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Dr. John A. Federico

Dr. John A. Federico

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. John Federico handles complex cases of lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Northwest Montana.

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About John A. Federico

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    Pleural and Lung Cancer

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    Robotic Surgery

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    30+ Years of Experience

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    Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery

Federico joined Kalispell Surgical Specialists in 2017, adding three decades of experience to the comprehensive thoracic malignancy program.

In addition to the aggressive, life-changing operations he has done for many years, Federico also has experience in the minimally-invasive management of thoracic malignancies.

He has expertise with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which has changed the traditional approach to surgery for mesothelioma treatment.

He has also taken the lead in utilization of the novel Veran SPiN System, an advanced version of bronchoscopy recently added at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. With the most up-to-date technology, it allows specialists to better investigate early lung abnormalities.

“This new tool merges three different technologies into one: CT scan, traditional bronchoscopy and guided catheter navigation,” Federico said. “The benefits are profound. We can detect and treat lung cancer earlier, which means better odds for the patient.”

Expert on Thoracic Cancers

Federico joined Kalispell after more than 20 years at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He also served there as director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and an attending physician at Middlesex Hospital.

He played a major role in establishing regional lung cancer screening programs in Connecticut. He is an authority on the early detection of lung cancer, which has helped his new team in Montana.

Although the town of Kalispell has an estimated population of just 25,000 people, its Regional Healthcare System offers a spectrum of services that rival those in much larger metropolitan areas.

Federico received his degree from the Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. He did his residency in general surgery at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, and he started his career at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ontario, Canada.

During his years at Yale University, Federico spoke often at workshops and symposiums throughout the country. Among the topics were “Management of Pleural Effusions,” “Pulmonary Resection” and “Patient Management of Lung Cancer.”

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Last Modified August 2, 2020

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