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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Macke is certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in general and minimally-invasive thoracic surgery. His practice includes the treatment of diseases of the esophagus/foregut, lung, mediastinum, chest wall and diaphragm. Dr. Macke utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of esophageal and gastroesophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, lung cancer and other malignancies of the chest. In addition, he has a particular interest in benign diseases of the esophagus and foregut, including the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motility disorders, esophageal diverticula, giant paraesophageal hernias, and other hernias of the diaphragm.


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

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1 S. Park Clinic
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UW Carbone Cancer Center
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Regional Specialty Clinics

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center (Rockford)
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Advanced General and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Residency Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2005


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award 2015

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.


Dr. Macke’s research interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal cancer, novel and minimally invasive techniques for surgical management of diseases of the chest, thoracic oncology outcomes, surgical education (patient and physician training), and simulation training.

PubMed Articles
Macke RA . Peter Piper's pursuit of a perfect, parsimonious predictive model for prolonged air leaks. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Mar;153(3):688-689
[PubMed ID: 27876496]
Taylor LJ Greenberg CC Lidor AO Leverson GE Maloney JD Macke RA . Utilization of surgical treatment for local and locoregional esophageal cancer: Analysis of the National Cancer Data Base. Cancer. 2017 Feb 1;123(3):410-419
[PubMed ID: 27680893]
Thomas MJ Bartlett HL Bassetti MF Lubner SJ Kirvassilis G Anagnostopoulos PV Maloney JD Macke RA . Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy in a Patient With Tetralogy of Fallot and Right-Sided Aortic Arch. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan;103(1):e77-e79
[PubMed ID: 28007281]
Blasberg JD Seder CW Leverson G Shan Y Maloney JD Macke RA . Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lobectomy for Lung Cancer: Current Practice Patterns and Predictors of Adoption. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Dec;102(6):1854-1862
[PubMed ID: 27592603]
Ditah C Templin T Mandal R Pinchot JW Macke RA . Isolated intrapulmonary teratoma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Dec;152(6):e129-e131
[PubMed ID: 27576374]
Macke RA . Cardiothoracic surgery education: The times they are a changin'. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Nov 19;
[PubMed ID: 27988027]
Macke RA Templin TP Blasberg JD . Chest Discomfort and Longstanding Dyspnea on Exertion. JAMA Surg. 2016 Oct 1;151(10):979-980
[PubMed ID: 27533325]
Macke RA Luketich JD Pennathur A Levy RM . Reply. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Sep;102(3):1027-8
[PubMed ID: 27549525]
Macke RA . Work hard, play hard-especially with the little ones. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Aug;152(2):360-1
[PubMed ID: 27140169]
Schmocker RK Vanness DJ Macke RA Akhter SA Maloney JD Blasberg JD . Outpatient air leak management after lobectomy: a CMS cost analysis. J Surg Res. 2016 Jun 15;203(2):390-7
[PubMed ID: 27363648]
Macke RA . The concept of intraoperative, "unsuspected" N2: It's suspect. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 May;151(5):1389-90
[PubMed ID: 26874606]
Macke RA . Digging Deeper to Understand the Challenges of Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Spring;28(1):180-1
[PubMed ID: 27568158]
Odell DD Macke RA Tchantchaleishvili V Loor G Nelson JS LaPar DJ LaZar JF Wei B DeNino WF Berfield K Stein W Youssef SJ Nguyen TC . Resident Perception of Technical Skills Education and Preparation for Independent Practice. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Dec;100(6):2305-12; discussion 2312-3
[PubMed ID: 26410161]
Macke RA Luketich JD Pennathur A Bianco V Awais O Gooding WE Christie NA Schuchert MJ Nason KS Levy RM . Thoracic Esophageal Diverticula: A 15-Year Experience of Minimally Invasive Surgical Management. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Nov;100(5):1795-802
[PubMed ID: 26387723]
Janowak CF Blasberg JD Taylor L Maloney JD Macke RA . The Surgical Apgar Score in esophagectomy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Oct;150(4):806-12
[PubMed ID: 26234458]
Nguyen TC Terwelp MD Stephens EH Odell DD Loor G LaPar DJ DeNino WF Wei B Aftab M Macke RA Nelson JS Berfield KS Lazar JF Stein W Youssef SJ Tchantchaleishvili V . Resident Perceptions of 2-Year Versus 3-Year Cardiothoracic Training Programs. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jun;99(6):2070-5; discussion 2075-6
[PubMed ID: 25863731]
Macke RA Schuchert MJ Odell DD Wilson DO Luketich JD Landreneau RJ . Parenchymal preserving anatomic resections result in less pulmonary function loss in patients with Stage I non-small cell lung cancer. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2015 Apr 1;10:49
[PubMed ID: 25888465]
Macke RA Foxwell T Luketich JD Nason KS . Pharyngeal perforation and tracheopharyngeal fistula caused by foreign body impaction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Feb;99(2):e31-5
[PubMed ID: 25639441]
Macke RA Luketich JD Nason KS Schuchert MJ . Minimally invasive enucleation of a large, extensively calcified esophageal leiomyoma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Apr;147(4):e52-4
[PubMed ID: 24521964]
Macke RA Nason KS . Minimally Invasive Resection of Benign Esophageal Lesions. Oper Tech Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Winter;19(4):396-413
[PubMed ID: 26120282]