Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, Joins Loyola | News | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, internationally known thoracic surgeon, joins Loyola

Wickii Vigneswaran, MD

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.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.