Ruben G. Nava Bahena, MD

Ruben G. Nava Bahena, MD


Specialty Areas

  • General thoracic surgery
  • Lung transplantation

Common Procedures

  • Lung transplant
  • Lung resection
  • Esophagectomy
  • Benign foregut surgery

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Airway obstruction
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Benign esophageal strictures
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal tumors
  • Esophageal diverticulum
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung nodules
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Pneumothorax
  • Tracheal disease
  • Tracheal tumors

Board Certifications

Thoracic Surgery

General Surgery


University of the Armed Forces: Military Medical School, Mexico, DF, 1994-2000


2011-2016 General Surgery Residency, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.


2016-2018 Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons (FACS)

American Society of Transplantation

Awards and Honors

  • 2011, American Transplant Congress Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014, Top Gun Laparoscopic Competition Champion, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • 2014, Top Gun Laparoscopic Skills Competition Champion, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 2018, Gregorio A. Sicard Fellow Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 2020, Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Areas of Research Interest

Lung transplantation, specifically the immunologic consequences of ischemia reperfusion injury, as well as the induction and maintenance of tolerance after lung transplantation.



Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Siteman Cancer Center – Shiloh

Patients Seen At

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: B
Floor: 8
Office Phone: (314) 362-9181
Fax: 314-367-8459

Siteman Cancer Center in Shiloh
1418 Cross St., Suite 180 MOB 2
Shiloh, IL 62269
(314) 362-9181
Fax (314) 367-8459

News and Stories

  • 2020 Thoracic Surgery Annual Report
  • Contact

    To request an appointment with Dr. Nava, please call  314-362-7260.