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Donald E. Low, MD, FACS
Esophageal Surgery
4.9 out of 5
Would recommend this provider
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Areas of Expertise
  • Esophageal resection
  • Malignant and benign disorders of the esophagus
  • Primary and revisional antireflux surgery
  • Management of pneumothorax, pleural effusions and pleural-based malignancy and hyperhydrosis
  • Treatment of benign and malignant problems of the chest wall, diaphragm and mediastinum

Curriculum Vitae
Donald E. Low, MD, FACS

Special Interests

His special medical interests include thoracic surgery, esophageal surgery and minimally invasive surgery. He is currently the Clinical Director of the largest online database ( that is used to carry out clinical study regarding esophageal cancer.

Personal Information
He is Chairman of the Virginia Mason Historical Society. He enjoys outdoor activities and woodworking in his spare time.
Clinical Experience
Esophageal Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Disorders, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Diseases, Gastrointestinal Cancer, 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)
Education and Professional Achievements
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 1981
General Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, 1986

Thoracoesophageal 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

Professional Activities and Awards

Dr. Low is widely published in professional journals and has written chapters for more than 40 medical textbooks and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. 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 was awarded the Tate Mason Award by Virginia Mason in 2014. Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by both Seattle Metropolitan and Seattle Magazine in 2009 through 2018. Dr. Low has been elected to the American Surgical Association and has been awarded Honorary Fellowships in the Royal College of England, Royal College of Ireland and the Royal College of Edinburgh. He was asked by the ERA Society to write the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery for Esophageal Resection which was published in 2018, PMID 30276441.

Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.
Would recommend provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.9 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.8 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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June 2018
I had an agenda when I went to V. Mason, it was not a great idea & my mind was change & my agenda changed to the excellent understanding & care I received from *Dr. Low.
June 2018
*Dr. Low is the best. There is no one who is better at surgery, bedside manner or has better staff . I am so grateful to have *Dr. Low. My quality of life has improved beyond my expectations, and the expectations of my family, friends and co-workers.
May 2018
Most human surgeon I ever met.
April 2018
*Dr. Low is a phenomenal physician. Not only is he an outstanding surgeon - He could not be more professional, thorough, or caring. He is without _____. We could not ask for more from a doctor.
April 2018
*Dr. Low was very personable, kind, friendly, professional, and honest which I am so grateful for, he gave an option to surgery to try first instead of just hearing straight for the operating room. The resident doctor was great too!
March 2018
Both my husband & I were super impressed with Dr. Low, assistant etc. Thank you!
February 2018
The whole experience was smooth and professional. I wish I would not have had from Dec. 26-Mar. 12 for this surgery.
February 2018
I had excellent care. Dr. Low is amazing. All who helped were caring & efficient.
January 2018
We are very pleased with the care that Dr. Low gives to Guenter. His knowledge and skill as a surgeon are very reassuring. We definitely recommend him!
December 2017
Great bedside manner from Dr. Low, his resident and staff. Very confident in care.
November 2017
Dr. Low is a caring & sincere person.
November 2017
Explained things well, very courteous.
November 2017
Dr. Low explained possible surgery and tests required before that. He was personable, competent and explained things very well. We spent a lot of time with resident Dr. Stephen Kaplan who was excellent.
November 2017
Look, I could have gone anywhere in the world for my cancer treatment. But, NO WHERE could I have gotten as professional and caring treatment as I received at V.M. Dr. Low and his team saved my life. God Bless you!
November 2017
Dr. Low and nurses were exceptional. I couldn´t ask for better care. Thank you.
November 2017
MD was fantastic!
November 2017
Dr. Low is very personable and funny. I didn´t feel rushed, and he explained both possible procedures very thoroughly.
October 2017
Thank you for Dr. Low. Thank you Dena (for Dr. Low).
October 2017
Dr. Low is the best! I am so thankful I was referred to him.
August 2017
Dr. Low is extraordinary!
August 2017
Dr. Low is an exceptional doctor making it possible for me to live my life without severe restrictions. He is a warm and caring doctor who we can highly recommend.
August 2017
Dr. Low made me feel better about my situation.
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.