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Laparoscopic Surgery Pioneer


Thomas R. Huntington MD, FACS has practiced the art and science of surgery for over four decades and was a pioneer of laparoscopy in Idaho. He has mentored myriad local surgeons in laparoscopic surgery, and after a successful career as a rural surgeon, Dr. Huntington now specializes in laparoscopic foregut surgery, which is surgery of the esophagus and stomach. He has performed over 5,000 fundoplications in his prolific career, including giant paraesophageal hernias and revisional surgeries. He described the first series of laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair in the surgical literature. His complex laparoscopic practice includes minimally invasive treatment of esophageal and gastric cancers, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, colon resection, and hernia repair.

As a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the Idaho College of Surgeons, and active member of the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopy Surgeons (SAGES), Dr. Huntington continues to incorporate modern medical advances with decades of experiences. His patients value the personalized, respectful, and dedicated care that Dr. Huntington provides.

Recently, Dr. Huntington has welcomed his daughter, surgeon Dr. Ciara Huntington to his private practice. Together, Drs. Huntington continue to provide southwest Idaho with compassionate and quality laparoscopic surgical care.

When not at the hospital, you'll find Dr. Huntington traveling the world, fly-fishing with his wife of 42+ years, and spending time with family & friends enjoying the Idaho outdoors.


Huntington, T. R. and Hadley, M. E. Evidence against mass action feedback inhibition
of melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) release. Endocrine, 1975, 95: 472-79.

Huntington, T. R., and Klomp, G. R. Retained staples as a cause of mechanical small-
bowel obstruction. Surgical Endoscopy. 1995, 9: 353-54.

Huntington, T. R. Laparoscopic trans-abdominal pre-peritoneal repair of a hernia of
Morgagni. Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery. 1996, 6:131-33.

Huntington, T. R., and LeMaster, C. B. Laparoscopic hypothermia: heat loss from
insuflation gas flow. Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy. 1997, 7:153-155.

Huntington, T. R. Laparoscopic mesh repair of the esophageal hiatus. Journal of the
American College of Surgeons. 1997, 184:399-400.

Huntington, T. R., and Bohlman, T. W. Laparoscopic biliary guidewire: a simplified
approach to choledocholithiasis. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 1997, 45:295-297.

Huntington, T.R. Short term outcome of laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair: a
case series of 58 consecutive patients. Surgical Endoscopy. 1997, 11:894-898.

Huntington, T.R., Nishitani, R., Belue, J.B., and Klomp, G.R. Small bowel obstruction
secondary to laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy. Surgical Endoscopy.
1999, 11:246-249.

Huntington, T. R., and Danielson, L. Variation in fundic dimensions with respect to short
gastric vessel division in laparoscopic fundoplication. Surgical Endoscopy. 2001, 15:76-

Seifert, A. L., and Huntington, T. R. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in a community
hospital without robotic assistance. Urology. 2006, 68:831-833.

Huntington, C. R. LeMaster, C. B., Huntington, T. R., et al. Safety first: significant risk
of air embolism in laparoscopic gasketless systems. Surgical Endoscopy. 2019,
Published Online15 February 2019

Huntington, T. R. Laparoscopic treatment of pancreatic fluid collection. Surgical
Endoscopy, 1994, 8: 442.

Huntington, T. R., and Bohlman, T. Laparoscopic biliary guide wire- a simplified
approach to choledocholithiasis. Surgical Endoscopy, 1996, 10: 236.

Huntington, T. R. Eight year outcome of laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair.
International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, Adelaid, Australia, 2006

Huntington, C. R. and Huntington, T. R. et al. Safety first: significant risk of air
embolism in laparoscopic gasketless insuflation systems. SAGES, April, 2018

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