Last modified: July 20, 2021
Quick Facts
  • Expertise:
    Thoracic Surgery
    Lung and Lung/Heart Transplantations
  • Certifications:
    Board Certified in Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery
    University of Sri Lanka (M.D.)
    Cardiothoracic Surgery and Thoracic Organ Transplantation Fellowship, Mayo Clinic
  • Memberships:
    American College of Surgeons
    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland

About Dr. Vigneswaran

Dr. Vigneswaran is an internationally known thoracic surgeon at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, which is just outside Chicago.

He rejoined Loyola as director of thoracic surgery in January 2016. He spent the previous 10 years at the nearby University of Chicago Cancer Center, where he established programs for lung transplantation and mesothelioma treatment. He worked previously at Loyola from 1998 to 2005.

“My goal in coming back to Loyola was to establish a nationally recognized thoracic oncology surgery program, which included advanced surgical treatment of mesothelioma,” he said.

At Loyola, Vigneswaran is involved in lung and lung/heart transplantations. He treats all diseases of the lung, pleura and mediastinum, including tumors of the chest wall, esophageal cancer, tracheal cancer and lung cancer.

He started Loyola’s unique mesothelioma tumor board — which includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, nurses — which meets biweekly to discuss each mesothelioma patient under Loyola’s care.

“One of my goals is to provide, not just the best possible surgical care, but very tailored and individualized care for [mesothelioma],” he said. “Every case is different, and every case should be treated that way.”

Role as Medical Reviewer on

Vigneswaran’s many years experience with mesothelioma patients, research work alongside other well-known mesothelioma researchers and specialists and board certifications in thoracic and cardiac surgery strengthen his role as a medical reviewer of mesothelioma information.

He makes sure all content on is medically accurate and meets the medical and scientific standards of diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.