Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS, is a thoracic surgeon specializing in malignant and benign diseases of the chest including the lungs, pleura, esophagus and mediastinum. He is vice chairman of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery, and co-director of the Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute.
Dr. Sarkaria has extensive expertise and experience in minimally invasive and Video Assisted Thoracic Surgical (VATS) approaches including esophagectomy for esophageal cancer, VATS lobectomy for lung cancer, VATS thymectomy, laparoscopic anti-refux surgery for GERD, laparoscopic surgery for achalasia, laparoscopic repair of giant paraesophageal hernias (GPEH), and robotic-assisted approaches to these conditions.
Dr. Sarkaria earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his surgical residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center. He has completed fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center, thoracic surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and advanced minimally invasive esophageal and thoracic surgery at UPMC.