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Richard James Battafarano, M.D., Ph.D.

Regional Director of General Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery


Main Location

The Johns Hopkins Hospital


  • Regional Director of General Thoracic Surgery
  • Director, Division of General Thoracic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Centers & Institutes


  • Surgery - General Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Carnegie 446D1
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3891
Fax: 410-614-9428

Johns Hopkins Medicine - White Marsh

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

4924 Campbell Boulevard
Nottingham, MD 21236 map


Barrett's Esophagus, Benign Esophageal Conditions, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Disease, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Surgery, Lung Nodules, Mesothelioma, Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Paraesophageal Hernia, Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Research Interests

Outcomes in surgical management of early stage lung cancer patients with neuroendocrine histology; Optimal management of lung cancer patients with mediastinal lymph node metastases; Effect of survivin overexpression in development of esophageal cancer


Richard Battafarano, M.D., Ph.D., joins the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery as director of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery and the first regional director of general thoracic surgery.

He comes to Johns Hopkins from University of Maryland Medical System, where he was chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Battafarano specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant diseases and lesions of the chest, including minimally invasive operations such as video-assisted thoracscopic surgery (VATS) for lung and esophageal cancers. He also has a special interest in treating Barretts esophagus, emphysema, mesothelioma and paraesophageal hernias.

The focus of Dr. Battafaranos basic and translational research includes outcomes in the surgical management of early stage lung cancer patients with neuroendocrine histology, optimal management of lung cancer patients with mediastinal lymph node metastases, and the effect of survivin overexpression in the development of esophageal cancer.

Dr. Battafarano sees patients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Centers at Green Spring Station and at White Marsh. more

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Drexel University College of Medicine / MD (1988)


    • University of Minnesota Medical School / General Surgery (1997)
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (1999)
    • New York Presbyterian Hospital / Cardiothoracic Surgery (1999)


    • American Board of Surgery / General Surgery (1998)
    • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Thoracic Surgery (2000, 2020)

    Additional Training

    Ph.D. - University of Minnesota (1997)

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  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • American Association for Cancer Research
    • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
    • American College of Surgeons
    • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
    • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
    • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
    • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
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