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Sunil Singhal, M.D.

Dr. Singhal
Philadelphia, PA

Harron Lung Center
West Pavilion, 1st Floor, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(800) 789-PENN (7366)

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH - 1994

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA - 1998

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (1999-2001; 2004-2005)

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2005-2007)

Dr. Sunil Singhal is a general thoracic surgeon and assistant professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in lung cancer and esophageal cancer, including challenging resection surgery and treating advanced stage disease. Additionally, Dr. Singhal serves as director of the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory where he leads his research team in conducting a number of clinical trials for patients with advanced disease. Among Dr. Singhal’s special interests are:

  • Lung cancer, including mesothelioma
  • Pleural disease
  • Minimally invasive VATS surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Thymoma
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Clinical trials for advanced disease cures

Educational Background

Dr. Singhal received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics in 1994 from Dartmouth College located in Hanover, New Hampshire. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1998. He completed both his internship (1998-1999) and residency (1999-2001) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and was a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Cancer Molecular Training Program (2001-2003). In 2004, Dr. Singhal served as chief resident of general surgery at Johns Hopkins before returning to the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 as a fellow in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Singhal pursued advanced training in thoracic surgery under the direction of Phillipe Dartevelle at the Centre Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue Hospital in Paris, France in 2007.

Clinical and Laboratory Research

Dr. Singhal founded the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory in 2007 and has since received numerous awards and grants in recognition of his work. The Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory aims to create new treatment protocols for diseases of the chest, including mesothelioma and other lung and esophageal cancers. Research efforts of this lab generally focus on molecular biology, immunotherapy, nanotechnology, and gene therapy. Since its creation, Dr. Singhal’s research lab has:

  • Developed a new approach to prevent recurrent disease after surgery
  • Patented a new bronchoscope
  • Initiated patient enrollment in clinical trials analyzing a new method of cancer imaging using nanotechnology

Additional Work

A published author of nearly 100 journal articles, Dr. Singhal has also contributed chapters to numerous published books and has written reviews, abstracts, case reports, and editorials in addition to sharing his expertise via educational media outlets. Dr. Singhal is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association, as well as a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Thoracic Society, among others.


Dr. Singhal’s published articles relative to mesothelioma research and treatment:
National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine—PubMed

A comprehensive listing of Dr. Singhal’s publications:
Penn Medicine/Sunil Singhal, M.D.—Publications

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