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Ryan A. Macke, MD

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(608) 263-6551

600 Highland Avenue
H4/318 CSC
Madison, WI 53792

(608) 265-6450

Ryan A. Macke, MD

Assistant Professor
Section of Thoracic Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2000
  • MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2005
  • Residency in General Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 2007
  • Residency in General Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2010
  • Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012
  • Fellowship in Advanced General and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Macke is certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in general and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. His practice includes the treatment of diseases of the esophagus/foregut, lung, mediastinum, chest wall, and diaphragm. Dr. Macke utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc.) to the management of esophageal and gastroesophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, lung cancer, and other malignancies of the chest. In addition, he has a particular interest in benign diseases of the esophagus and foregut, including the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motility disorders, esophageal diverticula, giant paraesophageal hernias, and other hernias of the diaphragm.

Dr. Macke provides a wide range of services including Advanced Lung Disease Program, Bronchoscopy, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection for Barrett's Esophagus, Endoscopic Photodynamic Therapy, Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS), Fluoresence Endoscopic Surveillance, Laparoscopic and Robotic Nissen Fundoplication, Laparoscopic and Robotic Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy, Redo Anti-Reflux Surgery, Segmentectomy, Thoracoscopic Lobectomy, Thoracoscopic Lymphadenectomy, Thoracoscopic Talc Pleurodesis, Thoracoscopic Thymectomy, Thoracotomy (Vertical Muscle Sparing Incision), and Wedge Resection.

Research Interests

Dr. Macke’s research interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal cancer, novel and minimally invasive techniques for surgical management of diseases of the chest, thoracic oncology outcomes, surgical education (patient and physician training), and simulation training.

Recent Publications
  • Chest Discomfort and Longstanding Dyspnea on Exertion.
    Macke RA, Templin TP, Blasberg JD
    JAMA Surg 2016 Oct 1; 151(10):979-980.
    [PubMed ID: 27533325]
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  • Utilization of surgical treatment for local and locoregional esophageal cancer: Analysis of the National Cancer Data Base.
    Taylor LJ, Greenberg CC, Lidor AO, Leverson GE, Maloney JD, Macke RA
    Cancer 2016 Sep 28.
    [PubMed ID: 27680893]
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  • Reply.
    Macke RA, Luketich JD, Pennathur A, Levy RM
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2016 Sep; 102(3):1027-8.
    [PubMed ID: 27549525]
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  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomy for Lung Cancer: Current Practice Patterns and Predictors of Adoption.
    Blasberg JD, Seder CW, Leverson G, Shan Y, Maloney JD, Macke RA
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2016 Sep 1.
    [PubMed ID: 27592603]
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  • Isolated intrapulmonary teratoma.
    Ditah C, Templin T, Mandal R, Pinchot JW, Macke RA
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2016 Aug 5.
    [PubMed ID: 27576374]
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  • Work hard, play hard-especially with the little ones.
    Macke RA
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2016 Aug; 152(2):360-1.
    [PubMed ID: 27140169]
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  • Outpatient air leak management after lobectomy: a CMS cost analysis.
    Schmocker RK, Vanness DJ, Macke RA, Akhter SA, Maloney JD, Blasberg JD
    J. Surg. Res. 2016 Jun 15; 203(2):390-7.
    [PubMed ID: 27363648, PMC ID: 4926869]
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  • The concept of intraoperative, "unsuspected" N2: It's suspect.
    Macke RA
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2016 May; 151(5):1389-90.
    [PubMed ID: 26874606]
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  • Digging Deeper to Understand the Challenges of Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy.
    Macke RA
    Semin. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2016; 28(1):180-1.
    [PubMed ID: 27568158]
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  • Resident Perception of Technical Skills Education and Preparation for Independent Practice.
    Odell DD, Macke RA, Tchantchaleishvili V, Loor G, Nelson JS, LaPar DJ, LaZar JF, Wei B, DeNino WF, Berfield K, Stein W, Youssef SJ, Nguyen TC
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2015 Dec; 100(6):2305-12; discussion 2312-3.
    [PubMed ID: 26410161]
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