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Christopher H. Wigfield, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program

An expert in adult thoracic surgery and lung transplantation, Christopher H. Wigfield, MD, cares for patients with a wide range of cardiothoracic diseases, including lung cancer, mediastinal and pleural conditions, as well as chest wall tumors and defects. Whenever possible, he uses minimally invasive approaches in order to minimize tissue trauma and shorten recovery time.

Dr. Wigfield’s clinical research focuses on lung transplantation and robotic assisted thoracic innovation. He also has studied the impact of donor and procurement related topics in lung transplantation and regenerative tissue support in thoracic surgery.

Dr. Wigfield has a strong interest in medical education, mentoring medical students, residents, and post-doctoral students in both clinical and research settings. Additionally, Dr. Wigfield has contributed significantly to medical literature, publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on lung transplantation. In addition, he is frequently invited to present his work at national and international conferences on lung transplantation, thoracic trauma and surgery, and lung cancers.

Dr. Wigfield is director for educational affairs at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. In addition, he serves as the region 7 thoracic transplant representative for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Practice Location

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Cardiothoracic Surgery, United Kingdom

Medical School

Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Germany


Freeman Hospital, United Kingdom (cardiothoracic surgery and general and vascular surgery)
Royal Berkshire Hospital, United Kingdom (general surgery)
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, United Kingdom (emergency care)


Freeman Hospital Cardiothoracic Centre, United Kingdom (cardiopulmonary transplantation and pediatric cardiac surgery)
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (cardiothoracic surgery)


Society of Thoracic Surgery
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Clinical Robotic Surgery Association
Chicago Trauma Society
Royal College of Surgeons of England, Fellow
Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-3551

Office Fax

(773) 834-9114

Office Postal Address

Christopher H. Wigfield, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5040
Chicago, IL 60637

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Read More About Dr. Wigfield

Dr. Wigfield is hosting the Lung Transplant Symposium on May 6, 2016. Learn more about the event.

For Marc Chelap, a positive attitude and a dedication to getting healthy helped prepare him to be a good candidate for double lung transplant surgery. Dr. Wigfield performed the successful transplant that allowed Chelap to regain an active lifestyle.

Dr. Wigfield answered questions about the complexities of lung transplants and discussed new technologies that may revolutionize the field. Read the interview, which appeared on the University of Chicago Medicine's Science Life blog.

Dr. Wigfield is featured in this Science Life piece about ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP), a process the involves placing donor lungs into a perfusion system that gradually circulates a solution through blood vessels to slowly warm lungs after transport to establish normal tissue flow. By making lung transplants go more smoothly, EVLP may also increase the availability of donor lungs.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Wigfield’s publications through the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database.