01. Doctor Overview
Dr. Reinersman’s practice often includes emerging methods and new technologies, like robotic surgery. He helped introduce the use of this surgery method at OU Health – University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Dr. Reinersman often uses robotic surgery for lung cancer and other masses in the chest. Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for some patients. In these cases, other treatments or types of surgery may be available.
Dr. Reinersman is also the Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic. This clinic is part of the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center. Screenings are an important tool for early cancer detection and treatment. Patients with early-stage cancer may have different treatment options available than late-stage patients.
During his time as director of the Lung Cancer Screening Clinic, the OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center has achieved national recognition. The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer designated the center as a Screening Center of Excellence.
Various prestigious medical journals have published Dr. Reinersman’s articles about malignant thoracic treatments. These journals include Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Annals of Surgical Oncology.
02. Fast Facts
Doctor Fast Facts
Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Other Interests & Specialties: Benign esophageal disorders, chest wall surgery, enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), LINX reflux management system for GERD, mesothelioma, navigational bronchoscopy, preoperative risk stratification, pulmonary metastasectomy, robotic/minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer, robotic/VATS lobectomy for lung cancer and uniportal VATS.
Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in General Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic Surgery, champion of the 2014 Masters Cup of Thoracic Surgery, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and the General Thoracic Surgical Club, nominee for the 2012 String of Pearls Award, peer reviewer for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, recipient of the 2014 AATS Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship Award, recipient of the 2014 OT Clagett Travel Fellowship Award
Education & Experience:
- Medical Degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
- Research Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Residency in General Surgery at Georgetown University
- Residency in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic
- Residency as a Thoracic Surgery Research Scholar at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Better Survival After 4L Lymph Node Dissection for Early-Stage, Left-Sided, Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Are We Debating a False Duality? Annals of Surgical Oncology. July 2019;26(7):1959-960. doi: 10.1245/s10434-019-07382-z
Overview of uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS): past and present. Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery. March 2016;5(2):112-117. doi: 10.21037/acs.2016.03.08
Predictors of Success When Implementing an Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy Program. Journal of Surgical Research. June 2022;274:248-253. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2022.01.025
Are we looking at a surgical black box in the future? The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. January 2015;149(1):62-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.11.016