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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 2017

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.

Overall Ratings

Patient Comments

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Thoracic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2000
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2002

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Chest Wall Resection
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • 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 (Fluid in the Lung)
  • Pneumonectomy
  • 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

Memberships

American Board of Thoracic Surgery General Thoracic, National American Board of Thoracic Surgery, National American College of Surgeons, National American Joint Council on Cancer (AJCC) , National Association of Academic Surgeons, National General Thoracic Surgery Biology Club, National General Thoracic Surgery Club, National General Thoracic Surgical Club, National National Institutes of Health , National Pennsylvania Association for Thoracic Surgery, Local Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Database, 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.

Research

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:

Keating J, Newton A, Venegas O, Nims S, Zeh R, Predina J, Deshpande C, Kucharczuk J, Nie S, Delikatny EJ, Singhal S: Near-Infrared Intraoperative Molecular Imaging Can Locate Metastases to the Lung. Ann Thorac Surg 103 (3): 390-398,2017.

Remick JS, Schonewolf C, Gabriel P, Doucette A, Levin WP, Kucharczuk JC, Singhal S, Pechet TT, Rengan R, Simone CB 2nd, Berman AT: First Clinical Report of Proton Beam Therapy for Postoperative Radiotherapy for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. Clin Lung Cancer : 2017.

Ecker BL, Savulionyte GE, Datta J, Dumon KR, Kucharczuk J, Williams NN, Dempsey DT.: Laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy improves hospital outcomes and reduces cost: a single-institution analysis of laparoscopic-assisted and open techniques. Surg Endosc. 30 (6): 2535-42,2016.

Vogel J, Berman AT, Lin L, Pechet TT, Levin WP, Gabriel P, Khella SL, Singhal S, Kucharczuk JK, Simone CB 2nd.: Prospective study of proton beam radiation therapy for adjuvant and definitive treatment of thymoma and thymic carcinoma: Early response and toxicity assessment. Radiother Oncol 118 (3): 504-9,2016.

Keating JJ, Nims S, Venegas O, Jiang J, Holt D, Kucharczuk JC, Deshpande C, Singhal S.: Intraoperative imaging identifies thymoma margins following neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Oncotarget 7 (3): 2016.

Low DE, Alderson D, Cecconello I, Chang AC, Darling GE, DʼJourno XB, Griffin SM, Hölscher AH, Hofstetter WL, Jobe BA, Kitagawa Y, Kucharczuk JC, Law SY, Lerut TE, Maynard N, Pera M, Peters JH, Pramesh CS, Reynolds JV, Smithers BM, van Lanschot JJ.: International Consensus on Standardization of Data Collection for Complications Associated With Esophagectomy: Esophagectomy Complications Consensus Group (ECCG). Ann Surg 262 (2): 286-94,2015.

Trister AD, Pryma DA, Xanthopoulos E, Kucharczuk J, Sterman D, Rengan R: Prognostic value of primary tumor FDG uptake for occult mediastinal lymph node involvement in clinically N2/N3 node-negative non-small cell lung cancer. Am J Clin Oncol. 37 (2): 135-9,2014.

Fernandes AT, Mitra N, Xanthopoulos E, Evans T, Stevenson J, Langer C, Kucharczuk JC, Lin L, Rengan R. : The impact of extent and location of mediastinal lymph node involvement on survival in Stage III non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with definitive radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 83 (1): 340-7,2012.

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: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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