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The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Experts

Leadership​​​

​James D. Luketich, MD, FACS
Henry T. Bahnson Professor and Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
Director, Thoracic Surgical Oncology
Co-Director, Lung Cancer Center

  • Surgical treatment of thoracic diseases
  • Minimally invasive esophageal surgery
  • Multi-disciplinary management of esophageal and gastroesophageal cancers

Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Experts

Omar Awais, DO​ ​​
  • Thoracic surgical oncology for lung, esophageal, mediastinal, and gastroesophageal cancers
  • Surgical treatment of benign esophageal diseases
  • Multi-modal therapy for thoracic diseases
Nicholas Baker, MD
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and ​esophageal diseases
Neil Christie, MD
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Antireflux surgery
  • Fluorescent bronchoscopy
  • Thoracic stereotactic radiosurgery
Lawrence Crist, DO, MBA
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal diseases​
Jonathan D’Cunha, MD, PhD, FACS​
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery for lung and esophageal cancers and mesothelioma​
​​​​​Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA​
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases
Peter Ferson, MD
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases
  • Surgical education​​
James Klena, MD
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases​​
Jason Lamb, MD
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases
Ryan Levy, MD
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases​
  • Thoracic surgical oncology for esophageal, gastric, and lung cancers
  • Management of GERD and other thoracic conditions
James Luketich, MD
  • Surgical treatment of thoracic diseases
  • Minimally invasive esophageal surgery
  • Multi-disciplinary management of esophageal and gastroesophageal cancers
Katie Nason, MD, MPH
  • Endoscopic and minimally invasive approaches to treating thoracic cancers
Arjun Pennathur, MD
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Thoracic surgical oncology​
​Neha Reddy, MD
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases​
​Manuel Villa Sanchez, MD​
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases​
Inderpal Sarkaria, MD, FACS
  • Minimally invasive esophageal surgery
  • Video Assisted Thoracic Surgical (VATS) lobectomy for lung cancer
  • VATS thymectomy for thymoma
  • Antireflux surgery​
Matthew Schuchert, MD
  • Thoracic surgical oncology
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • CyberKnife surgery​
Manisha Shende, MD
  • Thoracic surgical oncology
  • Minimally invasive surgery for chest wall deformations​

Cardiothoracic Transplant Experts

​​Jonathan D’Cunha, MD, PhD, FACS​
  • Lung transplantation
  • ECMO
Robert Kormos, MD​
  • Heart transplantation
  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • Ventricular assist devices
Pablo Sanchez, MD​
  • ​​Lung transplantation
  • ECMO
  • EVLP
Christopher Sciortino, MD, PhD​
  • Heart transplantation
  • Adult cardiac surgery for advanced heart failure including coronary artery bypass, ventricular assist devices
  • ECMO​​​
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Contact Us

To refer a patient or to learn more about our programs, call the phone numbers below.

Division of Cardiac Surgery and Heart Transplant
Phone: 412-648-6200

Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Phone: 412-692-5218
Fax: 412-692-5817

Division of Lung Transplant and Lung Failure
Phone: 412-648-6202

Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
Phone: 412-647-7555

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