Varun Puri, MD, MS

Varun Puri, MD, MS

Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

Lung and esophageal cancers and Barrett’s esophagus

Research Interest

Evaluation of positron emission tomography in predicting survival after esophagectomy in patients undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer; Determination of risk factors predictive of occult mediastinal lymph node involvement in patients with early non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): and evaluation of hand-held spirometry as an alternative to laboratory based volume-displacement spirometry in a low-risk population undergoing lung resection. Lobar distribution as a predictor of outcome in early stage lung cancer.


  • 2014: MSCI, Washington University, St. Louis
  • 1998: MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, India


  • 1998 - 2001: Resident, surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
  • 2002 - 2007: Resident, general surgery, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.
  • 2007 - 2009: Fellow, cardiothoracic surgery, Washington University, St. Louis

Board Certification

  • 2008: American Board of Surgery
  • 2010: American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Selected Research Publications

Lobe-specific lymph node sampling is associated with lower risk of cancer recurrence.
  • Subramanian MP, Eaton DB, Heiden BT, [...] Puri V
  • JTCVS Open 2024
Clonal Hematopoiesis and Risk of Incident Lung Cancer.
  • Tian R, Wiley B, Liu J, [...] Puri V, [...] Cao Y
  • J Clin Oncol 2023
A comparison of outcomes after lung transplantation between European and North American centers.
  • Yang Z, Takahashi T, Terada Y, [...] Puri V
  • J Heart Lung Transplant 2022
Clinical features and outcomes of unplanned single lung transplants.
  • Terada Y, Takahashi T, Hachem RR, [...] Puri V
  • J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2022

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Contact Information

  • Washington University Medical Campus

    4921 Parkview Place
    Saint Louis, MO 63110

  • St. Charles County

    150 Entrance Way
    St. Peters, MO 63376

  • Illinois

    1418 Cross St.
    Shiloh, IL 62269

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