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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
  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy in a Patient With Tetralogy of Fallot and Right-Sided Aortic Arch.
    Thomas MJ, Bartlett HL, Bassetti MF, Lubner SJ, Kirvassilis G, Anagnostopoulos PV, Maloney JD, Macke RA
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):e77-e79.
    [PubMed ID: 28007281]
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  • Cardiothoracic surgery education: The times they are a changin'.
    Macke RA
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2016 Nov 19.
    [PubMed ID: 27988027]
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  • Peter Piper's pursuit of a perfect, parsimonious predictive model for prolonged air leaks.
    Macke RA
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2017 Mar; 153(3):688-689.
    [PubMed ID: 27876496]
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  • Chest Discomfort and Longstanding Dyspnea on Exertion.
    Macke RA, Templin TP, Blasberg JD
    JAMA Surg 2016 Oct 01; 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 2017 Feb 01; 123(3):410-419.
    [PubMed ID: 27680893, PMC ID: 5258774]
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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 Dec; 102(6):1854-1862.
    [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 Dec; 152(6):e129-e131.
    [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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