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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 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

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.

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

Clinical Specialties


  • Thoracic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2000
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2002

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
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA (DO NOT USE)
  • 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., Newton A.D., Corbett C., Shin M., Sulfyok L.F., Okusanya O.T., Delikatny E.J., Nie S., Gaughan C., Jarrar D., Pechet T., Kucharczuk J.C., Singhal S.: Near-infrared intraoperative imaging for minimally invasive pulmonary metastasectomy for sarcomas J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 157 (5): 2061-2069,2019.

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 125 (5): 807-817,2019.

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.

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.

Rengan R., Mick R., Pryma D.A., Lin L.L., Christodouleas J., Plastaras J.P., Simone C.B., Gupta A.K., Evans T.L., Stevenson J.P., Langer C.J., Kucharczuk J., Friedberg J., Lam S., Patsch D., Hahn S.M., Maity A.: Clinical Outcomes of the HIV Protease Inhibitor Nelfinavir with Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy for Unresectable Stage IIIA/IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Phase 1/2 Trial JAMA Oncol. : 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.

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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