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Colleen B. Gaughan, MD

Colleen B. Gaughan, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Gaughan is employed by Penn Medicine.

Clinical Specialties


  • Thoracic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2013

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adenocarcinoma of Lung
  • Anomalies of Diaphragm
  • Anterior Mediastinotomy
  • Asbestosis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Biopsy Chest Wall
  • Biopsy Diaphragm
  • Bronchial Fistula Repair
  • Bronchogenic Cysts
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cancer of the Mediastinum
  • Chest Wall Abscess
  • Chest Wall Disorder
  • Chest Wall Lump
  • Chest Wall Resection
  • Chest Wall Tumors
  • Closure of Diaphragmatic Fistula
  • Closure of External Fistula of Trachea
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Contusion of Chest Wall
  • Correction of Pectus Deformity
  • Decortication of Lung
  • Diaphragm Tumor
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Endobronchial Stent Placement
  • Endobronchial Valve Insertion
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diverticulectomy
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophageal Myotomy
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagus Tumors
  • Excision of Bronchus
  • Exploratory Thoracotomy
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Flail Chest
  • Foreign Body in Esophagus
  • Fundoplication
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
  • Hamartoma of Lung
  • Hilar Adenopathy
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Hyperhidrosis Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy for Achalasia
  • Large Cell Cancer of the Lung
  • Laser Resection of Airway Tumors
  • Ligation of Bronchus
  • Lung (Chest) Biopsy
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Carcinoid Tumor
  • Lung Contusion
  • Lung Metastasis
  • Lung Resection
  • Lung Tumors
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Malignant Effusion
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Main Bronchus
  • Mallory Weiss Tear
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Mediastinal Disorders
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinitis
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Mesothelioma
  • Mesothelioma Surgery
  • Metastatic Tumors to the Lungs
  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Pulmonary Lobectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Needle Procedure
  • Open Biopsy of Bronchus
  • Open Biopsy of Lesion of Mediastinum
  • Open Biopsy of Lung
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Pectus Carinatum
  • Pectus Excavatum
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Diseases
  • Pleural Effusion (Fluid in the Lung)
  • Pleurectomy
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pleurx Catheter
  • Plication of Emphysematous Bleb
  • Plication of the Diaphragm
  • Pulmonary Metastases
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Repair of Diaphragm
  • Revision of Tracheostomy
  • Rib Fracture
  • Robotic Lung Surgery
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Sarcoma of the Lung
  • Sequestrum of Lung
  • Sleeve Lobectomy
  • Spontaneous Pneumothorax
  • Squamous Cancer of the Lung
  • Sternal Fracture
  • Tension Pneumothorax
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  • Thoracoplasty
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracostomy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Thymus Disorders
  • Thymus Surgery
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheal Stent Placement
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheoplasty
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • OPR New Jersey Medicaid
  • OPR Pennsylvania Medicaid
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Temple University Hospital
Fellowship: USC Medical Center
Residency: University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Miami Hospital and Clinic


American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, National American College of Chest Physicians, National American College of Surgeons, National International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, International International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, International Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Local Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Gaughan is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Goldberg, M, Koller, S, Gaughan, C, Smith, M, Parkman, H, Dempsey, DT, Abbas, A: “Definitive Treatment of Esophageal Achalasia: An Institutional Review of Laparoscopic and Robotic Heller Myotomy” Presented at International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus : 2014.

Goldberg, M, Gaughan, C, Dempsey, DT, Abbas, A: “Epiphrenic Diverticula of the Esophagus: Our Experience with Thoracoscopic, Laparoscopic, and Robotic Treatment” Presented at SLS Minimally Invasive Surgery Week : 2014.

Bhavsar T, Uppal G, Travaline JM, Gaughan CB, Huang Y, Khurana JS.: An unusual case of microscopic alveolar adenoma coexisting with lung adenocarcinoma: A case report and review of the literature. [Case Report] Journal of Medical Case Reports 5 : 187,2011.

Gaughan C, Dempsey DT.: Management of duodenal ulcer. Current Surgical Therapy, 10th Edition. : 68-73,2011.

Salerno TA, Gaughan CB, Suarez M, Panos AL.: Control of troublesome bleeding during repair of acute type A dissection with use of modified rapid deployment hemostat (MRDH). Journal of Cardiac Surgery 24 (6): 722-724,2009.

Gaughan CB, Nguyen D, Ricci M.: Neonatal bronchial reconstruction after Norwood procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 87 (3): 16-17,2009.

Gaughan CB, Panos AL.: Anatomy of the lungs. Principles of Pulmonary Protection in Heart Surgery. : 3-8,2009.

Ricci M, Gaughan CB, Rossi M, Andreopoulos C, Salerno T, Panos AL: Initial experience with the Tandem Heart circulatory support system in children. ASAIO Journal 54 (5): 542-545,2008.

Gaughan CB, Parikh AA, Daly JM.: Complications of surgery of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Surgical Complications: Diagnosis and Treatment. : 333-362,2007.

Rolandelli RH, Gaughan CB, Fukuchi SG, Parquet G.: Reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract following complications of surgery for morbid obesity. [Case Report] Contemporary Surgery 56 (8): 464-471,1999.

Academic Contact Info

Lancaster General Health Physicians Cardiothoracic Surgery
540 North Duke Street, Suite 110

Lancaster, PA 17602
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)