About The Doctor

Dr. Stephan C. Yang

Thoracic Surgeon , Chief of Thoracic Surgery

Stephen C Yang, M.D., holds many titles, and he also serves as the associate professor of surgery and oncology for John Hopkins University. He serves as the surgical director for the lung transplantation program, and he does many more things to help the medical field. Dr. Yang acts as a respected thoracic surgeon of the field, and he specializes in caring for patients who have mesothelioma, a rare cancer that occurs because of exposure to asbestos fibers.

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Dr. Stephan Yang earned his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He went on to complete his fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He also completed a thoracic surgical oncology research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Yang currently practices as a thoracic surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, where he also serves as a professor of surgery and medical oncology and Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Development. His special areas of interest include asbestos-related cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.


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In 2001, Dr. Stephan Yang and his lung transplant team were given a special spot on the ABC TV show, 24/7.

Surgery, Research, and Teaching

Dr. Yang’s surgical interests include early detection of lung cancer, thoracic surgery for the treatment of lung cancer and mesothelioma, and video assisted and robotic thoracic surgery. His research interests include the molecular biology of mesothelioma and the use of molecular markers and telomerase activity to diagnose lung cancer and recurrent lung cancer earlier.

Throughout his career, Dr. Yang has taken an active role in educating surgeons, surgical fellows and residents, and medical students. He continues to hold leadership positions on multiple academic committees at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Publishing and Media

Dr. Yang serves as Editor of Practical Reviews in Chest Medicine. He has also edited, reviewed, authored, and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

In 2001, Dr. Yang and his lung transplant team were given a special spot on the ABC TV show, 24/7. Dr. Yang has also appeared on the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

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