Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, MD, MBA

Professor of Surgery

Associate Chief, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran is an internationally known expert in the surgical management of diseases of the lung, pleura and mediastinum. He is a pioneer in the field of thoracic surgery including minimally invasive thoracic surgery. A significant number of his procedures are performed using robot-assisted or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) techniques. He is well respected for his expertise in thoracic organ transplantation. Dr. Vigneswaran treats patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma and tumors of the mediastinum. He also performs surgery for advanced lung diseases, including lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema and lung transplantation for various end-stage lung diseases. Dr. Vigneswaran is listed as a top doctor by Chicago magazine, Marquis Who's Who, America's Top Surgeons and the physician rating service Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Dr. Vigneswaran holds leadership positions in several medical organizations, including the American College of Chest Physicians the American Medical Association and the International College of Surgeons. He has also been named a fellow of surgical and medical societies in four countries, including the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

His current research interests include: lung transplantation; lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma; minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery techniques and treatment outcomes; ischemia reperfusion lung injury; lung preservation for transplantation. He participates in National Cancer Institute-directed thoracic oncology treatment protocols and other multi-center studies in the field of lung cancer, mesothelioma and lung transplantation. A strong advocate for multidisciplinary team-based approaches to disease management, he works in collaboration with physicians in pulmonary medicine, medical and radiation oncology, radiology, pathology and other specialties.

Dr. Vigneswaran has authored more than 100 original articles and book chapters, and edited an internationally authored book on lung transplantation. He has written many important articles that assess the outcome of surgical procedures for mesothelioma, lung cancer and lung transplantation.

He is regularly asked to speak at national and international conferences. Dr. Vigneswaran is on the editorial review boards of several prestigious medical journals including Chest, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, International Surgery, Clinical Investigation, Journal of Surgical Research, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, American Journal of Transplantation and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Practice Location

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School

University of Sri Lanka


Kinston General Hospital, United Kingdom
Darlington Memorial Hospital, United Kingdom


Newcastle Health Authority Hospitals, United Kingdom
Hull Health Authority Hospitals, United Kingdom
University of Glasgow Hospitals, United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh Hospitals, United Kingdom


University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and
The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO
St. Mary’s Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Harefield Hospital, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Medical Association
American Thoracic Society
General Thoracic Surgical Club
International College of Surgeons
International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fellow
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Fellow
Royal Society of Medicine, London, Fellow
Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Languages Spoken




Office Phone

(773) 702-3551

Office Fax

(773) 702-4187

Office Postal Address

Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5040
Chicago, IL 60637

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Read More About Dr. Vigneswaran

Golf pro Tim Nelson is back to coaching after surgery for mesothelioma. Dr. Vigneswaran was part of a multidisciplinary team that cared for Nelson.

As an integral part of the lung transplant team, Dr. Vigneswaran helped a young cystic fibrosis patient regain her lung capacity. Today, Josie Nordman leads an active life as a busy college student. » Read her story.

Dr. Vigneswaran removed a mediastinal tumor from Jim Chessare using robot-assisted surgery. Chessare went home the next day and soon returned to normal activities.

When pulmonary fibrosis left Lisa Wright in need of a new lung, she turned to the University of Chicago. Dr. Vigneswaran and a multidisciplinary team guided Wright through the transplant process -- an approach that she credits for her quick recovery. Read the story.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Vigneswaran's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.