Inderpal S Sarkaria, MD, FACS

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS, a specialist in thoracic and cardiac surgery at UPMC CancerCenter
  • Specialty:

  • Secondary Specialty:

    Thoracic Surgery
  • Board Certifications:

    Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Education:

    MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • Residency:

    Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  • Fellowships:

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Affiliations:

    UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital UPMC Mercy UPMC Passavant UPMC Shadyside UPMC St Margaret UPMC East UPMC Hamot UPMC Altoona UPMC Presbyterian


Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS, is an internationally recognized thoracic surgeon with extensive expertise and experience in minimally invasive and Video Assisted Thoracic Surgical (VATS) approaches including esophagectomy for esophageal cancer, VATS lobectomy for lung cancer, VATS thymectomy for thymoma, laparoscopic anti-refux surgery for GERD, laparoscopic surgery for achalasia, and laparoscopic repair of giant paraesophageal hernias (GPEH). Dr. Sarkaria is renowned as a leader and innovator in the development of robotic-assisted surgery for thoracic diseases and, prior to coming to UPMC, pioneered efforts to develop these approaches at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

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 an additional fellowship in minimally invasive thoracic surgery at UPMC.

Dr. Sarkaria currently serves as Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery, and Co-Director of the Esophageal Surgery Institute. His current research interests include development of advanced minimally invasive robotic approaches to thoracic surgery, and novel surgical imaging techniques in patients with thoracic cancers. Dr. Sarkaria has lectured, published, and presented his research nationally and internationally and is a member of the major national and international thoracic surgical societies. He also has served on committees for resident and fellow education, health care policy, and neuroendocrine lung tumors.