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Donald E. Low, MD, FACS
Esophageal Surgery
4.8 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
4.8 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
4.9 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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  Overall Patient Rating - July 2019
I couldn't be more pleased with *Dr. Low & his whole staff. I spent 5 days in the hospital, never once did I need or have to ask. They were always there.
  Overall Patient Rating - June 2019
*Dr. Low has the best method of handling patient needs I think I have ever experienced. His knowledge & expertise of my problem was unquestionable.
  Overall Patient Rating - June 2019
*Dr. Low instilled in me the confidence that he was definitely the right choice of surgeon for my operation. He gave me study papers that I was able to use to understand the reasonableness and outcome of the anticipated operation.
  Overall Patient Rating - May 2019
One of the best and knowledgeable physicians I could expect to care for me.
  Overall Patient Rating - May 2019
Not only is *Dr. Low a superbly skilled surgeon but the care, concern, and encouragement that he shows his patients is phenomenal. I simply could not ask for a more wonderful physician to treat my cancer!
  Overall Patient Rating - April 2019
*Dr. Low was fantastic I could not have asked for a caring doctor. He did not rush in & out of my appointment - I have already recommended *Dr. Low to two people.