New chief for thoracic surgery
Following a national search by BIDMC and Harvard Medical School, Sidhu Gangadharan, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology within the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery at BIDMC.
Gangadharan, who served as Acting Chief of the division since 2009, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Associate Program Director for the Cardiothoracic Residency Program and Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program.
Gangadharan was recruited to BIDMC in 2005. As a clinical innovator, he has been responsible for initiating the minimally invasive thoracic surgery program with a particular emphasis on video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy (VATS) for lung cancer, as well as the development of a complex airway surgery program for patients with benign and malignant tracheal and bronchial disease. In collaboration with Interventional Pulmonology, he developed a nationally recognized center for the evaluation and treatment of tracheobronchomalacia, a condition that leads to airway collapse, breathlessness and repeated pneumonia or bronchitis.
Gangadharan is an active clinical investigator with research programs that are focused on the development of innovative techniques of tracheal replacement to allow long-segment tracheal resection, new techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of tracheobronchomalacia, endobronchial ultrasound for staging of non-small cell lung cancer, as well as the efficacy of CyberKnife for the treatment of lung cancer. surgeon at hospitals around the country.
As a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education, Gangadharan has also been a leader in redefining the surgical curriculum at BIDMC, creating rotation-specific educational sessions. He consistently receives the highest reviews from medical students and surgical residents, and has received a number of prestigious teaching awards, including the Francis D. Moore, MD, and the John L. Rowbotham Awards. His career goal is to marry the pursuit of clinical excellence with effective teaching of this clinical knowledge. He intensely enjoys both his own surgical practice, as well as observing the progress of his trainees as they successfully develop their own clinical skills.
Gangadharan received his AB with honors from Dartmouth College and his MD from Dartmouth Medical School, where he was elected Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as a two-year research fellowship.
Gangadharan has also been recognized for his poetry, receiving the Academy of American Poets Prize and the William Carlos Williams Poetry Prize.