Varun Puri, MD, MSCI

Varun Puri, MD, MSCI

Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

  • Thoracic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung transplantation
  • Esophageal cancer

Common Procedures

  • Minimally invasive, laparoscopic, robotic and tradition surgery in lung cancer
  • Lung transplantation
  • Fundoplication for GERD
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Mediastinoscopy

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Lung failure
  • Lung cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Esophageal cancer

Board Certifications

Cardiothoracic Surgery

General Surgery


Medical School: MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 1998
MSCI: Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2014


Surgical Residency, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, 1998-2001

Cardiothoracic Surgery Senior Resident, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India, 2001

Senior Surgery Resident, Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, New Delhi, India, 2002

General Surgery Residency, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2002-2009


Traveling Thoracic Surgery Fellowship, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 2009

Thoracic Surgery Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, March-April 2009

Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007-2009

Professional Memberships

General Thoracic Surgery Club

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Thoracic Surgery Directors Association


Areas of 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)
  • 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



Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital

Memorial Hospital – Shiloh

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, St. Louis, MO 63110
Fax (314) 362-6288

Siteman Cancer Center
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
150 Entrance Way
St. Peters, MO 63376
Fax (314) 362-6288

Siteman Cancer Center
Memorial Hospital – Shiloh
1418 Cross St.
Suite 180 MOB 2
Shiloh, IL 62269
Fax (314) 362-6288

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To request an appointment with Dr. Puri, please call 314-362-4191.