01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Benjamin Wei is a thoracic surgeon at the Kirklin Clinic of University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. He also serves as an associate professor and program director of cardiothoracic residency at UAB Hospital. With 14 years of experience and a board-certification in surgery, Dr. Wei specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgeries for lung cancer, mesothelioma and other conditions.

Dr. Wei has been working with UAB Hospital since 2013, and has assisted in developing resources for individuals in cardiothoracic and surgical training programs. Previously, he completed residencies at Duke University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Cardiac/thoracic surgery, robotic-assisted and video-assisted thoracic surgery, lung cancer, lung and esophageal cancer surgeries, mediastinal tumors, treatment of paralyzed diaphragm, paraesophageal hernias, esophageal motility disorders and lung cancer staging techniques.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Head and Neck Research Prize, Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Residency for General Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Fellowship for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Duke University
03. Publications


Technical and operational modifications required for evolving robotic programs performing anatomic pulmonary resectionJournal of Robotic Surgery. September 2018;12(3):529-534 doi: 10.1007/s11701-018-0779-4

Sternotomy for esophagectomy: Is it worth the risk? The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. December 2018;156(6):e221-e222. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.09.001