Meet Thoracic Surgeon James Huang


Thoracic surgeon James Huang discusses how minimally invasive, video-assisted, and robotic surgical techniques improve the treatment of patients with lung, esophageal, and thymic cancers.


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My sister, Maureen Costello Estberg, had a procedure done by you today! Thank you SO much for helping her and my brother in law ,Chris to feel so well taken care of during this difficult time for them! Thanks to you & your staff. God bless you all.

Margaret ,sister

Had surgery on Apr 10, 2013 and feel amazing, surgery went well, on oxygen for a wk till I see surgeon, I am out walking, doing little chores around the house, I am ever so grateful !

What insurance does Dr. Huang take?

I have read encouraging reports about the use of robotics and VATS in the treatment of thymic carcinoma. Does the presence of mediastinal adenopathy preclude a patient from a minimally invasive approach and do you employ high single high dose radiation intraoperatively? Thank you in advance.

Shannon, we sent your questions to Dr. Huang and he said, “Although minimally invasive techniques are increasingly common, they are most appropriate for early-stage localized disease without spread to the lymph nodes. Although intraoperative radiation can sometimes be used in some difficult situations, postoperative radiation is more commonly used.” Thank you for your comment.

Dr Huang and his staff were wonderful. I had a lung cancer in the lower right lobe. Dr Huang and his staff was excellent in the pre exams a and then Dr Huang removed the diseased lobe. I was petrified as I had lost my sister and also my son to Lung cancer. We were all smokers. Dr Huang performed great. The recovery went well and I'm now cancer free after two years.

Amazingly talented surgeons that changed my life. Dr. Huang is so nice. I really appreciated the way he explained everything. There are only a few people outside your family that will take care of you like you are their family and I feel Dr. Huang did that for me. How do you thank someone you just met for using their talents to give you your life back? You can't put a price on that.

Dear Mike, we are glad to know that you felt well-cared for by Dr. Huang and your care team at MSK. Thank you for your kind words. We wish you well.

Hello, I have myasthenia gravis and have a 10cm thymoma. I am told that is too large to be removed with the minimally invasive technique. It also is just slightly involving my phrenic nerve. I saw that you have a clinical trial about chemo as well as prescriptions before surgery, but was wondering if you have ever used radiation beforehand to shrink the tumor to remove it robotically or to preserve the phrenic nerve. It seems like Dr. Huang has extensive experience in this field, so perhaps I should set up an appointment.

Dear Jessica, we are sorry to hear about your diagnosis. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Huang or one of our other specialists to discuss possible treatment options, please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225. Thank you for reaching out to us.