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Donald E. Low, MD, FACS
Esophageal Surgery
4.8 out of 5
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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
Read the Online Issue of Gut Instinct

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
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Likelihood of recommending this provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider showed concern
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider explained things clearly
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider included you in decisions
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider discussed treatment options
4.8 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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  Overall Patient Rating - March 2021
I have seen many doctors since I have a chronic condition and *Dr. Low far and away is the most considerate, kind, caring and informative doctor. He truly LISTENS and has empathy and profound kindness that I think is rare.
  Overall Patient Rating - March 2021
I felt very privileged to have *Dr. Low take my case. It is my understanding that he is foremost in his field for my condition. This gave me great confidence to move forward. *Dr. Low was very approachable and answered all of my questions in language I could understand.
  Overall Patient Rating - February 2021
everything was good
  Overall Patient Rating - January 2021
*Dr. Low is one of the best doctors in his field. He knows how to address someone that is difficult to deal with. He can put them at ease.