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Dr. Jessica S. Donington is a thoracic surgeon and clinical researcher whose particular interests and skills are the treatment of lung, esophageal, and mediastinal conditions. As Chief of the University of Chicago’s Department of Surgery’s Thoracic Surgery section, she specializes in the multidisciplinary care of both benign and malignant chest diseases, including lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Dr. Doningon takes a personalized approach to creating a treatment plan for patients at all stages of a lung cancer diagnosis, leveraging the latest research and surgical innovations including robotic surgery and minimally invasive approaches.
Education and Career
Dr. Donington earned a bachelor of science from the University of Michigan and then earned her medical degree at Rush University. Her residency in General Surgery was completed at Georgetown University, followed by an Oncology fellowship at the National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute Surgery Branch and a Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic.
She served as an Assistant Professor at Stanford University and the NYU School of Medicine and as an Associate Professor at NYU School of Medicine, all while completing her master of science in clinical research degree at New York University.
In addition to her role as Professor of Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Chicago, she is the surgical chair for the thoracic malignancy group of NRG Oncology Group.
Dr. Donington has a master’s degree in clinical research and focuses her scientific investigations on discovering novel biomarkers for the early detection and treatment of lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. She participates and leads in clinical trials that combine surgery with other modality protocols for locally advanced and metastatic lung cancer.
Dr. Donington is board-certified in Thoracic Surgery. She serves as a council member for the Western Thoracic Surgical Association and was the immediate past president of the New York Society for Thoracic Surgery and the Women in Thoracic Surgery. She also holds memberships in:
- American Association for Thoracic Surgery
- Society of University Surgeons
- International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- New York Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- American College of Surgeons
- General Thoracic Surgical Club
- American Radium Society
- American Society for Radiation Oncology
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