser specializes in minimally invasive procedures to treat thoracic diseases, including pleural mesothelioma. His interests include lung-sparing cancer surgery, surgical treatment of lung and esophageal cancer and treating diseases of the esophagus. He is board-certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery, and is currently pursuing a certification in surgical oncology.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Esophageal cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, sarcoma, thoracic surgery and minimally invasive procedures in the treatment of thoracic diseases.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certified in Surgery, Vitals Patient Choice Award, Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition

Education & Experience:

  • Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery for Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Residency in General Surgery at Maine Medical Center
  • Medical Degree from University of Vermont College of Medicine
03. Publications


Inhaled Epoprostenol During One-Lung VentilationThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery. March 2010; 89(3): 981-983. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.07.059

Thoracic disk herniation resulting in acutely progressing paraplegia in a pediatric patientPediatric Emergency Care. August 2008;24(8):550-3. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318180ff1d