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Janani S. Reisenauer, M.D.

  1. Interventional Pulmonologist
  2. Thoracic Surgeon
  3. Chair, Thoracic Surgery, Minnesota

Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Janani Reisenauer, M.D., is the Division Chair of Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She has been with Mayo Clinic since finishing her fellowship at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in 2018. She and her team specialize in robotic bronchoscopy, a minimally invasive technique that allows specific types of lung cancer to be detected with more accuracy than traditional bronchoscopy. Earlier detection allows people to begin treatment sooner and leads to better long-term results. She is currently involved in clinical trials that deliver breakthrough cancer treatment through the bronchoscope or with surgery within minutes of diagnosis. If successful, these techniques could help people receive life-saving care sooner than ever.

Dr. Reisenauer was the world's first dual fellowship trained and board-certified interventional pulmonologist and thoracic surgeon, and remains one of very few people to achieve both certifications. She is passionate about making care easier and more accessible for everyone, and hopes to help those in under-resourced communities through telehealth, closely collaborating with other physicians, and using more efficient tools like the bronchoscope.

Dr. Reisenauer's drive to innovate extends beyond the surgical suite. As Director of the Innovation Center for the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic, she leads the annual Beahrs Surgical Innovation Summit, where Mayo Clinic doctors and med-tech startups work toward advancing the future of surgical care, together.

  1. Esophageal reconstruction
  2. Esophagectomy
  3. Heller myotomy
  4. Hyperhidrosis surgery
  5. Lung volume reduction surgery
  6. Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  7. Minimally invasive surgery
  8. Minimally invasive thymectomy
  9. Robotic surgery
  10. Segmentectomy
  11. Supercharged jejunal interposition
  12. Thymectomy
  13. Transoral incisionless fundoplication
  14. VATS
  15. VATS lobectomy
  16. Video mediastinoscopy
  1. 2018
    Fellow - Interventional PulmonologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine
  2. 2018
    SubSpec FellowInterventional Advanced Diagno, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2017
    Fellow - Thoracic SurgeryMayo Graduate School of Medicine
  4. 2017
    ResidentThoracic Surgery, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 2015
    Resident - General SurgeryMayo Graduate School of Medicine
  6. 2010
    MDUniversity of Alabama
  7. 2006
    Research Assistant - UAB Liver Center - Studied pathogenesis and characteristics of NAFLD amongst patients' post-gastric bypass.University of Alabama
  8. 2006
    BS - BiologyUniversity of Alabama


  1. 2019
    Interventional PulmonologyAmerican Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
  2. 2018
    Cardiothoracic SurgeryAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery
  3. 2016
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2016
    Robotics Scholarship AwardAATS/TSRA
  2. 2015
    Best Presentation Award World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons 25th Annual Meeting
  3. 2015
    fly in scholarshipSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  4. 2015
    Political Advocacy Summit Scholarship Recipient Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  5. 2015
    2nd place Masters Cup European Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  6. 2014
    Scholarship Women in Thoracic Surgery
  7. 2013
    Award for most meticulous General Surgery residentVan Heerden

Professional memberships

  1. 2021 - present
    Commiittee MemberMERIT | Multidisciplinary Esophageal Surgery Recovery Initiative
  2. 2020 - 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic College of Medicine Education Research Committee
  3. 2020 - 2021
    MemberMayo Clinic Cancer Center, Scientific Progress Review Subcommittee (SPRC)
  4. 2019 - 2020
    MemberResearch Committee, Department of Surgery
  5. 2018
    MemberRobotics Committee, Mayo Clinic Thoracic Surgery; Robotics Committee
  6. 2015 - present
    MemberEuropean Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  7. 2015 - present
    MemberWomen in Thoracic Surgery
  8. 2015 - present
    MemberThoracic Surgery Residents Association
  9. 2015 - present
    Key Contact PersonSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  10. 2010 - present
    MemberMinnesota Surgical Society
  11. 2010 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association