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Traves D. Crabtree, M.D.

Dr. Crabtree
Springfield, IL

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery at Simmons Cancer Institute

315 West Carpenter Street, 2nd Floor, Clinic C
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 545-8000

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL - 1991

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL - 1995

University of Virginia Department of Surgery, Charlottesville, Virginia - 2002

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia - 1999
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO - 2004


Dr. Traves D. Crabtree currently serves as associate professor of surgery in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Crabtree earned his medical degree in 1995 from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine located in Springfield, Illinois. He then went on to pursue a surgical research fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia from 1997-1999. Dr. Crabtree remained at UVA where he completed a residency in general surgery in 2002 before moving on to a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery (2002-2004) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he presently holds his academic post.

Professional Highlights

Board-certified in both surgery and thoracic surgery, Dr. Crabtree is a thoracic surgeon affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri—two hospitals allied with the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. The Siteman Cancer Center is the only cancer center in the state of Missouri, and one of only 41 in the nation, to hold the esteemed Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This prestigious designation is awarded to institutions based on their degree of research specialization.

Clinical Research and Publications

Dr. Crabtree has specifically cited his areas of clinical interest as being pleural disease, minimally invasive lung cancer surgery, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), general thoracic surgery, mediastianal surgery, and esophageal cancer surgery. He has authored or coauthored scientific articles published in highly-regarded medical journals such as The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, among others. His most recent publications are as follows:

  • Scheel PJ 3rd, Crabtree TD, Bell JM, Frederiksen C, Broderick SR, Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Patterson GA, Meyers BF, Puri V. Does surgeon experience affect outcomes in pathologic stage I lung cancer? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Dec 20. 2014. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Fernandez FG, Kozower BD, Crabtree TD, Force SD, Lau C, Pickens A, Krupnick AS, Veeramachaneni N, Patterson GA, Jones DR, Meyers BF. Utility of mediastinoscopy in clinical stage I lung cancers at risk for occult mediastinal nodal metastases. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan;149(1):35-42. Epub 2014 Sep 17.
  • Puri V, Patel A, Majumder K, Bell JM, Crabtree TD, Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Broderick SR, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Intraoperative conversion from video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy to open thoracotomy: A study of causes and implications. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan;149(1):55-62. Epub 2014 Sep 17.
  • Crabtree TD, Puri V, Chen SB, Gierada DS, Bell JM, Broderick S, Krupnick AS, Kreisel D, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Does the method of radiologic surveillance affect survival after resection of stage I non-small cell lung cancer? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan;149(1):45-53. Epub 2014 Aug 8.
  • Bott MJ, Crabtree T. Treatment of stage I lung cancer in high-risk and inoperable patients: SBRT vs. RFA vs. sublobar resection. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2014 Mar;3(2):167-9. No abstract available.
  • Patel AP, Crabtree TD, Bell JM, Guthrie TJ, Robinson CG, Morgensztern D, Colditz GA, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Bradley JD, Patterson GA, Meyers BF, Puri V. National patterns of care and outcomes after combined modality therapy for stage IIIA non-small-cell lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol. 2014 May;9(5):612-21.
  • Puri V, Crabtree TD, Bell JM, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Broderick S, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. National cooperative group trials of "high-risk" patients with lung cancer: are they truly "high-risk"? Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 May;97(5):1678-83; discussion 1683-5. Epub 2014 Feb 16.
  • Crabtree TD, Puri V, Robinson C, Bradley J, Broderick S, Patterson GA, Liu J, Musick JF, Bell JM, Yang M, Meyers BF. Analysis of first recurrence and survival in patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer treated with surgical resection or stereotactic radiation therapy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Apr;147(4):1183-1191; discussion 1191-2. Epub 2014 Jan 2.
  • Hu Y, Puri V, Crabtree TD, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Patterson AG, Meyers BF. Attaining proficiency with endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Dec;146(6):1387-1392. Epub 2013 Sep 24.
  • Crabtree TD, Kosinski AS, Puri V, Burfeind W, Bharat A, Patterson GA, Hofstetter W, Meyers BF. Evaluation of the reliability of clinical staging of T2 N0 esophageal cancer: a review of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Aug;96(2):382-90. Epub 2013 May 31.
  • Puri V, Tran A, Bell JM, Crabtree TD, Kreisel D, Krupnick AS, Patterson GA, Meyers BF. Completion pneumonectomy: outcomes for benign and malignant indications. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun;95(6):1885-90; discussion 1890-1. Epub 2013 May 3.
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