Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD

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Thoracic surgeon Inderpal Sarkaria discusses the expertise of Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeons at performing complex operations to treat cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall.


I am a thoracic surgeon specializing in diagnosis, treatment, and surgical management of patients with malignant, pre-malignant, and benign diseases of the chest, including the esophagus, lungs, pleura, and mediastinum.

I have a particular interest, expertise, and extensive advanced technical training in minimally invasive surgery for thoracic diseases. These minimally invasive procedures include complete laparoscopic and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) approaches for esophageal cancer resections, VATS lobectomy, VATS thymectomy, laparoscopic gastric fundoplication (Nissen) for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), laparoscopic surgery for achalasia (Heller myotomy), laparoscopic repair of giant paraesophageal hernias, and robotic-assisted approaches to these conditions. While these techniques have been established for the treatment of lung cancer, I am pioneering efforts at Memorial Sloan Kettering to incorporate them into the treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Thoracic Surgical Oncology for Esophageal, Lung, Airway, Mediastinal, and Pleural Cancers; Advanced Minimally Invasive and Robot-Asisted Surgery for Esophageal, Lung, and Mediastinal Diseases; Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Barrett’s Esophagus; Achalasia; Giant Paraesophageal Hernia; Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma; Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumors; Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; Pulmonary Metastases; Advanced Endoscopic and Interventional Approaches to Esophageal and Lung Diseases including Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), BARRX, Cryoablation, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Esophageal and Airway Stents

Languages Spoken

MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

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Publications by Inderpal S. Sarkaria

Book Chapters
Lymphadenectomy for esophageal resections.” Sarkaria IS, Rizk N, Rusch VW. In: Esophageal Tumors: Principles and Practice. Jobe BA, Hunter JG, Charles TR, eds. New York: Demos Medical Publishing; 2009

Surgery techniques: three-field esophagectomy.” Sarkaria IS, Rizk NP, Rusch VW. In: Esophageal Tumors: Principles and Practice. Jobe BA, Hunter JG, Charles TR, eds. New York: Demos Medical Publishing; 2011: 583-589.

“Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma.” Travis WD, Pietanza MC, Sarkaria IS. In: Textbook of Uncommon Cancer. 4th ed. Johnson DH, Raghavan D, Blanke C, Johnson DH, Moots PL, Reaman GH, Rose PG, Sekeres MA, eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell; 2012.

“Minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy: combined laparoscopic and thoracoscopic approach.” Sarkaria IS, Luketich JD. In: ECAB Clinical Update: Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation. New Delhi: Elsevier; 2011: 120-150.

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