Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Daniela Molena

Daniela Molena, MD



Director, Esophageal Surgery Program

Clinical Expertise

Lung and Esophageal Cancers; Thymic Malignancies; Pulmonary Metastases; Mesothelioma; Paraesophageal Hernias; Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound; Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Minimally Invasive Surgery

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About Me


MD, University of Padova School of Medicine


General Surgery - University of Padova; General Surgery - University of Rochester Medical Center


Gastrointestinal Surgery - University of California San Francisco; Minimally Invasive Surgery - University of Padova; Cardiothoracic Surgery - New York Presbyerian/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Cardiothoracic Surgery - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Cardiothoracic Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Thoracic Surgery; General Surgery

I am a board-certified thoracic surgeon whose passion and expertise is dedicated to diagnosing and treating people with cancers of the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, pleura, and all other parts of the chest cavity. I serve as Director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Esophageal Program in the Thoracic Surgery Service, where I strive to provide excellent and individualized care to my patients and to integrate new technology and novel approaches to the Thoracic Oncology Service. I also have a deep understanding of benign esophageal diseases (GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia, and other potential precursors of esophageal cancer) and dysmotility disorders (achalasia, diverticula, ineffective motility), which can severely impair quality of life in people with cancer.

I use minimally invasive techniques such as video-assisted thoracic surgery and laparoscopic or robotic procedures whenever possible to decrease pain and enhance recovery. I am a strong patient advocate, and I like to involve patients and caregivers in each step of the care delivery continuum. From diagnosis to recovery and follow-up, we work together as a team.

My research focuses on identifying and measuring quality indicators to improve clinical and functional outcomes after surgery, designing clinical pathways to decrease costs and improve results, and identifying racial and socioeconomic disparities that limit access to excellent care.

I am also interested in developing and studying new technologies and image-guided approaches to make surgical resection more precise and effective and less invasive.


Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Molena’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.