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Mark K. Ferguson, MD

Professor of Surgery

Dr. Ferguson specializes in the surgical management of diseases of the lungs, esophagus and thymus. He is experienced in all techniques of lung and esophageal resection, and is skilled in surgical methods to relieve airway obstruction and malignant pleural effusions. He has served on the boards and committees of numerous national societies and institutions including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Ferguson is the author of more than 85 chapters in medical textbooks. He has edited or written books on esophageal reconstructive surgery, failed anti-reflux therapy, and decision-making in thoracic surgery that has been published in four languages. He authored an atlas of general thoracic surgery. Dr. Ferguson has also written more than 250 papers or abstracts in medical journals, serves as deputy editor for a cardiothoracic surgery journal, and is on the board of three other journals.

His research interests include risk analysis, long-term outcomes after lung resection and esophageal resection, development of simulation methods for surgical training, and advanced techniques in surgical education.

Practice Location

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Thoracic Surgery

Medical School

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Residency and Fellowship

The University of Chicago Medicine


American Association for Thoracic Surgery
American Surgical Association
European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
General Thoracic Surgery Club
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-3551

Office Fax

(773) 834-9114

Office Postal Address

Mark K. Ferguson, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5040
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson is hosting the annual Benfield Lecture on Thoracic Surgery, "Ex Vivo Repair of Donor Organs: Personalized Medicine for the Organ." Learn more about the lecture.

Although Greg Klawitter underwent surgery for lung cancer at the University of Chicago Medicine thirteen years ago, the retired Chicago police officer hasn’t forgotten the thoracic surgeon who saved his life.

Dr. Ferguson removed Barbara Arvia's lung cancer using video-assisted thoracic surgery that required only three small incisions.

Surgery for carcinoid tumor of the lung hasn't prevented John Williams from taking 15-mile bike rides "without a problem."

Read "Minimally Invasive Approaches to Surgery for Lung and Esophageal Cancer," (PDF) an article Dr. Ferguson wrote for a medical center publication for physicians.

Selected Publications

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