Dr. Lee Swanstrom, MD

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Age 60
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Dr. Lee Swanstrom, MD
Dr. Swanstrom graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He later completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Emanual Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Swanstrom finished his fellowship in surgical endoscopy at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON. He brings The Oregon Clinic - Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery (GMIS) several honors and awards, including the Golden Scalpel Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He was also featured as one of Portland Monthly Magazines Top Doctors in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Swanstrom is the Director for the Legacy Minimally Invasive Surgery Program and the Fellowship Director for Legacy Minimally Invasive Surgery Postgraduate Fellowships. Dr. Swanstrom is one of only two physicians in Oregon that implants LINX devices to control GERD. Learn more about LINX devices at: http://www.refluxmd.com/learn/resources/2013-05-28/2925/ten-things-you-n... Dr. Swanstrom is also credited with performing the ?rst natural ori?ce transluminal endoscopic surgery—NOTES—in the United States in 2007, a transgastric cholecystectomy.

4805 NE Glisan St # 6N60

Portland, OR 97213

Contact Information

(503) 281-0561

Dr. Lee Swanstrom, MD

Dr. Lee Swanstrom, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Esophageal Diseases
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more than 93% of peers
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more than 63% of peers
Stomach Diseases
more than 84% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Swanstrom "While one can not promise perfection, I do feel that my patients deserve the very best. I always strive to achieve positive outcomes by providing the best surgery, individually tailored to each persons needs. I specialize in advanced surgical techniques, especially endoscopic surgery, because I believe that it provides the most up-to-date care with the least pain and lifestyle disruption.



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  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Aneurysm
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign Tumor
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thrombosis
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Cystotomy
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrotomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transendoscopic Stent Placement
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vagotomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Oregon.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Colorado At Denver
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1983
  • Creighton University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Legacy Emanuel Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Swanstrom has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Vietnamese

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Swanstrom's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Swanstrom to family and friends
based on 13 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Swanstrom's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
Vancouver, WA |
Dr. Swanstrom ordered over $1,200 in tests before I had even had an appointment with him. This is not appropriate at all. His front office staff (administrative support) try unsuccessfully to answer medical questions you have. They are never able to get you in touch with a nurse or medical assistant who is able to answer Medical questions. I would not recommend Dr. Swanstrom or his office to anyone.
Corvallis, OR |
Dr. Swanstrom literally saved my stomach in 2011 when it was questionable about whether it should be saved. It had closed due to adhesion from several previous surgeries and he spent 2 hours on separating the tissue. What should have been 4-6 hours turned into 8.5 hours. He did a fabulous job! I am thankful that he was available to take my case on more than one occasion.
Hi, thank you so much for your positive comments about Dr. Swanstrom. We are so glad to hear he was able to help you. We hope you are doing well! Best wishes -The Oregon Clinic
in Portland, Oregon |
Dr. Swanstrom was removing my adrenal gland. He was surrounded by acolytes and seemed minimally involved. During the surgery, someone slashed through my splenic artery. I nearly bled to death and woke up. He performed an emergency entry, paralyzing the abdominal muscles on my left side. While I was still unconscious, he went out and told my wife I was going to die. The post surgical report was written in the third person so it was impossible to tell who actually did the surgery.
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Dr. Swanstrom accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Hospitals where Dr. Swanstrom has admitting privileges

Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
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Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
1015 NW 22nd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
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