Dr. Carr

Shamus R. Carr, M.D., FACS

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Building 10, Room 4-3950 West
  • Bethesda, MD 20892
  • 240-858-7000
  • 240-541-4584
Thoracic Surgery Branch


Dr. Carr is a clinically-oriented surgeon-scientist with extensive experience in minimally invasive approaches, especially robotic and endoscopic techniques, used in thoracic surgeries. He brings his significant experience in robotic surgery to bear on lung, esophageal and thymic tumors.

His research builds upon the understanding of tumor biology and the interplay of genetic and epigenetic contributions to the development of cancer. His goal is to identify genetic and/or epigenetic characteristics of an individual tumor that accurately predict prognosis and thus better tailor individualized therapy for patients after surgery. Eventually, these findings may translate into non-invasive means of earlier detection and/or screening.

Areas of Expertise

Lung Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Robotic Surgery
Thymic Malignancies
Tracheal Surgery
Genetic Epidemiology

Information for Patients

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Selected Key Publications

Genetic Contribution to Nonsquamous, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

Carr SR, Akerley W, Cannon-Albright LA.
J Thorac Oncol. 13(7): 938-945, 2018. [ Journal Article ]

Population-Based Relative Risks for Lung Cancer Based on Complete Family History of Lung Cancer

Cannon-Albright LA, Carr SR, Akerley W.
J Thorac Oncol. 14(7): 1184-1191, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

Evidence for a genetical contribution to non-smoking-related lung cancer

Carr SR, Akerley W, Hashibe M, Cannon-Albright LA.
Thorax. 70(11): 1033-9, 2015. [ Journal Article ]

Pathologic complete response (pCR) rates and outcomes after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy with proton or photon radiation for adenocarcinomas of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction

DeCesaris CM, Berger M, Choi JI, Carr SR, Burrows WM, Regine WF, Simone CB 2nd, Molitoris JK.
J Gastrointest Oncol. 11(4): 663-673, 2020. [ Journal Article ]

Arterial invasion predicts early mortality in stage I non-small cell lung cancer

Pechet TT, Carr SR, Collins JE, Cohn HE, Farber JL.
Ann Thorac Surg. 78(5): 1748-53, 2004. [ Journal Article ]


Nurse Practitioner
Cheryl Warga, C.R.N.P.
Nurse Practitioner
Deborsee Jayaram, C.R.N.P
Patient Care Coordinator (Contr.)
Jenny Hauprich
Program Specialist
Jan Pappas
Postdoctoral Fellow (Visiting)
Rasika Hudlikar, Ph.D.