Michael S. Mulligan M.D.

Michael S. Mulligan M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery


Lung Care and Lung Transplantation Services


English, German, Spanish


Thoracic Surgery Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4477|Map It 

Transplant Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 877.520.5000|Map It 

Lung Transplantation Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.5668|Map It 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

825 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 855.557.0555|Map It 


Dr. Mulligan is a UW professor of cardiothoracic surgery and the director of the Lung Transplant Program and the Advanced Lung Disease Surgery Program. He is clinically busy in lung transplantation and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He also is the surgeon in the Pacific Northwest who performs pulmonary endarterectomies for chronic pulmonary embolic disease.

In addition, Dr. Mulligan directs the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program. He performs a range of lung cancer resections regularly. He is considered a national expert in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy and leads regional and national courses on the subject. He also has considerable experience in the management of esophageal cancer.

Patient Care Philosophy

Do your best for every patient. Treat them the way you would like yourself or your family to be treated. Do everything you can to improve their lives.

Personal Interests

Family, waterskiing, snow skiing and fitness.

Clinical Interests

Cardiovascular surgery, lung and heart-lung transplantation, lung-volume reduction surgery, pulmonary thrombo-endarterectomy, and benign and malignant lung and esophageal disease.

Teaching Interests

He has been the recipient of the John K. Stevenson Award for excellence in resident education. Most recently, he won the McGoon Award, which is given to a cardiothoracic surgeon who exemplifies outstanding teaching and mentorship in the United States.

Scope of Care

Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, benign and malignant thoracic diseases and end-stage lung disease.

Research Interests

He has won local and national teaching awards and runs an NIH-funded laboratory. His areas of scientific investigation include the mechanisms of acute lung injury following lung transplantation and the regulation of tolerance in long-term lung graft acceptance.

Univ. of Connecticut Sch. of Med.Medical education1989
Presbyterian HospitalResidencyGeneral Surgery
Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of PathologyFellowshipPathology
Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of Thoracic SurgeryFellowshipThoracic Transplantation
Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of Thoracic SurgeryFellowshipGeneral Thoracic Surgery
Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of Thoracic SurgeryResidencyThoracic Surgery
Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of Thoracic SurgeryTeaching Appointment
Wayne State University-Dept of SurgeryInternshipGeneral Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic SurgeryThoracic Surgery1999
American Board of SurgerySurgery1996
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