Dr. Jonathan Spicer

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor of Surgery, McGill University

Dr. Jonathan Spicer
Contact Information
514-934-1934, ext 43050
Email address: 
jonathan.spicer [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Spicer was born and raised in Montreal and completed his Bachelor degree in Science at McGill University. He continued his medical training at McGill where he earned his MD, after which he moved to Vancouver and completed his surgical internship at the University of British Columbia. He returned to McGill the following year and completed his general surgical training during which he participated in the Surgeon Scientist and Clinical Investigator programs as an FRSQ funded student and earned a PhD in Experimental Surgery.

Dr. Spicer completed his training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the world’s largest cancer center – University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. His clinical interests focus on minimally invasive approaches to lung cancer as well as complex resections for advanced thoracic malignancies. He has paired his clinical focus with a comprehensive research program in cancer metastasis. His laboratory studies the link between inflammation and metastasis with a particular focus on neutrophil and circulating tumor cell interactions.

Montreal General Hospital (MGH)
Hospital title: 
Dr. Ray Chiu Distinguished Scientist in Surgical Research 
Advanced Thoracic and Upper GI Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program Director
Rossy Cancer Network Lung Cancer Disease Site Lead​
Attending Surgeon, Division of Thoracic and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, MUHC
General surgery
Selected publications: 

1: Milette S, Fiset PO, Walsh LA, Spicer JD, Quail DF. The Innate Immune
Architecture of Lung Tumors and its Implication in Disease Progression. J Pathol.
2019 Jan 25. doi: 10.1002/path.5241. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID:

2: Renaud S, Seitlinger J, St-Pierre D, Garfinkle R, Al Lawati Y, Guerrera F,
Ruffini E, Falcoz PE, Massard G, Ferri L, Spicer J. Prognostic value of
neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio in lung metastasectomy for colorectal cancer. Eur
J Cardiothorac Surg. 2018 Dec 1. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezy388. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed PMID: 30508167.

3: Eustache J, Ferri LE, Feldman LS, Lee L, Spicer JD. Enhanced recovery after
pulmonary surgery. J Thorac Dis. 2018 Nov;10(Suppl 32):S3755-S3760. doi:
10.21037/jtd.2018.09.61. Review. PubMed PMID: 30505562; PubMed Central PMCID:

4: Spicer JD, Shewale JB, Nelson DB, Mitchell KG, Bott MJ, Vallières E, Wilshire
CL, Vaporciyan AA, Swisher SG, Jones DR, Darling GE, Sepesi B. Multimodality
Therapy for N2 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: An Evolving Paradigm. Ann Thorac Surg.
2019 Jan;107(1):277-284. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.07.033. Epub 2018 Sep 15.
PubMed PMID: 30227129.

5: Renaud S, Seitlinger J, Lawati YA, Guerrera F, Falcoz PE, Massard G, Ferri L,
Spicer J. Anatomical Resections Improve Survival Following Lung Metastasectomy of
Colorectal Cancer Harboring KRAS Mutations. Ann Surg. 2018 May 17. doi:
10.1097/SLA.0000000000002829. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29781848.

6: Nelson DB, Godoy MCB, Benveniste MF, Shewale JB, Spicer JD, Mitchell KG,
Hofstetter WL, Mehran RJ, Rice DC, Sepesi B, Walsh GL, Vaporciyan AA, Swisher SG,
Roth JA, Antonoff MB. Clinicoradiographic Predictors of Aggressive Biology in
Lung Cancer With Ground Glass Components. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018
Jul;106(1):235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.02.020. Epub 2018 Mar 11.
PubMed PMID: 29534957.

7: Gosselin-Tardif A, Lie J, Nicolau I, Molina JC, Cools-Lartigue J, Feldman L,
Spicer J, Mueller C, Ferri L. Gastrectomy with Extended Lymphadenectomy: a North
American Perspective. J Gastrointest Surg. 2018 Mar;22(3):414-420. doi:
10.1007/s11605-017-3633-5. Epub 2017 Nov 9. PubMed PMID: 29124550.

8: Molina JC, Misariu AM, Nicolau I, Spicer J, Mulder D, Ferri LE, Mueller CL.
Same day discharge for benign laparoscopic hiatal surgery: a feasibility
analysis. Surg Endosc. 2018 Feb;32(2):937-944. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5769-5.
Epub 2017 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 28779258.

9: Paci P, Madani A, Lee L, Mata J, Mulder DS, Spicer J, Ferri LE, Feldman LS.
Economic Impact of an Enhanced Recovery Pathway for Lung Resection. Ann Thorac
Surg. 2017 Sep;104(3):950-957. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.05.085. Epub 2017
Aug 2. PubMed PMID: 28778343.

10: Chandrasekaran A, Kalashnikov N, Rayes R, Wang C, Spicer J, Moraes C. Thermal
scribing to prototype plastic microfluidic devices, applied to study the
formation of neutrophil extracellular traps. Lab Chip. 2017 May
31;17(11):2003-2012. doi: 10.1039/c7lc00356k. PubMed PMID: 28524191.

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Areas of interest: 

Neutrophil based mechanisms of cancer metastasis

inflammation and cancer

thoracic malignancy clinical trials

airway surgery

thoracic trauma

Clinical Interests: 
  • Cancer of the Digestive System
  • Cancer of the Immune System
  • Lung Cancer
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