Janani S. Reisenauer, M.D.

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

Janani S. Reisenauer, M.D., is a thoracic surgeon and interventional pulmonologist with a special interest in minimally invasive approaches to treating lung cancer, including early identification. Her approach to care is patient-centered and personalized, and she is dedicated to optimizing post-surgical care, improving patient experience, satisfaction and overall outcome. She is the Vice-Chair for Innovation in the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Her clinical focus includes:

  • Treatment of lung cancer
  • Thoracic and cardiothoracic surgery, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, minimally invasive lung surgery and robotic lung surgery
  • Early identification of lung cancer, biopsy techniques and advanced bronchoscopic therapeutic techniques
  • Patient-focused directive for practice efficiency and quality metrics and optimization of post-surgical experience and outcomes for complex surgeries
  • Innovations in health care, including quality care in the operating room as well as postoperatively

Dr. Reisenauer earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed her general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. She is the first thoracic surgeon to complete the interventional pulmonary medicine fellowship as a path to board certification.

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Reisenauer is an active leader in research and education. She is currently exploring initiatives within AI, digital surgery, new surgical device development and telemedicine. She is involved in an industry-sponsored trial evaluating the role of a new robotic bronchoscope and additional trials involving endoscopic therapeutic interventions in the lung. She has been awarded an internal benefactor grant to evaluate enhanced imaging in the operating room in conjunction with robotic bronchoscopy. She authors expert content and publishes in high-impact scientific journals.

  1. Achalasia
  2. Esophageal cancer
  3. Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  4. Hiatal hernia
  5. Hyperhidrosis
  6. Lung cancer
  7. Mediastinal lymph node enlargement
  8. Mediastinal tumor
  9. Myasthenia gravis
  10. Pancoast tumor
  11. Pneumothorax
  12. Thymic tumor
  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
    MERIT | Multidisciplinary Esophageal Surgery Recovery Initiative
  2. 2020 - 2021
    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Education Research Committee
  3. 2020 - 2021
    Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Scientific Progress Review Subcommittee (SPRC)
  4. 2019 - 2020
    Research Committee, Department of Surgery
  5. 2018
    Robotics Committee, Mayo Clinic Thoracic Surgery; Robotics Committee
  6. 2015 - present
    European Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  7. 2015 - present
    Women in Thoracic Surgery
  8. 2015 - present
    Thoracic Surgery Residents Association
  9. 2015 - present
    Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  10. 2010 - present
    Minnesota Surgical Society
  11. 2010 - present
    American Medical Association