Steven DeMeester, MD, FACS

Areas of Focus: 
Esophageal Disorders
Complex Pulmonary & Tracheal Disorders
Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
Endoscopic & Minimally Invasive Therapies for GERD
Hiatal Hernia & Paraesophageal Hernia

About Me

There is typically more than one treatment option for patients with a problem. What I like to do is identify the problem and then provide patients with some options for their treatment and discuss the pros and cons of the options so they can really decide what's best for them and their situation at that time.

- Steven DeMeester, MD, FACS

Dr. DeMeester earned his medical degree at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Michigan followed by a Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the faculty of the USC Department of Surgery in 1997 and rose to the rank of full Professor of Surgery, Clinical Scholar over the subsequent 20 years. While there, he and his colleagues developed USC into an international center of excellence for the treatment of benign and malignant esophageal disorders and led the way in numerous groundbreaking procedures. He left USC in 2016 to join the Oregon Clinic

Other Interests: 

Dr. DeMeester enjoys boating, hunting, fishing, traveling, and skiing

My Work

Dr. DeMeester is recognized nationally and internationally as a thought leader and expert in the treatment of esophageal disease, and is a member of the most prestigious national and international surgical societies. In addition, he is President and Executive Director of the Foundation for Research and Education in Esophageal and Foregut Disorders. He is co-director of the annual course:  “Medical and Surgical Aspects of Esophageal and Foregut Disorders: Pathophysiology and Treatment.”

Hospitals Served: 
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Providence Portland Medical Center
Areas of Focus: 
Esophageal Disorders
Complex Pulmonary & Tracheal Disorders
Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
Endoscopic & Minimally Invasive Therapies for GERD
Hiatal Hernia & Paraesophageal Hernia
Achalasia & Esophageal Motility Abnormalities
Barrett's Esophagus & Esophageal Cancer
Complex Esophageal Reconstruction
Gastric GIST Tumors
Gastric Cancer
Complex Reoperative Surgery & Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Education & Honors

Board Certification: 
  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
Education & Training: 
  • Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
  • Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University Medical Center/Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1996
  • Residency, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1993
  • Internship, General Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1988
  • MD, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL, 1987
  • BS, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1983
  • Elected member of the American Surgical Association (ASA)
  • Elected Fellow in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • Invited Speaker at major national and international surgical meeting
  • Grant KS, DeMeester SR, Kreger V, Oh DS, Hagen JA, Chandrasoma P, DeMeester TR. Effect of Barrett’s esophagus surveillance on esophageal preservation, tumor stage, and survival with esophageal adenocarcinoma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. July 2013; 146(1):31-37.
  • Greene CL, DeMeester SR, Zehetner J, Worrell SG, Oh DS, Hagen JA. Diaphragmatic relaxing incisions during laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair. Surg Endosc August 2013; 27(12):4532-8.
  • Greene CL, DeMeester SR, Worrell SG, Oh DS, Hagen JA, DeMeester TR. Alimentary Satisfaction, Gastrointestinal Symptoms, and Quality of Life 10 or More Years after Esophagectomy with Gastric Pull-Up. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 March; 147(3):909-14.
  • Greene CL, DeMeester SR, Augustin F, Worrell SG, Oh DS, Hagen JA, DeMeester TR. Long-Term Quality of Life and Alimentary Satisfaction After Esophagectomy With Colon Interposition. Annals Thorac Surg. 2014; 98:1713-20.
  • Alicuben ET, Worrell SG, DeMeester SR. Impact of crural relaxing incisions, Collis gastroplasty, and non-cross-linked human dermal mesh crural reinforcement on early hiatal hernia recurrence rates. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Nov; 219(5):988-92.
  • Alnoor M, Boys JA, Worrell SG, Oh DS, Hagen JA, DeMeester SR. Timing and Pattern of Recurrence after Gastrectomy for Adenocarcinoma. Am Surg. 2015 Oct;81(10):1057-60.
  • Boys JA, Worrell SG, Chandrasoma P, Vallone JG, Maru DM, Zhang L, Blackmon SH, Dickinson KJ, Dunst CM, Hofstetter WL, Lada MJ, Louie BE, Molena D, Watson TJ, DeMeester SR. Can the Risk of Lymph Node Metastases Be Gauged in Endoscopically Resected Submucosal Esophageal Adenocarcinomas? A Multi-Center Study. J Gastrointest Surg. 2016 Jan; 20(1):6-12.
  • Greene CL, Worrell SG, Attwood SE, Chandrasoma P, Chang K, DeMeester TR, Lord RV, Montgomery E, Pech O, Vallone J, Vieth M, Wang KK, DeMeester SR. Emerging Concepts for the Endoscopic Management of Superficial Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. J Gastrointest Surg. 2016 Apr;20(4):851-60.
  • Worrell SG, Alicuben ET, Boys J, DeMeester SR. Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy for Achalasia in a Thoracic Surgical Practice. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jan;101(1):218-25.
  • Molena D, Schlottmann F, Boys AJ, Blackmon SH, Dickinson KJ, Dunst CM, Hofstetter WL, Lada MJ, Louie BE, Mungo B, Watson TJ, DeMeester SR. Esophagectomy Following Endoscopic Resection of Submucosal Esophageal Cancer: a Highly Curative Procedure Even with Nodal Metastases. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Jan; 21(1):62-67.