Dr. Lee L. Swanstrom, MD

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General Surgery | Male

The Oregon Clinic - Urology at Milwaukie 4805 NE Glisan St # 6N60, Portland, OR 97213 Get Directions
(503) 281-0561

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Care Philosophy

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.Read more

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Dr. Swanstrom graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He later completed his internship and residency in general surgery at...Read more

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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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Specialties

  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • General Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • 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 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 and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Thrombosis
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia

Procedures Performed

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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    Sanctions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Creighton University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1983

  • Internship Hospital
    Oregon Health Sciences University

    Completed in 1986

  • Residency Hospital
    Legacy Emanuel Med Center

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Colorado At Denver

    Graduated in 1983

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Vietnamese

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  • Specializes in General Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Swanstrom says...

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.

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Dr. Swanstrom's Care Philosophy

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.