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John C. Kucharczuk, MD

John C. Kucharczuk, MD Physician

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 employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. John C. Kucharczuk

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007 - 2018

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

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issues from 2010 to 2019

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

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 Surgery
  • 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

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • 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
  • 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: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


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 National Institutes of Health, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Database, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kucharczuk is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Predina J.D., Keating J., Newton A., Corbett C., Xia L., Shin M., Frenzel Sulyok L., Deshpande C., Litzky L., Nie S., Kucharczuk J.C., Singhal S.: A clinical trial of intraoperative near-infrared imaging to assess tumor extent and identify residual disease during anterior mediastinal tumor resection Clin. Lung Cancer 20 (1): 2019.

Predina J.D., Newton A.D., Corbett C., Xia L., Shin M., Sulfyok L.F., Okusanya O.T., Cengel K.A., Haas A., Litzky L., Kucharczuk J.C., Singhal S.: A Clinical Trial of TumorGlow to Identify Residual Disease During Pleurectomy and Decortication Ann. Thorac. Surg. 107 (1): 224-232,2019.

Schonewolf C.A., Heskel M., Doucette A., Singhal S., Frick M.A., Xanthopoulos E.P., Corradetti M.N., Friedberg J.S., Pechet T.T., Christodouleas J.P., Levin W., Berman A., Cengel K.A., Verma V., Hahn S.M., Kucharczuk J.C., Rengan R., Simone C.B.: Five-year Long-term Outcomes of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Operable Versus Medically Inoperable Stage I Non–small-cell Lung Cancer: Analysis by Operability, Fractionation Regimen, Tumor Size, and Tumor Location Clin. Lung Cancer 20 (11): 2019.

Kennedy G.T., Ukert B.D., Predina J.D., Newton A.D., Kucharczuk J.C., Polsky D., Singhal S.: Implications of Hospital Volume on Costs Following Esophagectomy in the United States J. Gastrointest. Surg. 22 (11): 1845-1851,2018.

Predina J.D., Newton A., Corbett C., Xia L., Sulyok L.F., Shin M., Deshpande C., Litzky L., Barbosa E., Low P.S., Kucharczuk J.C., Singhal S.: Localization of Pulmonary Ground-Glass Opacities with Folate Receptor-Targeted Intraoperative Molecular Imaging J. Thorac. Oncol 13 (7): 1028-1036,2018.

Rengan R., Mick R., Pryma D., Lin L.L., Christodouleas J.P., Plastaras J.P., Simone C.B., Gupta A.K., Evans T.L., Stevenson J., Langer C.J., Kucharczuk J., Friedberg J.S., Lam S., Patsch D., Hahn S.M., Maity A.: Long-term results of a phase I/II trial of nelfinavir with concurrent chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer J. Clin. Oncol. 36 (15): 2018.

Irons M.L., Kucharczuk J.C.: Muscle-sparing Axillary Thoracotomy Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 22 (2): 122-133,2018.

Predina J.D., Newton A.D., Keating J., Dunbar A., Connolly C., Baldassari M., Mizelle J., Xia L., Deshpande C., Kucharczuk J., Low P.S., Singhal S.: A Phase I Clinical Trial of Targeted Intraoperative Molecular Imaging for Pulmonary Adenocarcinomas Annals of Thoracic Surgery 3 : 901-908,2018.

Jenkins T.M., Morrissette J.J.D., Kucharczuk J.C., Deshpande C.G.: ROS1 Rearrangement in a Case of Classic Biphasic Pulmonary Blastoma International Journal of Surgical Pathology 26 (4): 360-363,2018.

Newton A.D., Predina J.D., Xia L., Roses R.E., Karakousis G.C., Dempsey D.T., Williams N.N., Kucharczuk J.C., Singhal S.: Surgical Management of Early-Stage Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Based on Lymph Node Metastasis Risk Annals of Surgical Oncology 25 (1): 315-325,2018.

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
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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