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Dr. Jessica Donington

Dr. Jessica Donington

Section chief of thoracic surgery

Dr. Jessica Donington is a skilled thoracic surgeon with a special interest in advancing the medical community's understanding of lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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About Jessica Donington

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    Board Certified in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

  • Pleural and Lung Cancer icon

    Pleural and Lung Cancer

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    Team Leader

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    Excellence in Research

Get to Know Dr. Jessica Donington

Thoracic surgeon Dr. Jessica Donington joined the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2018 as the first chief of the newly created section of thoracic surgery.

With more than 20 years of experience, she brought the leadership skills that have helped build her reputation for excellence in developing a personalized, multidisciplinary approach to treating patients.

Donington’s research focuses on discovering novel biomarkers that can lead to early detection and treatment of lung cancer. She advocates for low-dose CT screening in high-risk populations, working tirelessly to reduce lung cancer mortality.

Before coming to Chicago, Donington spent more than 10 years at New York’s renowned Langone Medical Center, where she worked closely with Dr. Harvey Pass, a famed mesothelioma doctor.

They collaborated on several studies in New York, sparking Donington’s interest and current expertise in treating mesothelioma.

She has excelled in developing treatment options for high-risk patients, particularly with minimally invasive procedures and a multidisciplinary approach.

Donington sees patients at University of Chicago Medicine Orland Park and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine.

Specialties of Dr. Jessica Donington

  • Thoracic surgery
  • Pleurectomy and decortication
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Robotic surgery
  • VATS lobectomy
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Mediastinal tumors

Dr. Jessica Donington’s Experience and Medical Education

  • University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Stanford University Medical Center
  • National Institutes of Health (Fellowship)
  • Georgetown University (Residency)
  • Rush Medical College, Chicago (M.D.)

Awards and Other Recognitions

  • American Society for Radiation (Honorary member)
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery (Past president)
  • Annals of Thoracic Surgery (Editorial board)
  • Journal of Thoracic Oncology (Editorial board)
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • Society of University Surgeons
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Publications of Dr. Jessica Donington

  • Donington, J. & Patel, J. (2020, May). The Rapidly Changing World of Thoracic Surgery. Thoracic Surgery Clinics.
  • Ceppa, D. et al. (2020, April). Sexual Harassment and Cardiothoracic Surgery: #UsToo? The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
  • Donington, J. (2019, April). Commentary: The need to RIOT (return to intended oncologic treatment) after lung cancer surgery. Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery.

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Last Modified July 24, 2020

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