01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Sunil Singhal is Director of Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory at Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in lung cancer and esophageal cancer, including challenging resection surgery and treating advanced-stage disease.

Dr. Singhal founded the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory in 2007 and has since received numerous awards and grants in recognition of his work. The Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory aims to create new treatment protocols for diseases of the chest, including mesothelioma and other lung and esophageal cancers. Research efforts of this lab generally focus on molecular biology, immunotherapy, nanotechnology, and gene therapy. Since its creation, Dr. Singhal’s research lab has developed a new approach to prevent recurrent disease after surgery, patented a new bronchoscope and initiated patient enrollment in clinical trials analyzing a new method of cancer imaging using nanotechnology.

A published author of over 100 journal articles, Dr. Singhal has also contributed chapters to numerous published books and has written reviews, abstracts, case reports and editorials, in addition to sharing his expertise via educational media outlets.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Thoracic surgery, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, thymoma, Barrett’s esophagus, robotic surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), minimally invasive lung surgery, small cell lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery Certification, American Board of Surgery Certification, America’s Top Doctors, featured in Philadelphia magazine’s Top Docs Issue, member of National Society of Thoracic Surgery Workforce for Evidence-Based Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians, American Association for Cancer Research and the National Association for Academic Surgery

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency at John Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Cancer Molecular Training Program
03. Publications


Intraoperative near-infrared imaging of mesotheliomaTranslational Lung Cancer Research. June 2017;6(3):279-284. doi: 10.21037/tlcr.2017.05.01

Intraoperative fluorescence imaging in thoracic surgeryJournal of Surgical Oncology. August 2018;118( 2):344-355. doi: 10.1002/jso.25149

The value of delayed phase enhanced imaging in malignant pleural mesotheliomaJournal of Thoracic Disease. August 2017;9(8):2344-2349. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2017.07.86