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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 annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2010 to 2018

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2010 to 2018

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

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.

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:

  • 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

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
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 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:

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): 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.

Cho S., Jeon J., Buch L., Nag S., Predina J., Singhal S., Lee J.: Comparison of intraoperative imaging with receptor-specific versus passive delivery of near-infrared dyes in human pituitary adenoma surgery Cho S., Jeon J., Buch L., Nag S., Predina J., Singhal S., Lee J. 128 (4): 82,2018.

Predina JD, Newton AD, Keating J, Barbosa EM Jr, Okusanya O, Xia L, Dunbar A, Connolly C, Baldassari MP, Mizelle J, Delikatny EJ, Kucharczuk JC, Deshpande C, Kularatne SA, Low P, Drebin J, Singhal S.: Intraoperative Molecular Imaging Combined With Positron Emission Tomography Improves Surgical Management of Peripheral Malignant Pulmonary Nodules. Ann Surg 226 (3): 479-488,2017.

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 18 (4): 364-371,2017.

Guttmann DM, Doucette A, Gabriel PE, Morrissette JJD, Kucharczuk J, Levin WP, Simone CB 2nd, Alley E, Ciunci C, Bauml J, Langer C, Aggarwal C, Cohen R, Evans TL, Berman AT: Patterns of Failure in Metastatic Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-Mutated Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Implications for the Role of Definitive Local Therapy to the Primary Tumor. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 98 (1): 248-249,2017.

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.

Kucharczuk JC, Hornick M: Pulmonary Medicine: Chest Wall Disorders (include scoliosis, chest wall tumors, trauma) Clinical Advisor : 2016.

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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