Tom R. DeMeester, M.D., Professor and Chairman Emeritus, USC Department of Surgery, is renowned for his work in foregut and pulmonary disease. He is the originator and developer of the field of noninvasive foregut ambulatory monitoring, and has made several key contributions to the understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of diseases of the esophagus and their surgical correction. He has over 430 publications in peer reviewed journals, 161 book chapters, 9 books and several videos and motion pictures to his credit.
Dr. DeMeester earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan and was an intern and chief resident in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. After serving as assistant chief, Thoracic-Cardiovascular Surgery Service at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, he joined the University of Chicago, where he rose to the rank of tenured professor and chief of the Thoracic Surgery Division. He spent seven years at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, as professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery before joining USC as chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1990. In 2009 he retired from the chair to focus on clinical practice, teaching and research.