Ryan Levy, MD





Erin DuPree
(412) 647-2911


UPMC Presbyterian 200 Lothrop Street Suite C-814 Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Passavant
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Education and Training

BA, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana- 1997
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- 2001
General Surgery Internship/Residency, Department of Surgery, Univeristy of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- 2001-2008
Research Fellow, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- 2004-2006
Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- 2008-2010
Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- 2010-2011

Professional Activities

SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons)
Society Thoracic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Allegheny County Medical Society

Journal Reviewing and Editorial Boards

Reviewer, Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Reviewer, Annals of Surgical Oncology
Reviewer, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Reviewer, Diseases of the Esophagus
Reviewer, Journal of Surgical Oncology 
Guest reviewer, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, (with Dr. James Luketich, 2010-present)
Guest reviewer, Annals of Surgery (with Dr. James Luketich, 2010-present)
Guest reviewer, Human Genetics (with Dr. James Luketich, 2009-present)
Guest reviewer, Chest (with Dr. James Luketich, 2005-present)
Guest reviewer, Surgical Endoscopy (with Dr. James Luketich, 2005-present)

Research Interests

Esophageal cancer
Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery
Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
Lung cancer
Mediastinal Masses
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Barrett's Esophagus Management of Barretts
Hiatal & Paraesophageal Hernia
Tumors of the Pleura
Disorders of the Trachea and Airway


Below is a selected list of Dr. Levy's publications:

  1. Awais O, Luketich JD, Reddy N, Bianco V, Levy RM, Schuchert MJ, Gooding WE, Crist LR, Landreneau RJ, Pennathur A.  Roux-en-Y Near Esophagojejunostomy for Failed Antireflux Operations: Outcomes in More Than 100 patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Dec;98(6):1905-13
  2. Ballian N, Luketich JD, Levy RM, Awais O, Winger D, Weksler B, Landreneau RJ, Nason KS. A clinical prediction rule for perioperative mortality and major morbidity after giant paraesophageal hernia repair. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 145(3):721-9, 2013 Mar
  3. Luketich JD. Pennathur A. Awais O. Levy RM. Keeley S. Shende M. Christie NA. Weksler B. Landreneau RJ. Abbas G. Schuchert MJ. Nason KS.  Outcomes after minimally invasive esophagectomy: review of over 1000 patients. Ann Surg. 256 (1): 95-103, 2012 Jul
  4. Nason KS, Luketich JD, Witteman BPL, Levy RM. The Laparoscopic Approach to Paraesophageal Hernia Repair. J Gastrointest Surg.16(2):417-26; 2012 Feb
  5. Shah RD, Levy RM, Luketich JD. Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagetomy. In: Master Techniques in Surgery: Esophageal Surgery. Ed Luketich JD, Wolters Kluwer Health, 2014, 273-288
  6. Levy RM, Go C, P Ferson, Macke RA, Ferson P, Luketich JD. Epiphrenic Diverticulum Treatment. In Operative Techniques in Surgery.  Mulholland, Hughes, Hawn,  Sabel,  Albo,  Englesbe, and  Dalman, Eds. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2014 (in press)