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Christopher Towe, MD

Christopher Towe, MD



99 Ratings 23 Reviews


Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery

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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

UH Parma Medical Arts Center 2

6707 Powers Blvd
Suite: 205
Parma, OH 44129

Patient Experience Reviews

4.9 out of 5

99 Ratings

Patient Comments (23)

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
Everthing went well

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
Had a fantastic visit given the circumstances of my condition. The Dr made phone calls while in the exam room to schedule follow up surgery which showed urgency and care. We were very pleased.

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Dr. Towe is awesome! He saved my life!

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Dr. Towe is an excellent specialist. He explained everything thoroughly and answered all of my questions, concerns.I did not feel rushed in any way. Actually left feeling more comfortable about my upcoming procedure.

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Dr. Towe and persons in his office were efficient, friendly and took caare of business. Very satisfied at this time.

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Dr. Towe was patient and answered all my questions. He followed up with me after the appointment to express his concern about the cost of my surgery and hospital stay since I am a self pay patient. We reviewed some of what was discussed at my appointment to make sure I completely understood what the surgery would entail.

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Great experience and dr Towe made everything easy to understand.

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
This was my first visit with Dr Towe. He covered quite a bit during my appt. I am very comfortable with his explainations.

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Was initially excited meeting a doc that can find what's wrong with me and a solution. Surgery was smooth and hoping for the best. Doc was 100% honest with me, which I like. Knowing I have a surgeon, young, to be around when I need him for further surgeries! His assistant is awesome too!

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
Best experience ever, big thank you to Dr. C. Towe an his surgical team, also to his office staff an also to the nurses in the cardiac unit! I received the most amazing care from everyone in the hospital. Dr. Towe gave me back better quality of life, it doesn't get better than that! I can't say enough on how well I was treated before surgery or after, best experience ever, Thank you so very much!!!

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
He has been the best surgeon I've ever had. Put me at ease and reassured me about my concerns. Everything was explained to me really well. Tell him thanks!

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
He's always professional and his staff

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

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.