Dr. Gary W. Chmielewski, MD

Dr. Gary W. Chmielewski, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery | Male | 54 years old

Most of our practice, we take care of patients with esophageal cancer or with lung cancer. But there's also problems that aren't cancer that we treat too: people with reflux disease, or benign problems of the lung, or other airway problems. We take care of those patients too. As a surgeon, you're not just treating the patient, you're treating the whole family because everybody's going to have perceptions and needs that you need to meet. I'm very visual, so a lot of times I'll draw pictures and diagrams of the surgery and things to try and explain it to them. And then when we're done, ask them if they have any questions, and make sure that they heard what you're trying to get across to them. One of the first patients I did a VATS lobectomy on in 1999 still sends me a golf gift every year - whether it's a sleeve of golf balls, or a golf magazine or something - because he's so appreciative that I got him back to his life quicker and got him back to his game of golf. It means a lot to me because I know these people know I care about them when they do those things. And that's what you try to get across to them.Read more

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Most of our practice, we take care of patients with esophageal cancer or with lung cancer. But there's also problems that aren't cancer that we treat too: people with reflux disease, or benign problems of the lung, or other airway problems. We take care of those patients too. As a surgeon, you're not just treating the patient, you're treating the whole family because everybody's going to have perceptions and needs that you need to meet. I'm very visual, so a lot of times I'll draw pictures and diagrams of the surgery and things to try and explain it to them. And then when we're done, ask them if they have any questions, and make sure that they heard what you're trying to get across to them. One of the first patients I did a VATS lobectomy on in 1999 still sends me a golf gift every year - whether it's a sleeve of golf balls, or a golf magazine or something - because he's so appreciative that I got him back to his life quicker and got him back to his game of golf. It means a lot to me because I know these people know I care about them when they do those things. And that's what you try to get across to them.Read more

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My name:Priscilla Streeter, Dr. Chmielewski and his staff was the (BEST) he treats patients like family I love him, very understanding to your needs. He's very clear and makes sure you know whats going to happen very compassionate he's truly amazing and healed me like never before I was very glad to have him. I came in very ill he healed me quick I was back up and around in due time it's been a year later and I'm still going strong he needs ten stars. Love, love, love him Bless his heart
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Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgery

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  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease

Procedures Performed

  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagostomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Education

  • Medical School
    Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med

    Graduated in 1988

  • Internship Hospital
    Wayne St U

    Completed in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    Wayne St U

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Wayne St U

    Completed in 1996

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Chmielewski's Care Philosophy

Most of our practice, we take care of patients with esophageal cancer or with lung cancer. But there's also problems that aren't cancer that we treat too: people with reflux disease, or benign problems of the lung, or other airway problems. We take care of those patients too. As a surgeon, you're not just treating the patient, you're treating the whole family because everybody's going to have perceptions and needs that you need to meet. I'm very visual, so a lot of times I'll draw pictures and diagrams of the surgery and things to try and explain it to them. And then when we're done, ask them if they have any questions, and make sure that they heard what you're trying to get across to them. One of the first patients I did a VATS lobectomy on in 1999 still sends me a golf gift every year - whether it's a sleeve of golf balls, or a golf magazine or something - because he's so appreciative that I got him back to his life quicker and got him back to his game of golf. It means a lot to me because I know these people know I care about them when they do those things. And that's what you try to get across to them.