Dr. Michael S. Mulligan
Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program
University of Connecticut - 1989
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Michigan
Overview and Professional Highlights
Dr. Michael S. Mulligan, specialist in Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), is the current Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and associate professor at the University of Washington. He began a career in the academic field in 1998 at the University of Michigan as a lecturer in Thoracic Surgery. From there, he transferred to the University of Washington to take a position as Assistant Professor in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division in 1999. Four years later, in 2003, he was promoted to Associate professor.
He began his career by earning his bachelors degree from Tufts University. From there, he went on to receive his M.D. Degree from University of Connecticut in 1989. He completed his Surgical Residency Program at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical center in 1995. After that, he completed multiple fellowships at the University of Michigan in the Department of Pathology, research, heart and lung transplantation, thoracic surgery, and general thoracic surgery.
Dr. Mulligan specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, mesothelioma (including peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma), and sarcoma. As a leader in cardiothoracic surgery, he has performed hundreds of lung transplants and thousands of additional thoracic surgeries at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). As part of the University of Washington, UWMC focuses on advancing public health by providing specialty medical attention to residents in the area. In addition, the University has been ranked the top medical school for preparing health professionals.
As Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Mr. Mulligan performs and teaches video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). This is a highly specialized and much less invasive surgical technique that allows doctors to perform chest surgery through small chest incisions. It works by inserting a camera into the small incision to provide guidance throughout the surgery. This rare form of surgery only offered at 30 medical centers across the country.
In addition to his clinical interests, his research focuses on regulation of broncholitis obliterans, mediators involved in acute transplant dysfunction, cytokine and adgesion molecule regulation of acute lung injuries.
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