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Lynne A. Skaryak, MD

Facilities Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgery of SoutheastHEALTH
Groups Accepting First Option
Status Associate
Undergraduate school University of North Carolina, 1985
Medical school Duke University School of Medicine, 1989
Fellowship Duke University Medical Center, 1999
Thoracic Surgery
Residency University of Chicago Hospital, 1992
General Surgery
Internship Duke University Medical Center, 1991
General Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons - Fellow
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Board certification

American Board of Thoracic Surgery


Sometimes we take our lungs for granted. But they are essential to our good health. SoutheastHEALTH thoracic surgeon Lynne Skaryak shares tips on how to keep your lungs working well to help keep you well.

Publications & Research


  • Skaryak, LA, Bonhaus D, McNamara J: Glycine regulation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor coupled channel in hippocampal membranes. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 1988.
  • Chai, PJ, Skaryak LA, Meliones JN, Stockwell JA, Mahaffey SM, Mault JR, Auten RL, Kern FH, Greeley WG, Ungerleider RM: Right internal jugular ligation increases cerebral blood flow but not intracerebral pressure. CNMC ECMO Symposium, Keystone, Colorado 1993.
  • Skaryak LA, Chai PJ, Kern FH, Greeley WJ, Ungerleider RM: Cerebral metabolism and lactate production are more suppressed with the use of pH-stat management during cooling vs. alpha-stat. Cardiology in the Young 3 (Suppl.1):33, June 1993.
  • Skaryak LA, Chai PJ, Kern FH, Greeley WJ, Ungerleider RM: Combining alpha-stat and pH-stat blood gas strategies during cooling prior to circulatory arrest provides optimal recovery of cerebral metabolism. Circulation 88(Pt. 2):I-335.
  • Chai PJ, Skaryak :A, Meliones JN, Kern FH, Hansell D, Wilson BG, Gaynor JW, Greeley WJ, Ungerleider RM: Increased PEEP compromises cardiac output and myocardial blood flow during veno-venous ECMO Symposium, Keystone, Colorado 1994.
  • Skaryak LA, Kirshbom PM, DiBernardo LR, Kern FH, Greeley WJ, Ungerleider RM, Gaynor JW. Modified ultrafiltration decreases cerebral injury following low flow bypass. Circulation 90(Pt.2):I-253, October 1994.


  • Gharwan H, Erlich R, Skaryak L. Non-small cell lung cancer with bronchopericardial fistula formation. Journal of Clinical Oncology. In press.
  • Park H, Hickman N, Freund F, Skaryak LA, Fishel R, Rare event of MRSA infection in descending necrotizingstinitis from retropharyngeal perforation. Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing. In press.
  • Shah AS, Forbess JM, Skaryak LA, Lilly RE, Vaslef SN, D’Amico TA. Emergent thoracotomy for airway control after intrathoracic tracheal injury. Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection and Critical Care. 48(6):1163-4, 2000 Jun.
  • DiBernardo LR, Kirshborn PM, Skaryak LA, Quarterman RL, Johnson RL, Davies MJ, Gaynor JW, Ungerleider RM. Acute functional consequences of left ventriculotomy. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 66(1):159-65, 1998 July.
  • Clary B, Skaryak L, Tedder M, Hilton A, Botz G, Harpole D. Methemoglobinemia complicating topical anesthesia during bronchoscopic procedures. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 114(2):293-5, 1997 August.
  • Skaryak LA, Lodge AJ, Kirshborn PM, DiBernardo LR, Wilson BG, Meliones JN, Ungerleider RM, Gaynor JW. Low-flow cardiopulmonary bypass produces greater pulmonary dysfunction than circulatory arrest. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 62(5):1284-8, 1996 November.
  • Skaryak :A, Chai PJ, Kern FH, Greeley WJ, Ungerleider RM. Blood gas management and degree of cooling: effects on cerebral metabolism before and after circulatory arrest. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 110(6):1649-57, 1995 December.
  • Chai PJ, Skaryak :A, Ungerleider RM, Greeley WJ, Kern FH, Schulman, SR, Hansell DR, Auten RL, Mahaffey SF, Meliones JN. Jugular ligation does not increase intracranial pressure but does increase bihemispheric cerebral blood flow and metabolism. Critical Care medicine. 23(11):1864-71, 1995 November.
  • Kirshborn PM, Skaryak LA, DiBernardo LR, Kern FH, Greeley WJ, Ungerleider RM, Gaynor JW. Effects of aortopulmonary collaterals on cerebral cooling and cerebral metabolic recovery after circulatory arrest. Circulation. 92(9 Suppl):II490-4, 1995 November 01
  • Skaryak LA, Kirshborn PM, DiBernardo LR, Kern FH, Greeley WJ, Ungerleider RM, Gaynor JW. Modified ultrafiltration improves cerebral metabolic recovery after circulatory arrest. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 109(4):744-5; discussion 751-2, 1995 April.
  • Bonhaus DW, Yeh GC, Skaryak LA, McNamara JO. Glycine regulation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor-gated ion channel in hippocampal membranes. Molecular Pharmacology. 36(2):273-9, 1989 August.
  • Pearlman WH, Lamay EN, Skaryak LA, Peng LH, Pearlman MR. Adrenocortical hormones and lactation: metabolism of 3H-corticosterone and 3H-aldosterone by rat mammary gland minces and by the nuclear fraction of the homogenates. Endocrinologia Experimentalis. 20(2-3):301-9, 1986 August.


  • Skaryak LA: Pulmonary System. In: Handbook of Surgical Intensive Care. CA Milano and B Clary (eds). Mosby International, London 2000.