Biography

Scott Reznik, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in chemistry a Duke University, Dr. Reznik earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as a postdoctoral research fellowship in lung transplant immunology. He then received advanced training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2014, Dr. Reznik was the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Scott and White Memorial Hospital and Clinic in Temple, Texas.

His clinical research interests include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and minimally invasive surgical approaches for both. He has a special interest in patient safety and quality care that includes research on how to safely educate surgical trainees.

Dr. Reznik is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the General Thoracic Surgical Club, the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Meet Dr. Reznik

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeon

Minimally invasive thoracic surgeon Scott Reznik, M.D., focuses on surgical treatments for problems of the chest, including benign and malignant diseases of the lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, and mediastinum (the area between the lungs).

Dr. Reznik has honed his minimally invasive surgery skills with the goal of helping patients recover faster and return to their lives more quickly. 

“Today’s minimally invasive technology allows us to do surgeries that are equivalent – and in some cases, superior – to open-incision surgeries,” he says. “When appropriate for the patient’s needs, it’s a great option.”

For some patients with thoracic disorders, Dr. Reznik offers robotic surgery, in which he uses the assistance of a robotic arm to access the chest cavity through tiny incisions and small instruments that he controls from a computer console.

When it comes to treatment decisions, Dr. Reznik lays out all the options for patients and their families and engages them in every step of their care. He empowers his patients to participate in decision-making so that their care plan is customized to fit their needs.

“It’s not one size fits all for every diagnosis,” he says. “There’s not one right answer for every patient. Working with my UT Southwestern colleagues, I help patients tailor a treatment plan that’s right for them.”

As a self-described “cautiously aggressive” surgeon, Dr. Reznik has been known to take on cases that other surgeons have refused, but only when it’s in the best interest of the patient. Those decisions take a lot of discussion and planning with patients and colleagues, he says, and no decision is made lightly. 

“It’s always about what’s best for the patient,” he says.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2002-2005), Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
  • Residency - Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital (1999-2002), General Surgery
  • Research Fellowship - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (1997-1999), Surgery
  • Residency - Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital (1995-1997), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Washington University School of Medicine (1991-1995)

Clinical Focus

  • Lung & Esophageal Cancer
  • Pulmonary/Lung-Chest Wall-Mediastinal-Pleural Nodules
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Tracheal and Bronchial Tumors
  • Pleural and Pericardial Effusions
  • Chest Wall Deformity
  • Axillary Hyperhidrosis

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Q&A by Dr. Reznik

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