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John C. Kucharczuk, MD

John C. Kucharczuk, MD Surgeon

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Hospital

Dr. Kucharczuk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. John C. Kucharczuk

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2010 through 2016

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue

Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Thoracic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2000
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2002

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Chest Wall Resection
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Esophageal Strictures
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagus Biopsy
  • Lobectomy
  • Lung (Chest) Biopsy
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Carcinoid Tumor
  • Lung Injury
  • Lung Nodule
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Tumors
  • Mediastinal Disorders
  • Mediastinal Tumor Resection
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgery
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Percutaneous Treatment of Chylothorax
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Pneumothorax
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thoracic Malignancies
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracocentesis (Thoracentesis)
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Thymectomy (Thymus Gland Removal Surgery)
  • Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Zenker's Diverticulum

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

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • 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
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Surgeons, National American Joint Council on Cancer (AJCC), National Association of Academic Surgeons, National General Thoracic Surgery Club, National National Institutes of Health, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kucharczuk is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • 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.


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

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): 1577-84,2008.

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 : 2008.

Kucharczuk, JC.: ACP XXI: Disorders of the mediastinum and hila. American College of Physicians Medicine. : 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 : 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): 780-5,2007.

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): 1140-4,2007.

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

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

Academic Contact Info

Division of Thoracic Surgery
6th Floor White Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4988
Fax: (215) 349-5798
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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