Dr. James D. Luketich
Director, Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program
Old Dominion University - 1977
Medical College of Pennsylvania - 1986
The Hospital of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Cornell University Medical Center; Cleveland Clinic
Dr. James Luketich specializes in thoracic oncology and in treating patients that have been diagnosed with malignant diseases of the lungs and esophagus including mesothelioma, lung cancer and esophageal cancer as well as benign esophageal diseases. His specific area of expertise involves using a multidisciplinary approach to treating lung and esophageal disorders as well as using minimally invasive surgery to perform complex thoracic operations.
Dr. Luketich is currently holds the position of chief of the Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Division at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he is also a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. At UPMC he is the director of the Thoracic Surgical Oncology program and co-director of the Lung Cancer Center.
Educational Background and Professional Appointments
After receiving an undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Luketich attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania where he earned his medical degree. He performed his residency work at The Hospital of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed fellowships in thoracic and cardiothoracic surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Cornell University Medical Center in New York, and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
The Pennsylvania Oncologic Society, American Association for Cancer Research, Society of Surgical Oncology, International Society for the Study of Lung Cancer and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery are just a few of the many organizations that Dr. Luketich is affiliated with.
Publications by James Luketich, M.D.
Dr. Luketich is a featured contributor in over 200 medical publications and is currently the principal investigator or co-investigator on a large number of research grants to study a range of topics including lung cancer detection and prognosis, the treatment of thoracic disease and pleural mesothelioma treatment modalities.
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