01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree is a cardiothoracic surgeon affiliated with the SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at the Simmons Cancer Institute. Dr. Crabtree currently serves as professor of surgery and medical director of the surgical skills laboratory at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. He also is affiliated with Decatur Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Crabtree specializes in thoracic surgery for cancer, with a particular interest in treatment for lung disorders like pleural mesothelioma. He has also been involved in numerous clinical trials and research studies to advance treatment methods for mesothelioma and other conditions. Dr. Crabtree has authored and co-authored many articles published in highly-regarded medical journals such as The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, among others.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Cancer care, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic Surgery, Regional Top Doctor Award, CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, American College of Surgeons Fellow

Education & Experience:

  • Residency for General Surgery at University of Virginia
  • Fellowship for Thoracic Surgery at Washington University
  • Medical Degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
03. Publications


ACR Appropriateness Criteria Review ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Occupational Lung DiseasesJournal of Thoracic Imaging. January 2016;31(1):W1-3. doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000194

Does surgeon experience affect outcomes in pathologic stage I lung cancer? Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. April 2015;149(4):998-1004.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.12.032

Utility of mediastinoscopy in clinical stage I lung cancers at risk for occult mediastinal nodal metastasesJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. January 2015;149(1):35-41, 42.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.08.075

Intraoperative conversion from video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy to open thoracotomy: A study of causes and implicationsJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. January 2015;149(1):55-61, 62.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.08.074

Does the method of radiologic surveillance affect survival after resection of stage I non-small cell lung cancer? Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. January 2015;149(1):45-52, 53.e1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.07.095

Treatment of stage I lung cancer in high-risk and inoperable patients: SBRT vs. RFA vs. sublobar resectionAnnals of Cardiothorac Surgery. March 2014; 3(2): 167–169. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2225-319X.2014.03.04

National patterns of care and outcomes after combined modality therapy for stage IIIA non-small-cell lung cancerJournal of Thoracic Oncology. May 2014;9(5):612-21. doi: 10.1097/JTO.0000000000000152

Analysis of first recurrence and survival in patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer treated with surgical resection or stereotactic radiation therapyJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery April 2014;147(4):1183-1191; discussion 1191-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2013.11.057

Completion pneumonectomy: outcomes for benign and malignant indicationsAnnals of Thoracic Surgery. June 2013;95(6):1885-90; discussion 1890-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.04.014