Lee Swanstrom, MD, FACS

(503) 281-0561
Areas of Focus: 
Advanced Laparoscopy
Esophageal Disease and Swallowing Disorders
Endoscopic Treatment of Achalasia
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastrointestinal Surgery

About Me

While one cannot promise perfection, I do feel that my patients deserve the very best. I always strive to achieve positive outcomes by providing the best surgery, individually tailored to each person's needs. I specialize in advanced surgical techniques, especially endoscopic surgery, because I believe that it provides the most up-to-date care with the least pain and lifestyle disruption.

- Lee Swanstrom, MD, FACS

Dr. Swanstrom graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He later completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Emanuel Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Swanstrom finished his fellowship in surgical endoscopy at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON. He brings The Oregon Clinic - Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery (GMIS) multiple honors and awards, including an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, an honorary appointment to the French Academy of Surgery, the Golden Scalpel Award for Excellence in Teaching and others. He has been featured as one of Portland Monthly Magazines "Top Doctors" in 2006 through 2009. Dr. Swanstrom is the Fellowship Director for Providence Minimally Invasive Surgery Postgraduate Fellowships and is a Director of the Institute for Image Guided Surgery in Strasbourg, France.

Dr. Swanstrom is an international expert in digestive diseases and their minimally invasive treatments - including advanced laparoscopic approaches and advanced flexible endoscopic interventions. He is credited with performing multiple "firsts" in the world of surgery and endoscopy, including pioneering antireflux procedures, laparoscopic and endoscopic (POEM) treatments of achalasia, NOTES, and multiple other interventions.

My Work

Hospitals Served: 
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Providence Portland Medical Center

Education & Honors

Board Certified: 
General Surgery
Education & Training: 
  • Fellowship, Surgical Endoscopy, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • Internship and Residency, Emanuel Hospital and Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR
  • MD, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Undergraduate and Graduate, University of Colorado & University of Paris
  • Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Program, Legacy Hospital
  • Fellowship Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Postgraduate Fellowships, Legacy Hospital
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2006
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2007
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2008
  • Portland Monthly Magazine "Top Doctors," 2009
  • Former President, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • President Elect, Fellowship Council
  • Co-Editor in Chief, "Surgical Innovation"
  • Golden Scalpel Award for Excellence in Teaching, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 2005
  • Golden Scalpel Award for Excellence in Teaching, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 2006
  • Swanstrom, Lee L., Dunst, Christy M., "Antireflux Surgery"
Other Activities: 
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Research
  • Laparoscopic & Flexible Endoscopy Training Courses
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeon England
  • Fellow, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Fellow, American College of Surgery