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.