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Neil A. Christie, M.D.

Dr. Christie
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Neil A. Christie

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

5115 Centre Avenue, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 623-2025

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Queen’s University

University of Toronto - 1987

University of Toronto and Cleveland Clinic Foundation

University of Pittsburgh and Cleveland Clinic

Educational Background

Dr. Neil A. Christie received his B.S. degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and subsequently received his M.D. at the University of Toronto. From 1987-1988, Dr. Christie participated in a General Comprehensive Internship at the Toronto Western Hospital. Subsequently, he was a Resident at University of Toronto for General Surgery from 1988-1995 and a Resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for Cardiothoracic Surgery from 1995-1998. Dr. Christie’s Fellowship for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery was at the University of Pittsburgh from 1998-1999.

Along with Surgery as his Specialty, Dr. Christie’s Sub-Specialty is in Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Christie is board certified in Thoracic Surgery, specifically, Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery.

Professional Highlights

Currently, Dr. Christie is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Department of Med-Cardiothoracic Surgery. Along with this, Dr. Christie is the Director of the Lung Imaging Fluorescence Endoscope (LIFE) Bronchoscopy, an FDA approved procedure for the early detection of lung cancer. Dr. Christie is also the Director of the Early Lung Cancer Detection Program.

Clinical Research

Dr. Christie’s main research interests include antireflux surgery, fluorescent bronchoscopy, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology and thoracic stereotactic radiosurgery.

Affiliations and Publications

As the author or co-author of numerous publications, with a critical and main focus on his research interests, Dr. Christie is a leader in thoracic surgery. In several papers, Dr. Christie wrote about the problems with surgical complications of malignant pleural effusions, a common and deadly symptom of pleural mesothelioma.

Further, Dr. Christie continuously researches and investigates minimally invasive thoracic surgery, a medical boon for patients suffering from lung cancer, pleural effusions and mesothelioma. His research and subsequent publications have resulted in medical treatment breakthroughs for patients by ensuring that surgeons operate less invasively where possible.

Dr. Christie is an active member of the Canadian Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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