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About Dr. James D Luketich

Dr. James D Luketich, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Pittsburgh, PA. He has 32 years of experience. His specialties include Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery) and Bariatric Medicine. Dr. Luketich has received 3 awards. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

59 Ratings with 17 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. James D Luketich is Great. Dr. James D Luketich has been rated by 59 patients. From those 59 patients 17 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. James D Luketich is 4.3 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Upmc Presbyterian Hospital

200 Lothrop St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Dr. James D Luketich has the following 2 specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
  • Bariatric Medicine

    Bariatric medicine focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Bariatric specialists are trained in medically supervised weight loss and the management of obesity as a chronic condition. These specialists are skilled in various disciplines that help patients lose weight and obtain optimal health.
    The field encompasses dieting, exercise and behavioral therapy, anti-obesity medication, pharmacotherapy and surgery. Bariatric specialists might be from surgical backgrounds and perform obesity-related operations or they might be nutrition and hormone focused, prescribing diet and exercise plans as well as weight loss medications.
    Patients defined as obese or having unhealthy Body Mass Indices (BMI) have much greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, hypertension, many types of cancer and chronic musculoskeletal problems.
    One subspecialty of bariatrics is the focus on the correlation between obesity and mortality.

  • Expertise

    32 Expertise

  • Swallowing disorder (Deglutition Disorder)
  • Morbid Obesity
  • Barrett Esophagus
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Fistula
  • Recurrence
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Glandular Cancer (Adenocarcinoma)
  • Esophagus Cancer (Esophogeal Neoplasm)
  • Breast Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Endoscopy (Endoscopic Surgery)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Pneumonectomy (Lung removal)
  • Esophagectomy
  • Laproscopic Surgery (Laparoscopy)
  • Pulmonary Emphysema (COPD)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion
  • Melanoma
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Pneumothorax
  • Acid Reflux Disease (Gastroesophageal Reflux / GERD)
  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Stomach Stapling (Gastroplasty)
  • Gastric Bypass (Gastrojejunostomy)

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Five Stars

Superior, brilliant. He shows his love and care for others through using his surgical skill and medical knowledge. Highly recommend him and his whole department!

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Surgeon Obsessed with Perfection !

Dr. Luketich is an amazing human being dedicated and obsessed with perfection in his art, to make patients well !

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Five Stars

I feel I am in verzy capable hands. Dr. has successfully helped me thru very difficult surgeries. A wonderful diagnostic.

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Five Stars

i am grateful for Dr. Luketich and my other UPMC doctors that I am still here today. I thought when I got the lung cancer that I would be gone in six months. It has metastasized to the brain, but I am still here since May of 2011.

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Love Dr. James D. Luketich

Can't say enough good things about Dr. Luketich. He operated on my husband for Esophageal Cancer. He is the pioneer of the Ivor Lewis Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy. He is brilliant as well as compassionate and caring. He is praised by his peers, and he has hundreds of medical articles accepted for publication in prominent medical journals. His years of experience have contributed greatly to our success because of his expertise and confidence that he can "fix what other doctors can't! " You might say he operates a "repair shop" and he certainly fixed everything that was wrong with my husband's problem of cancer. We're still enjoying a remission of 14 years-thanks to God and Dr. Luketich. Anyone wanting services of one of the top doctors in the US should certainly make an appt. with Dr. Luketich if a Thoracic Surgeon is needed! You might "wait" for 30 minutes to see him, but that's because he takes as much time as each patient needs. We have never felt like we were rushed in and out of one of our appointments. And he has answered all our questions. We would recommend him as the top Thoracic surgeon in the country, bar none! And we were some out of town patients some 430 miles away, but Dr. Luketich kept in close touch with our local oncologists and sent copies of all his dealings with us to our doctors here. Also there are "family houses" provided at UPMC for out-of-town patients and their family members. We were more than happy with the accommodations. A shuttle bus picked us up, once we arrived and took us to every medical appt. we needed to keep. There was no cost, but a nightly fee is charged for the homes, but much less than the costs of hotel rooms there. Simply arrange arrival with UPMC Housing and make a reservation.

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  • Awards

    3 Awards

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013, 2016, 2015)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Patients' Choice Award (2013, 2008, 2016, 2015)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Top 10 Doctor - Neighborhood (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Education

    32 Years Experience

  • Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine

    Graduated in 1986

  • University Of Pennsylvania Health System


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. James D Luketich accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Select
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    • Coventry HealthAmerica HMO
    • Coventry HealthAmerica PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Highmark BCBS
    • Highmark Community Blue PPO
    • Highmark KeystoneBlue
    • Highmark PPOBlue
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
  • UPMC Health Plan
    • UPMC PPO
    • UPMC Partner Network Plans
    • UPMC Premium Network Plans
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO
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Locations & Directions

Upmc Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh, PA


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