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Daniela Molena, MD

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

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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

  • Comprehensive Hernia Surgery Center
  • Esophageal Cancer Program
  • Lung Cancer Program
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center


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

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


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.
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  • Education +


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


    • University of Rochester Medical Center / General Surgery ( Rochester NY) (2009)
    • Faculty Of Medicine Univeristy Of Padova / General Surgery ( Padova ) (2001)
    • Faculty Of Medicine Univeristy Of Padova / General Surgery ( Padova ) (1999)


    • Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center / Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery ( New York NY) (2011)
    • New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell Campus / Cardiothoracic Surgery ( New York NY) (2011)
    • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Cardiothoracic Surgery ( Pittsb (2010)


    • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2012)
    • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (2009)
  • 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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    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Phone: 410-614-3891
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
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    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-614-3891
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-614-3891
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
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