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Mitchell J Magee, MD

Thoracic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

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130 reviews

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Southwest Cardiothoracic Surgeons

7777 Forest Ln, Suite A307
Dallas, TX 75230

About Mitchell J Magee

Dr. Mitchell J. Magee serves as the Surgical Director of Thoracic Oncology and the Minimally Invasive Therapy Institute for Lung and Esophagus at Medical City Dallas.

He is a member of Southwest Cardiothoracic Surgeons whose practice philosophy is to deliver compassionate world-class care to patients by providing them access to innovative therapies and state of the art techniques.

Dr. Magee is the first surgeon in North Texas to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgeries for cancers of the lung, esophagus and mediastinum. His practice now focuses on general thoracic surgery with a specialization in thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgery.

In 2007, Dr. Magee returned to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute to complete additional fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery. Previously, he completed a thoracic surgery residency at UPMC, his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Southern California, a research fellowship at M.D. Anderson and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

A committed researcher through the Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute (CRSTI), Dr. Magee is a sought after speaker and lecturer at numerous national meetings and has authored over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is active on committees in multiple professional societies including the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), and the General Thoracic Surgery Club (GTSC).

Named one of D Magazine's Best Doctors

Dr. Magee has been honored by D Magazine as one of Dallas’ best doctors in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2016 as well as a Texas Monthly SuperDoc. He and his family have lived in Dallas since 1998. He is a native Texan.

Lung Cancer Surgery Expert – A Q&A With Dr. Magee

Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). It accounts for almost 30 percent of all cancer deaths, approximately 15 percent of all cancer diagnoses. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Despite a continued decline in smoking, lung cancer is still increasing among non-smokers as well as women and can advance to a late stage without any symptoms.

Finding the right specialist is critical:

A thoracic surgeon specializes in treating lung cancer and other diseases of the chest, other than the heart. This is a “super specialist” beyond general and cardiothoracic surgery.

A thoracic surgeon has had years of additional training in their area of expertise (lung cancer). Therefore, you are in the hands of an expert in their field.

Your lung cancer is more likely to be staged correctly - (Stages 1, 2, 3 or 4) if you consult with a thoracic surgeon, which in turn is critical in receiving the correct treatment based on stage. Your long-term prognosis is more likely to be positive if you are treated by a surgeon who specializes in lung cancer. That is a thoracic surgeon.

An experienced thoracic surgeon will more likely use minimally-invasive techniques with greater results due to his or her specialized training and expertise for your lung cancer. Studies have shown that risks are lower and cure rates higher when lung cancer procedures are performed by thoracic surgeons compared to general or cardiothoracic surgeons.

It is a quality of life issue. I was the first surgeon in North Texas to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic and thorascopic surgeries for lung, esophagus, and mediastinum (area between the lungs). These are advanced surgical techniques using high-definition imaging technology and precision instruments. We work through tiny incisions to perform these procedures. In comparison with traditional surgery, patients of mine have access to these newer, more advanced, less-invasive surgical procedures.
Your primary care physician should send you to a thoracic surgeon to treat a condition that involves your lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, or chest wall. I work with primary care physicians in North Texas to help them evaluate and manage abnormal CT (computerized tomography) scans- -those that appear suspicious or indicate any abnormalities. If you are at an increased risk for lung cancer, due to a family history or if you have ever smoked, you really should consider a low-dose radiation CT scan; consider it prevention.


Medical School
University of Texas Medical School - Houston, TX

University of Southern California, General Surgery

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Heart, Minimally Invasive Surgery
University of Southern California, Surgery

M.D. Anderson, Research
Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Certifications & Memberships

Cardiothoracic Surgeon



Languages Spoken



Thoracic Surgery
Laparoscopic Surgery

Office Locations

Southwest Cardiothoracic Surgeons
7777 Forest Ln
Suite A307
Dallas, TX 75230
Phone: (972) 566-4866
Fax: (972) 566-2469

Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm