Dr. Matthew Blum is a general thoracic surgeon who specializes in chest diseases, including lung and esophageal cancer as well as benign diseases of the trachea, mediastinum, chest wall, lungs, and esophagus.
“Within the last several years, minimally invasive surgical techniques have been developed that have radically improved the recovery of thoracic surgery patients. I currently use minimally invasive techniques for over 80 percent of procedures,” Blum says. “However, the best surgical techniques are not effective if they are used without consideration of the patient’s physical, emotional and social situation. Additionally, proper selection of procedures requires an experienced, in-depth understanding of the diseases for which they are being used. I have developed this understanding through 15 years of writing scholarly articles, teaching thoracic surgery and participating in national and international organizations.”
Memorial Hospital’s affiliation with the University of Colorado School of Medicine has enabled Blum to continue pursuing research interests in clinical trials for lung cancer patients and early detection of lung cancer. Outside of his practice, Blum enjoys camping, fishing, skiing, woodworking and reading history.
Qualifications and experience
- Surgery, Cancers, Surgery - Adult General Thoracic Surgery, Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery - Infectious Lung Disease
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (2002)
John Hopkins University (1993)
John Hopkins Hospital (1992)
Vanderbilt University (1999)
- Volunteer activities
Dr. Blum continues to be involved as a member and leader in numerous national and international organizations including: the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) committees for non-small cell and small cell lung cancer. Dr. Blum has served as the primary investigator and/or co-investigator on more than 10 clinic trials. He holds reviewer and editorial responsibilities for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, among others. He is the author and/or co-author of more than 50 publications, chapters, and abstracts and has presented his work nationally and internationally.