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John C. Kucharczuk, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Hospital
Active Surgeon, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Active Surgeon, Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Attending Surgeon, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Member of Resident Work Hours Task Force, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Faculty Annual Giving Appeal Committee, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Medical Director, Rhoads 1 Thoracic Surgery Unit, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Penn Medicine
Chairman, Thoracic Oncology Service Line, Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania Health System
Department: Surgery

Contact information
Division of Thoracic Surgery
6th Floor White Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 2156624988
Fax: 2153495798
Education:
BCE (Chemical Engineering)
Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 1987.

Georgetown University, College of Arts and Science, Washington, DC , 1988.
MD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1992.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1992-1993.
Junior Resident in Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1993-1994.
Research Training Fellowship, Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory, Harrison Department of Surgical Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-1996.
Resident in Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1996-1998.
Chief Resident in Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1998-1999.
Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1999-2001.
Certifications
American Board of Surgery Certification #45468, .
American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification #6660, .
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Description of Research Expertise

Adjuvant Treatment for Lung cancer-clinical trials
Trimodality Treatment for Esophgeal cancer-clinical trials
Quality Outcome Measures in Thoracic Surgery
Benchmarking Outcomes in Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery Education

Description of Clinical Expertise

Surgery for Lung Cancer
Surgery For Esophgeal Cancer
Surgery of Mediasinal Disease
Surgery for Pleural Disease and Mesothelioma
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Repair and Management of Esophageal Perforations
Complex Sugical resections for locally advanced lung and esophgeal cancer

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Kucharczuk completed medical School, a general Surgery Residency and thoracic Surgery Training all at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical and research interests focus on general thoracic surgery. He has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the chest including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mesothelioma, and mediastinal tumors. He performs a high volume of traditional and minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedures at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory, serves as the educational coordinator for the Thoracic Surgery Service and is involved in a number of basic as well clinical research projects.

Selected Publications

Keating J, Newton A, Venegas O, Nims S, Zeh R, Predina J, Deshpande C, Kucharczuk J, Nie S, Delikatny EJ, Singhal S: Near-Infrared Intraoperative Molecular Imaging Can Locate Metastases to the Lung. Ann Thorac Surg 103(3): 390-398, Feb 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.08.079.

Remick JS, Schonewolf C, Gabriel P, Doucette A, Levin WP, Kucharczuk JC, Singhal S, Pechet TT, Rengan R, Simone CB 2nd, Berman AT: First Clinical Report of Proton Beam Therapy for Postoperative Radiotherapy for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. Clin Lung Cancer Jan 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.cllc.2016.12.009.

Ecker BL, Savulionyte GE, Datta J, Dumon KR, Kucharczuk J, Williams NN, Dempsey DT.: Laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy improves hospital outcomes and reduces cost: a single-institution analysis of laparoscopic-assisted and open techniques. Surg Endosc. 30(6): 2535-42, Jun 2016 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s00464-015-4519-9.

Vogel J, Berman AT, Lin L, Pechet TT, Levin WP, Gabriel P, Khella SL, Singhal S, Kucharczuk JK, Simone CB 2nd.: Prospective study of proton beam radiation therapy for adjuvant and definitive treatment of thymoma and thymic carcinoma: Early response and toxicity assessment. Radiother Oncol 118(3): 504-9, Mar 2016 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2016.02.003.

Keating JJ, Nims S, Venegas O, Jiang J, Holt D, Kucharczuk JC, Deshpande C, Singhal S.: Intraoperative imaging identifies thymoma margins following neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Oncotarget 7(3), Jan 2016 Notes: DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.6578

Low DE, Alderson D, Cecconello I, Chang AC, Darling GE, DʼJourno XB, Griffin SM, Hölscher AH, Hofstetter WL, Jobe BA, Kitagawa Y, Kucharczuk JC, Law SY, Lerut TE, Maynard N, Pera M, Peters JH, Pramesh CS, Reynolds JV, Smithers BM, van Lanschot JJ.: International Consensus on Standardization of Data Collection for Complications Associated With Esophagectomy: Esophagectomy Complications Consensus Group (ECCG). Ann Surg 262(2): 286-94, Aug 2015 Notes: doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001098.

Trister AD, Pryma DA, Xanthopoulos E, Kucharczuk J, Sterman D, Rengan R: Prognostic value of primary tumor FDG uptake for occult mediastinal lymph node involvement in clinically N2/N3 node-negative non-small cell lung cancer. Am J Clin Oncol. 37(2): 135-9, Apr 2014 Notes: doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e31826b9cd3.

Singhal S, Kucharczuk JC: Total Pectus Excavatum Repair: Open Approach Open Tech Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 19: 348-364, 2014 Notes: DOI: 10.1053/j.optechstcvs.2014.10.002.

Mavroudis CD, Kucharczuk JC: Acute Management of Esophageal Perforation. Curr Surg Rep 2, 2014 Notes: doi:10.1007/s40137-013-0034-x.

Fernandes AT, Mitra N, Xanthopoulos E, Evans T, Stevenson J, Langer C, Kucharczuk JC, Lin L, Rengan R. : The impact of extent and location of mediastinal lymph node involvement on survival in Stage III non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with definitive radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 83(1): 340-7, May 2012 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2011.05.070.

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