Luketich, James D.

Luketich, James D

James D. Luketich is a mesothelioma expert world-renowned for performing complex surgeries with only minimally invasive techniques so that patients experience less discomfort and a speedier recovery.

  • Serves as chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, chief of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Division, director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology, co-director of UPMC Lung Cancer Center, associate director of Surgical Affairs for University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and director of Mark Ravitch/Leon C. Hirsh Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery.
  • Strong proponent of multimodality care, using surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy as a treatment package.
  • Principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous research projects.
  • Published more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 350 abstracts and 150 invited reviews, textbook chapters and editorials.
  • Editorial board member of the Annals of Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
  • Frequently invited to lecture on minimally invasive techniques around the world.
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Member of the American Surgical Association, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons.


  • M.D. degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania.