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Donald E. Low, MD, FACS
Donald E. Low, MD, FACS
Would recommend provider
 
4.7 out of 5 stars

89 Patient Ratings
26 Comments

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  • Education
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Specialties
Esophageal Cancer, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cancer, Esophageal Diseases, Esophageal Surgery, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Board Certifications
General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, Canada
Thoracic Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, Canada
American Board of Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Joined Virginia Mason - January 1991

Patient Ratings
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Would recommend provider
 
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
 
4.8 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
 
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
 
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
 
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
 
4.7 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
 
4.7 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
 
4.6 out of 5 stars

Patient Comments
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August 2017
Dr. Low made me feel everything will work out well. Very reassuring.

August 2017
Dr. Low is fantastic I have great confidence in him.

July 2017
I felt very safe and in excellent hands with Dr. Low and his staff. #9. 100%.

July 2017
I felt very confident in Dr. Low´s procedure - I also would refer him to others if they want the best doctor.

June 2017
Very good. Explained things so we understood what he said to me, my daughter, & my son - Were very impressed with my doctor, he is professional, pleasant, very human.

May 2017
Dr. Low is excellent. He gave me hope and confidence. I was privileged to have him as my doctor. I am hopeful to see him again. Dr. Low looks for anyway to help.

May 2017
Dr. Low put me at ease, answered all my questions, and was completely understandable.

March 2017
Very good experience.

March 2017
Dr. Low is very helpful and takes all the time needed to explain things and make sure I understood.

March 2017
Dr. Low even was able to get a surgeon needed for further treatment to come to his office to converse with me about the surgery.

March 2017
Dr. Low is professional and friendly. He goes above and beyond with his care and concern. I have great faith in his skills. Dr. Rachel Heneghan (intern) very personable, knowledgeable and made me feel at ease!

February 2017
Excellent medical staff.

January 2017
Dr. Low is very confident, which is reassuring. He is also very professional.

November 2016
Dr. was abrupt & impatient would answer before I finished questions. I felt like he was in a hurry to move on.

September 2016
Dr.Low - thank you for your kind, concern and professional approach to my care. The resident intern - excellent! Donald E. Low MD.

August 2016
There are all 5´s, not to be nice but to genuinely rate this care I received -

August 2016
Dr. Low and Dr. Trottman were the BEST!

August 2016
Dr. Low and his team are the best doctors ever. Very caring and thorough.

July 2016
What is "routine" to doctor and ARNP is a first time experience to patient. Although Dr. showed a gentle, caring face and tone, the whole appointment seemed too rushed.

July 2016
Dr. Low and his residents are exceptional professionals.

June 2016
I feel very confident with Dr. Low and his staff.

June 2016
Coming from the Boston area I thought only Mass General could provide the best care. I was wrong. Virginia Mason has exceeded all my expectations. #9. 100%.

June 2016
I feel that Dr. Low spoke to my spouse - not to me - the patient.

May 2016
Excellent team!

April 2016
Dr. Low is such a wonderful doctor! So patient & helpful.

March 2016
Wonderful rapport with this doctor.

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Areas(s) of Expertise
Esophageal resection, cancer and benign disorders
Primary and revisional antireflux surgery
Pulmonary resection, cancer and benign disorders
Management of pneumothorax, pleural effusions and pleural-based malignancy and hyperhydrosis
Treatment of benign and malignant problems of the chest wall, diaphragm and mediastinum

Special Interest(s)
His special medical interests include thoracic surgery, esophageal and pulmonary and thoracoscopic surgery.

Education
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 1981

Residency
General Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, 1986

Fellowships
Thoracoescophageal Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1988 Thoracic Surgery, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Devon, England, 1989
Thoracic Surgery, East Birmingham Hospital, West Midlands, England, 1990
Lung Transplantation, Washington University, St. Louis, 1991

Personal Information
He is Chairman of the Virginia Mason Historical Society.
He enjoys outdoor activities and woodworking in his spare time.

On Patients
"My contact with patients has provided me the opportunity to help some of the greatest people I have ever met."

On Specialty
"Technically, emotionally and intellectually, being a surgeon is the most satisfying profession I know."

On Virginia Mason
"A wonderful place to practice."

Professional Activities and Awards
Dr. Low is widely published in professional journals and has written chapters for more than 20 medical textbooks. He has won several awards, including the prestigious J. Bradley Aust Award from the Western Surgical Association. He was recognized by the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery for the Best Paper of 2007, and is a member of the General Thoracic Club and the British Esophageal Group. Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by both Seattle Metropolitan and Seattle Magazine in 2009 and by Seattle Met in 2010.

Curriculum Vitae
Donald E. Low, MD, FACS - Curriculum Vitae

Recent Journal Articles and Abstracts

  • Prospective randomized trial of talc slurry vs bleomycin in pleurodesis for symptomatic malignant pleural effusions.
  • Histological and anatomic changes in Barrett's esophagus after antireflux surgery.
  • A prospective evaluation of dietary status and symptoms after near-total esophagectomy without gastric emptying procedure.
  • Near-total esophagectomy: the influence of standardized multimodal management and intraoperative fluid restriction.
  • Useful benchmarks to evaluate outcomes after esophagectomy and pancreaticoduodenectomy.
  • Open repair of paraesophageal hernia: reassessment of subjective and objective outcomes.