About The Doctor

John C. Kucharczuk

Thoracic Surgeon , Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Serving as the interim chief for the thoracic surgery division, Dr. John Kucharczuk invests much of his clinical and research efforts into every aspect of thoracic surgery. He first earned his medical degree in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kucharczuk stayed here for thoracic surgery training and to complete a residency for general surgery. For several years, he studied genomic technology in hopes of improving the diagnosis of patients who had mesothelioma, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Even today, he keeps this goal at the forefront of what he does.

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Education and Expertise

Dr. John Kucharczuk earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency and his thoracic and cardiac surgery fellowship at the Penn Hospital.

He currently serves as Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He practices thoracic surgery at the Penn Hospital and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia. He is specialized in treating lung cancer, mediastinal cancer, and asbestosis.

Message of Hope

Dr. John Kucharczuk hopes his research will find a better way to destroy cancer cells.

Turning Problems Into Solutions

Dr. John Kucharczuk studies gene therapy and other novel approaches in hopes of advancing treatment for thoracic malignancies. One of his research studies manipulated herpes simplex virus genes to destroy cancer cells and prevent cancer spread. Dr. Kucharczuk hopes his research will find a better way to destroy cancer cells. He remains committed to providing his patients with the best treatments for asbestos-related disease.

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