Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS

Thoracic Service, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY USA

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS, is a thoracic surgeon who currently serves as Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery, and Co-Director of the Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

Dr. Sarkaria is an expert in minimally invasive approaches to benign and neoplastic diseases of the esophagus, mediastinum, and lung. He is a recognized leader in robotic assisted approaches to these operations, and developed the minimally invasive esophageal program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center prior to moving to UPMC. Dr. Sarkaria has one of the largest international experiences with robotic assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) and other esophageal operations. Dr. Sarkaria has lectured, published, and presented his research and experience nationally and internationally and is a member of the major national and international thoracic surgical societies.

Board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery, Dr. Sarkaria earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He completed a residency in general surgery and cardiac surgery fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center. He also completed fellowships in thoracic surgical oncology and cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and in minimally invasive thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Terms of Appointment: Dec 2015 - Nov 2017; Jun 2019 - May 2021