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Cardiothoracic Surgery Experts

The UPMC Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute bring together a team of leading cardiothoracic experts who collaborate on creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

Contact Us

Contact the UPMC Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute with questions or for more information.

Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Division: 412-647-7555

Cardiothoracic Transplant Division: 412-648-6202

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

Rajeev Dhupar, MD, MBA

  • 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

Olugbenga T. Okusanya, MD

  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases

Arjun Pennathur, MD

  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Thoracic surgical oncology

Neha Reddy, MD

  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases

    Inderpal (Netu) 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

    Manuel Villa Sanchez, MD

    • Minimally invasive surgery for lung, pleural, and esophageal diseases

    Jie Zhang, MD, PhD

    • Interventional and surgical approaches for thoracic diseases

    • Minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal diseases

    Cardiothoracic Transplant Experts 

    Robert Kormos, MD

    • Heart transplantation
    • Adult cardiac surgery
    • Ventricular assist devices

    Pedro Reck dos Santos, MD, MSc

    • Lung transplantation
    • ECMO

    Pablo Sanchez, MD, PhD, FACS

    • 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