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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
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
BCE (Chemical Engineering)
Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 1987.

Georgetown University, College of Arts and Science, Washington, DC , 1988.
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.
American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification #6660, .
American Board of Surgery Certification #45468, .
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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

Kucharczuk JC. : Diagnostic procedures in thoracic surgery. [In press] Surgical Pitfalls 2009.

Kucharczuk JC, Cooper JD. : Surgical technique: Transcervical thymectomy. [In press] Adult Chest Surgery. 2009.

Ra J, Paulson EC, Kucharczuk J, Armstrong K, Wirtalla C, Rapaport-Kelz R, Kaiser LR, Spitz FR. : Postoperative mortality after esophagectomy for cancer: development of a preoperative risk prediction model. Annals of Surgical Oncology 15(6): 1577-84, Jun 2008.

Paulson EC, Ra J, Wirtalla C, Rohrbach J, Kelz R, Cooper J, Rosato E, Gorman J, Kaiser L, Kucharczuk JC, Spitz F. : Predictors of postoperative course following esophagectomy at a high volume institution. [Presentation] Academic Surgical Congress, Huntington Beach, CA Feb 2008.

Kucharczuk, JC. : ACP XXI: Disorders of the mediastinum and hila. American College of Physicians Medicine. WebMD Inc, 2008.

Cornelius, K, Abbott, P, Moore B, Murphy J, Kucharczuk JC. : Lobectomy for lung cancer in the octogenarian; is age a risk factor? A single institutional general thoracic database review. [Presentation] Society of Thoracic Surgeons Advances in Quality and Outcomes Meeting, Minneapolis, MN Nov 2007.

Willmont AS, Levine MS, Rubesin SE, Kucharczuk JC, Laufer I. : Intraluminal migration of surgical drains after transhiatal esophagogastrectomy: radiographic findings and clinical relevance. American Journal of Roentgenology 189(4): 780-5, Oct 2007.

Kreider ME, Hansen-Flaschen J, Ahmand N, Rossman MD, Kaiser LR, Kucharczuk JC, Shrager JB. : Complications of video-assisted thoracoscopic lung biopsy in patients with interstitial lung disease. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 83(3): 1140-4, Mar 2007.

Kucharczuk JC, Cooper JD. : Tracheal Resection for Subglotic Stenosis. The General Thoracic Surgical Club 25th Annual Meeting, Captiva Island, FL Feb 2007.

Kucharczuk JC, Shrager JB, Kaiser LR, Cooper JD. : Transcervical thymectomy for non thymomatous myasthenia gravis. Society of Thoracic Surgery, San Diego, CA Jan 2007.

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