Dr. Jon Wee

Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
23 years experience

Locations

Office

Boston, MA

Address

Brigham & Women's Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA
Directions

About

Bio

He is board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. After graduating from Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his Surgery residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He then went to the University of Pittsburgh for training in cardiothoracic surgery under Dr. James Luketich. While in Pittsburgh, he was also a visiting fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he worked with Dr. Valerie Rusch and Dr. Manjit Baines. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery for thoracic and esophageal diseases. Some of his particular interests include the following: <em>Minimally invasive esophagectomy for cancer</em>. Using thoracoscopic and laparoscopic techniques, the diseased esophagus is mobilized, resected, and reconstructed with minimal trauma. The goal is improved recovery and return to activity with less pain and a complete oncologic resection. <em>Video assisted lobectomy</em>. Lung resection for cancer often requires a large thoracotomy incision with spreading of the ribs. VATS lobectomy uses three small incisions without any spreading of the ribs. A camera is used to assist the dissection of sensitive blood vessels and lung structures. Less pain and quicker recovery are the goals. If chemotherapy is deemed necessary after surgery, patients are healthier and can more reliably begin their adjuvant therapy. <em>GERD, Giant Paraesophageal Hernias, Achalasia, Diverticulum</em>. A variety of benign esophageal diseases can be treated through laparoscopic or thoracoscopic techniques. <em>Video assisted Thymectomy</em>. Whether for myasthenia gravis or thymic tumor, a VATS thymectomy can help avoid large sternotomy incisions by approaching the tumor though 3 mm incisions in the chest. <em>Hyperhydrosis</em>. VATS sympathectomy can reduce or alleviate excessive sweating from the face, axilla, and hands by disrupting the sympathetic nerve conduction through small 3 mm incisions. <em>Radiofrequency ablation and cyberknife therapy for tumors</em>. Patients who are too high risk for conventional surgery can still have options for treatment of their tumors. RFA and cyberknife provide low risk options for local tumor control. <em>Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF).</em> The TIF procedure uses endoscopy to address moderate-to-severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It has been shown to be effective in patients with severe reflux esophagitis, chronic regurgitation, recurrent aspiration, chronic vocal cord edema, or for those who simply wish to stop taking chronic antireflux medication. Approximately 80% of patients get relief of symptoms and stop taking medication. Most patients have minimal pain and experience few, if any, symptoms of dysphagia after the procedure. Patients who undergo TIF are not precluded from future laparoscopic surgery, if it becomes necessary. Patient selection is an important factor, as patients with large hiatal hernia are not candidates for this approach. <em>Robotic thoracic surgery.</em> Robotic surgery, using the DaVinci Surgical Robot system, is another minimally invasive approach that can be used for a variety of thoracic conditions including but not limited to lung cancer, complex mediastinal disease, esophageal cancer, thymic resection, and benign esophageal diseases such as achalasia and paraesophageal hernias. Although many of these complex procedures are routinely performed laparoscopically and thoracoscopically, the robotic approach is ideal in situations where the additional level of dexterity and control provided by the robotic instrumentation permits improved visualization and better dissection. The robotic approach, for example, can facilitate operation in an obese patient undergoing a complex operation, who might otherwise be precluded from minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Wee's research interest is in studying the effects of minimally invasive surgery on patient outcomes, developing new techniques and technology for minimal access surgery, lung and esophageal cancer, and pathogenesis of reflux, hernias, and cancer.

Specialties
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Thoracic Surgery, Board Certified

Doctor Q&A

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A 43-year-old male asked:
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Dr. Jon Wee answered
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Spasms and reflux: You may also want to explore esophageal spasm and acid reflux causes.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
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Acid is not the issu: Reflux is a disease that is more than just acid. We reflux bile, enzymes, fluid and other gastric components, and they all reflux. The anti-acid med ... Read More
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Multiple risks: Risks can be extensive, but when you are a candidate for a lung transplant, it means your lung function is quite poor and your long term chances of su ... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wee is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wee is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1997MD
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