01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Yang has completed an extensive amount of research into a number of different interests. He has studied the development of molecular markers for the early diagnosis of lung cancer, the molecular biology of mesothelioma, the detection of telomerase activity to detect the presence of lung cancer and finally, the development of molecular markers for early diagnosis of recurrent lung cancer after surgical resection.

Dr. Yang’s clinical work, similar to his research, focuses on a number of lung and chest related areas. Dr. Yang has also spent time clinically studying the surgery, early diagnosis and detection of esophageal cancer as well as neoadjuvant therapy, a preoperative multi-modal treatment combining chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

A number of scholarly articles have been authored or co-authored by Dr. Yang and published in a variety of prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. His articles have largely focused on improving survival outcomes for lung cancer and the investigation of particular proteins and genes associated with different thoracic cancers.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Chest trauma surgery, emphysema, esophageal cancer, esophageal cancer surgery, fibrosis, lung cancer, lung cancer surgery, lung transplant, lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema, mediastinal masses, mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma, surgery, thoracic surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Association of Thoracic Surgeons member, American College of Chest Physicians member, American College of Surgeons member, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group member, Association for Academic Surgeons member, Association for Surgical Education member, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons member, Society of University Surgeons member, American Association of Thoracic Surgery Research Scholar, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Program Director Research Award

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Fellowships at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine
03. Publications


Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Clinical Practice Guidelines in OncologyJournal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network. July 2010; 8(7): 740-801. doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2010.0056

Long-term Survival Outcomes by Smoking Status in Surgical and Nonsurgical Patients With Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Comparing Never Smokers and Current SmokersChest. September 2010; 138(3): 500-509. doi: 10.1378/chest.08-2991

BCL6 repression of EP300 in human diffuse large B cell lymphoma cells provides a basis for rational combinatorial therapyJournal of Clinical Investigation. November 2010; 120(12): 4569-4582. doi: 10.1172/JCI42869