• Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery, CWRU School of Medicine


  • Gender: Male
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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.

Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
American Board of Surgery - Surgery

Education & Training


1998, Brown University

Medical / Professional School(s)

2004, Weill Cornell Medical College


2005, General Surgery - New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center


2007, General Surgery - New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
2011, General Surgery - New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center


2014, Cardiothoracic Surgery - New York University School of Medicine and Langone Medical Center

Research Fellowship

2009, Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


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

Office Locations

UH Seidman Cancer Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Department of Surgery-Thoracic and Esophageal
Cleveland, OH 44106
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UH Parma Medical Center
6681 Ridge Rd
Medical Arts Center 1, Ste 410
Parma, OH 44129
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UH Ahuja Medical Center
3999 Richmond Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122
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