Meet Dr. Scott ReznikMinimally 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.