MAYWOOD, Ill. – Internationally known thoracic surgeon Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, MBA, has joined Loyola University Health System as division director of Thoracic Surgery. He is a professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Vigneswaran treats diseases of the lungs, pleura (membranes around the lungs) and mediastinum (central compartment of the chest cavity), including lung cancer, tumors of the chest wall, esophageal cancer, tracheal cancer, mediastinal cancer, thymoma and mesothelioma. Dr. Vigneswaran is among a handful of surgeons nationwide who treat mesothelioma surgically.
“My goal at Loyola is to establish a nationally recognized thoracic oncological surgery program, including advanced surgical treatment of mesothelioma,” Dr. Vigneswaran said. “I strive to provide high-quality care with a favorable patient experience and good value.”
Dr. Vigneswaran performs most of his surgeries with minimally invasive techniques, including da Vinci robotic surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery. These methods generally result in smaller scars, less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries. He also performs surgery for advanced lung disease, including lung transplants, heart-lung transplants and lung-reduction surgery for emphysema patients.
Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Vigneswaran was associate chief of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Chicago, where he established a lung transplant program and developed a nationally recognized mesothelioma program. From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Vigneswaran was chief of Thoracic Surgery at Loyola.
Dr. Vigneswaran is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is past president of the International College of Surgeons, U.S. section, a former trustee of the CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians and an alternate delegate of the American Medical Association. Dr. Vigneswaran received his medical degree from the University of Sri Lanka. He completed his residency in the United Kingdom and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic organ transplantation at the Mayo Clinic.
To make an appointment with Dr. Vigneswaran, please call 888-584-7888 or request an appointment online.