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Daniela Molena, M.D.

Director, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Female  | Languages: English, Italian

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Main Location

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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  • Director, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Director of Thoracic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Centers & Institutes


  • Surgery - General Thoracic Surgery


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-614-3891

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

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

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3891


Benign Esophageal Conditions, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Disease, Esophageal Dismotility Disorders, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease , Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Surgery, General Surgery, Lung Cancer, Lung Nodules, Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Nissen Fundoplication, Paraesophageal Hernia, Robotic Surgery, Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Research Interests

Genetic characteristics of lung and esophageal cancer; Cancer screening tools for early diagnosis; Targeted therapies for lung and esophageal cancers; Clinical esophageal disease


Dr. Daniela Molena specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the chest, including minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal cancer, mediastinal diseases, esophageal dismotility disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease and benign lung and pleura conditions.

A member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Molena serves on the national committee for resident and fellow education. She extends this educational mission to her own research, which focuses on clinical esophageal diseases, using cancer screening tools for early diagnosis, and the genetic characteristics of lung and esophageal cancer. Dr. Molenas goal is to better understand how these tumors develop, especially in females and nonsmokers, to help find new targeted therapies. more

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Daniela Molena, M.D., Discusses a Team Approach to Fighting Lung Cancer

Hear Daniela Molena, M.D., Director, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery discuss how a team of experts come together to treat each patient individuals at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic.

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Faculty Of Medicine Univeristy Of Padova / MD (1996)


    • Faculty Of Medicine Univeristy Of Padova / General Surgery (1999)
    • Faculty Of Medicine Univeristy Of Padova / General Surgery (2015)
    • University of Rochester Medical Center / General Surgery (2015)


    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (2015)
    • New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell Campus / Cardiothoracic Surgery (2015)
    • Universita Degli Studi di Padova / Minimally Invasive Surgery (2015)
    • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Cardiothoracic Surgery (2015)


    • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (2009)
    • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2012)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Merigliano S, Molena D, Ruol A, Zaninotto G, Cagol M, Scappin S, Ancona E. Chylothorax complicating esophageal resection for cancer: a plea for early thoracic duct ligation . J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2000; 119: 453-457.

    Zaninotto G, Molena D, Ancona E. A prospective multicenter study on laparoscopic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease in Italy: type of surgery, conversions, complications, and early results. Study Group for the Laparoscopic Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease of the Italian Society of Endoscopic Surgery (SICE). Surg Endosc 2000;14(3):282-288.

    Patti MG, Molena D, Fisichella PM, Whang K, Yamada H, Perretta S, Way LW. Laparoscopic Heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication for achalasia: analysis of successes and failures. Arch Surg. 2001 Aug;136(8):870-7.

    Zaninotto G, Costantini M, Portale G, Battaglia G, Molena D, Carta A, Costantino M, Nicoletti L, Ancona E. Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of failures after laparoscopic Heller myotomy for achalasia. Ann Surg. 2002 Feb;235(2):186-92.

    Zaninotto G, Narne S, Costantini M, Molena D, Cutrone C, Portale G, Costantino M, Rizzetto C, Basili U, Ancona E. Tailored approach to Zenkers diverticula. Surg Endosc 2003;17:129-133.

    Zaninotto G, Annese V, Costantini M, Del Genio A, Costantino M, Epifani M, Gatto G, Donofrio V, Benini L, Contini S, Molena D, Battaglia G, Tardio B, Andriulli A, Ancona E. Randomized controlled trial of botulinum toxin versus laparoscopic heller myotomy for esophageal achalasia. Ann Surg. 2004 Mar;239(3):364-370.

    Williams VA, Watson TJ, Gellersen O, Feuerlein S, Molena D, Sillin LF, Jones C, Peters JH. Gastrectomy as a remedial operation for failed fundoplication. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 Jan;11(1):29-35.

    Molena D, Herbella F, Peters JH. Surgical Management of Esophageal Carcinoma. In: Gastrointestinal Oncology: A Critical Multidisciplinary Team Approach, Edited by Jankowski J, Sampliner R, Kerr D, Fong Y, Blackwell, pg. 51-62, 2008.

    Molena D, Burr N, Zucchiatti A, Lovria E, Gestring ML, Cheng JD, Bankey PE, Stassen NA. The incidence and clinical significance of pneumomediastinum found on computed tomography scan in blunt trauma patients. Am Surg. 2009 Nov;75(11):1081-3.
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