01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Neil A. Christie has spent years building his expertise of lung cancer since obtaining his medical degree in 1987. Currently, he serves as the Director of the LIFE Bronchoscopy and Early Lung Cancer Detection Program at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. He has also served as Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery.

As the author or co-author of numerous publications, with a critical 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.

Dr. Christie also 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.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Surgery, thoracic and cardiac surgery, antireflux surgery, fluorescent bronchoscopy, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology and thoracic stereotactic radiosurgery.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: Board Certifications in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, member of the Canadian Medical Association, member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from University of Toronto Graduate Medical Education
  • Residency in General Surgery at University of Toronto
  • Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Fellowship for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • General Comprehensive Internship at the Toronto Western Hospital
03. Publications


Management of pleural space: effusions and empyemaThe Surgery Clinics of North America. October 2010;90(5):919-34. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2010.07.003