01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Rodney J. Landreneau is a thoracic surgeon at Penn Highlands Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Landreneau previously served as a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Director of Thoracic Surgery at The University of Pittburgh Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University in 1978 prior to completing a residency in general surgery and fellowship in thoracic surgery. Dr. Landreneau has filled a variety of prominent positions, including Professor of Surgery and Human Oncology at Hahneman University, Professor of General Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Medical Director and Vice Chair of The Department of Surgery for Cancer Services at Ochsner Medical Center, Director of Thoracic Oncology at the Allegheny Cancer Institute and many more.

Dr. Landreneau has been able to share his expertise by acting as a journal reviewer or editor for a variety of renowned publications, such as the Annals of Thoracic SurgeryChestJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgerySurgery NewsJournal of Lung Cancer and many more.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Lung diseases, esophagus diseases, mesothelioma, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion, clinical trials, lung volume reduction surgery and minimally invasive lung cancer surgery.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, named on Pittsburgh Magazine’s list of the region’s Top Doctors, American Surgical Association member

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
  • Residency at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
  • Residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital
03. Publications


Spinal cord ischemia resulting in paraplegia following extrapleural pneumonectomyChest. August 2014;146(2):e38-e40. doi: 10.1378/chest.13-3062

Adaptation of a chemosensitivity assay to accurately assess pemetrexed in ex vivo cultures of lung cancerCancer Biology & Therapy. January 2013;14(1):39-44. doi: 10.4161/cbt.22622

Patterns of recurrence and long-term survival after curative resection of localized fibrous tumors of the pleuraClinical Lung Cancer. November 2005;7(3):197-201.