Lee Swanstrom, MD, FACS

(503) 281-0561
Areas of Focus: 
Adrenal Resections
Barrett's Esophagus Treatment
Colon Resections
Endoscopic Antireflux Procedures
Endoscopic Treatment of Achalasia
Esophageal Disease and Swallowing Disorders
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Laparoscopic Antireflux Procedures
Laparoscopic Treatment of Achalasia
Paraesophageal Hernia Repairs
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)
Upper Endoscopy

About Me

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.

- Lee Swanstrom, MD, FACS

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 first natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery—NOTES—in the United States in 2007, a transgastric cholecystectomy.

My Work

Hospitals Served: 
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Providence Portland Medical Center
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital
Providence Seaside Hospital

Education & Honors

Board Certified: 
General Surgery
Education & Training: 
  • Undergraduate & Graduate, University of Colorado & University of Paris
  • M.D., Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Internship & Residency, Emanuel Hospital and Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), Portland, OR
  • Fellowship, Surgical Endoscopy, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Program, Legacy Hospital
  • Fellowship Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Postgraduate Fellowships, Legacy Hospital
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2006
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2007
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2008
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2009
  • Former President, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • President Elect, Fellowship Council
  • Co-Editor in Chief, "Surgical Innovation"
  • Golden Scalpel Award for Excellence in Teaching, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 2005
  • Golden Scalpel Award for Excellence in Teaching, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 2006
  • Swanstrom, Lee L., Dunst, Christy M., "Antireflux Surgery"
Other Activities: 
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Research
  • Laparoscopic & Flexible Endoscopy Training Courses