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Research Protocols Promote Advanced Patient Care

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory investigates new treatment approaches that are immediately applicable to patient care or will move into the clinical setting within several years. We focus on innovative pursuits and are particularly interested in targeting problems for which no effective solution currently exists.

Our research programs include:

Lung Cancer

  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for locally advanced lung cancer


  • Chemo (Alimta) radiation/surgery trial
  • PDT
  • PDT/vaccine research with Roswell Park

Non-cancer lung diseases

  • Development of an artificial lung for reversible lung disease
  • Non-surgical lung volume reduction “surgery” for emphysema
  • PDT for fungal infections in the lung and other inaccessible locations
  • Development of a system to identify areas of the lung that leak air at the time of surgery
  • Development of a system to seal injured lungs that leak air
  • Development of a technique for studying ultrasound blood flow measurements to identify potential clots that might travel to the lung

Our PDT program continues to expand beyond pulmonary, pleural and esophageal applications, and we are in the process of establishing a comprehensive multidisciplinary PDT center.


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