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Christopher Towe, MD

Christopher Towe, MD



89 Ratings 29 Reviews


Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery

Accepting New Patients

Primary Location

UH Seidman Cancer Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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  • Clinical Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Christopher W. Towe, MD is an esophageal and thoracic surgeon at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UH) Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery and is a clinical assistant professor, surgery – Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.

Dr. Towe is board certified in esophageal and thoracic surgery. His special interest is designing an improved minimally invasive specimen removal device for laparoscopic procedures. He joined University Hospitals in 2014.

He completed his residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery last year from the New York University Medical Center, NY after finalizing his fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2007.

Dr. Towe earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical Center and has contributed to book chapters in his specialty. Additionally he has provided insight in abstracts and presentations.

He also earned the Hassan Naama Award for “Embodying the character and spirit of Hassan Naama: charisma, compassion, and, generosity” while at Weill Cornell Medical and was the 2010 winner of the Surgical Forum / Excellence in Research Award at the 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons: ‘Creation and Validation of a Set of Simulation Exercises for Advanced Laparoscopy’ in Washington, D.C.


  • Achalasia
  • Airway and Esophageal Stenting
  • Chest Wall Trauma
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Endoluminal Tracheal and Bronchial Resections
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Lung and Esophageal Cancers
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Minimally Invasive (VATS) Surgery
  • Pulmonary Endoscopy
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgical Oncology
  • Tracheal Diseases
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheal Tumors
  • Tracheobronchial Stenting
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)


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Office Locations

UH Seidman Cancer Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

3999 Richmond Rd
Beachwood OH, 44122

UH Parma Medical Arts Center 2

6707 Powers Blvd
Parma OH, 44129

7007 Powers Blvd
Parma OH, 44129

Patient Experience Reviews

4.9 out of 5

89 Ratings

Patient Comments (29)

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
Dr. Towe is a very personable physician who relates well to his patients. He displays an air of confidence, not arrogance, which was very reassuring to me. He talks so that a lay person can understand what he is saying. I was impressed that he had a course of action worked out that was very compatible with what I envisioned. He has been extremely communicative which has been very good for my family. He agreed to a zoom meeting with my grown children who are very interested in my care and had questions of their own. I had never met this doctor until this visit and I left his office feeling very satisfied and very safe putting my life in his hands.

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
Dr Towe listens and addresses all my questions and concerns.

Reviewed On 2/1/2023

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
This provider was excellent. He provided thorough explanation of the options he thought were available. He was courteous and respectful. He was very patient and answered our many questions. I would highly recommend this provider.

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Excellent as always

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Dr. Towe is profesional, personable, confident.

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
My doctor was awesome

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Dr Towe is an excellent doctor who cares how you are feeling and what he can do to help.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Dr. Towe is a very good doctor. Good listener and easy to talk to.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Sharp guy...!!

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Very informative

Reviewed On 10/1/2022

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
My experience with UH and Dr Christopher Towe was very good and I feel they helped save my life.

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Excellent clinician

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Love Dr Towe. He very caring and thorough! I have full trust in him.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
This visit is the second time I saw Dr. Towe. He is very knowledgeable and explains everything so I understand . I have complete faith in him.

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Dr Towe seemed to be as happy as me about progress on my health issues.. His office staff is extremely helpful and compassionate also

Reviewed On 9/2/2022
Staff was exceptional! Wish all my other doctors' staff was as good as Towe's. Please thank them for me.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
I am very pleased with my care. This was the first doctor I have seen in the past 2 1/2 years who seemed to know what was wrong and who took the time to listen to the symptoms I have been experiencing. I am excited to move forward with my care with Dr. Towe and I am so glad to finally have answers.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
I would recommend Dr. Towe to anyone looking for a thoracic surgeon! Even though I am still under his care for a little while longer, I feel he has completely tackled my condition. He was the calming, reasonable voice prior to my surgery that made me feel as comfortable as I could be about getting this surgery. He had the right degree of humor while making sure that he was very focused on my health. His team ... Ashley, Kyle and his office staff were ALL great. I want to especially call out Ashley Summers who took the time to explain my chest tube, why it was there and how to take care of it while at home. She was great when it was time to discharge. You've got a winner at UH with Dr. Towe and his team.

Reviewed On 8/1/2022
Dr. Towe was very kind and concerned about making sure I understood everything.

Reviewed On 7/1/2022
Good care as always.

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr. Towe was very patient with me in answering all my questions and concerns. I can see why he is highly recomennded by my regular doctor ***

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr. Was fantastic.

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Dr.Towe is a considerate, compassionate and wonderful physician. In all honesty, he is more concerned about my health than I sometimes am. We had a good long talk about my lung problems this last visit and he suggested a few things I am trying to alleviate some breathing problems. I'm hoping my relationship with him remains at this level because I really need a physician with his reasoning level.

Reviewed On 6/1/2022
Extremely friendly and courteous office from the physician to the entire support staff.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Having an appointment during my normal working hours and not having to sit and wait for a long time is very important , Dr. Towe and his team have done a great job with minimizing wait times and not making me feel like the appt was rushed.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Positive and precise in answering questions and easing anxiety

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr Towe has a great bedside manner. He is kind and thorough. He takes his time to understand concerns and presents the clinical information plainly. Thanks

Certifications & Memberships

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery - American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery


Fellowship | Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery - New York University School Of Medicine And Langone Medical Center (2011 - 2014)

Residency | General Surgery
General Surgery - New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2009 - 2011)

Research Fellowship | Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2007 - 2009)

Residency | General Surgery
General Surgery - New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2005 - 2007)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2004 - 2005)

Medical Education
Weill Cornell Medical College (2004)

Brown University (1998)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Christopher Towe did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.