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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
  • Work hard, play hard-especially with the little ones.
    Macke RA
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2016 Apr 9.
    [PubMed ID: 27140169]
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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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  • 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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  • Thoracic Esophageal Diverticula: A 15-Year Experience of Minimally Invasive Surgical Management.
    Macke RA, Luketich JD, Pennathur A, Bianco V, Awais O, Gooding WE, Christie NA, Schuchert MJ, Nason KS, Levy RM
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2015 Nov; 100(5):1795-802.
    [PubMed ID: 26387723]
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  • The Surgical Apgar Score in esophagectomy.
    Janowak CF, Blasberg JD, Taylor L, Maloney JD, Macke RA
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2015 Oct; 150(4):806-12.
    [PubMed ID: 26234458]
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  • Resident Perceptions of 2-Year Versus 3-Year Cardiothoracic Training Programs.
    Nguyen TC, Terwelp MD, Stephens EH, Odell DD, Loor G, LaPar DJ, DeNino WF, Wei B, Aftab M, Macke RA, Nelson JS, Berfield KS, Lazar JF, Stein W, Youssef SJ, Tchantchaleishvili V
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2015 Jun; 99(6):2070-5; discussion 2075-6.
    [PubMed ID: 25863731]
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  • Parenchymal preserving anatomic resections result in less pulmonary function loss in patients with Stage I non-small cell lung cancer.
    Macke RA, Schuchert MJ, Odell DD, Wilson DO, Luketich JD, Landreneau RJ
    J Cardiothorac Surg 2015; 10():49.
    [PubMed ID: 25888465, PMC ID: 4382835]
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  • Pharyngeal perforation and tracheopharyngeal fistula caused by foreign body impaction.
    Macke RA, Foxwell T, Luketich JD, Nason KS
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2015 Feb; 99(2):e31-5.
    [PubMed ID: 25639441, PMC ID: 4384180]
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  • Minimally invasive enucleation of a large, extensively calcified esophageal leiomyoma.
    Macke RA, Luketich JD, Nason KS, Schuchert MJ
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2014 Apr; 147(4):e52-4.
    [PubMed ID: 24521964]
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  • Minimally Invasive Resection of Benign Esophageal Lesions.
    Macke RA, Nason KS
    Oper Tech Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2014; 19(4):396-413.
    [PubMed ID: 26120282, PMC ID: 4479217]
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