Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Benjamin Wei is currently an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University before continuing onto Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons where he received his medical degree in 2005. Following medical school, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia from 2005-2010 and a cardiothoracic fellowship at Duke University from 2010-2013. He came to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in August of 2013. Dr. Wei has a particular interested in surgical education. He has helped develop multiple resources for cardiothoracic and surgical trainees, including a leading general surgery oral board review book and the Thoracic Surgical Residents Association (TSR) Journal Club app.
    Dr. Wei specializes in robotic-assisted and video-assisted thoracic surgery, lung and esophageal cancer surgery, surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, paraesophageal hernias and also esophageal motility disorders. His other areas of expertise include chest wall reconstruction for pectus excavatum/carinatum, and lung transplantation.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Robotic Morgagni hernia repair: an emerging approach to a congenital defectJournal of Robotic Surgery.  13:309-313. 2019
    2019 Commentary: Going the distance: The effect of margin length on local recurrence after wedge resection for colorectal metastasesJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  157:1656-1657. 2019
    2019 Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy for Peripheral Pulmonary Lesions: One-Year Results of the Prospective, Multicenter NAVIGATE StudyJournal of Thoracic Oncology.  14:445-458. 2019
    2019 Incremental value of three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography over the two-dimensional modality in the assessment of right heart compression and dysfunction produced by pectus excavatumEchocardiography.  36:150-163. 2019
    2019 The Difficult Esophageal ConduitSurgical Clinics of North America2019
    2018 Sternotomy for esophagectomy: Is it worth the risk?Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  156:e221-e222. 2018
    2018 Carbon fiber: Not just for your mountain bike anymoreJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  156:e181-e182. 2018
    2018 Behcet's Syndrome: Fear Not the UnknownSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  30:379-380. 2018
    2018 Technical and operational modifications required for evolving robotic programs performing anatomic pulmonary resectionJournal of Robotic Surgery.  12:529-534. 2018
    2018 Lung cancer screening, version 3.2018Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.  16:412-441. 2018
    2017 Cost Savings of Standardization of Thoracic Surgical Instruments: The Process of LeanAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  104:1889-1895. 2017
    2017 Robotic Lobectomy and Segmentectomy: Technical Details and ResultsSurgical Clinics of North America.  97:771-782. 2017
    2017 The value of salvage surgery after stereotactic body radiotherapy failure: A sticky conundrumJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  154:700-701. 2017
    2017 That's one small step…Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  153:1608. 2017
    2017 Achieving a 3-Star Society of Thoracic Surgery Lobectomy Ranking by Using Continuing Process Improvement, Lean Methodology, and Root Cause AnalysisSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  29:550-557. 2017
    2017 Is the Glass Half Full or Empty? Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy in an Age of Alternative FactsSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  29:254-255. 2017
    2016 Structured training strategy for robot surgeryZhonghua Waike Zazhi.  54:886-890. 2016
    2016 Robotic lobectomy can be taught while maintaining quality patient outcomesJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  152:991-997. 2016
    2016 Incidence, Results, and Our Current Intraoperative Technique to Control Major Vascular Injuries During Minimally Invasive Robotic Thoracic SurgeryAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  102:394-399. 2016
    2016 One hundred planned robotic segmentectomies: Early results, technical details, and preferred port placement presented at the sixty-second annual meeting of the southern thoracic surgical Association, Orlando, FL, Nov 4-7, 2015.Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  101:1089-1096. 2016
    2016 Robotic Lobectomy: Left Upper LobectomyOperative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  21:230-248. 2016
    2016 Robotic Esophagectomy for Cancer: Early Results and Lessons LearnedSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  28:160-169. 2016
    2016 Clinical pathway for thoracic surgery in the United StatesJournal of thoracic disease.  8:S29-S36. 2016
    2016 Extended criteria donors: Closer to the truthJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  152:899-900. 2016
    2016 Lung torsion: Some answers but more questionsJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  152:658. 2016
    2016 Robotic Lung Resection for Non–Small Cell Lung CancerSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America.  25:515-531. 2016
    2016 Robotic surgery for posterior mediastinal pathologyAnnals of cardiothoracic surgery.  5:62-64. 2016
    2015 Left upper lobectomy after coronary artery bypass graftingJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  150:531-535. 2015
    2015 Resident perceptions of 2-year versus 3-year cardiothoracic training programsAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  99:2070-2076. 2015
    2015 Retention rate of electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopic placed fiducial markers for lung radiosurgeryAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  100:1163-1166. 2015
    2014 Performing robotic lobectomy and segmentectomy: Cost, profitability, and outcomesAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  98:203-209. 2014
    2014 The efficacy of restaging endobronchial ultrasound in patients with non-small cell lung cancer after preoperative therapyAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  98:1008-1012. 2014
    2014 The incidence and management of postoperative chylothorax after pulmonary resection and thoracic mediastinal lymph node dissectionAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  98:232-237. 2014
    2014 The safety and efficacy of mediastinoscopy when performed by general thoracic surgeonsAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  97:1878-1884. 2014
    2014 Thoracoscopic versus robotic approaches: Advantages and disadvantagesThoracic Surgery Clinics.  24:177-188. 2014

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2017 Robotic approach to lobectomy.  193-204. 2017

    Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Wei is the Assistant Program Director for the Cardiothoracic Residency. He also directs the didactic experience for UAB residents and medical students in general thoracic surgery.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University 2005
  • New York Presbyterian, Internship 2006
  • Duke University Medical Center, Residency 2013
  • New York Presbyterian, Residency 2010
  • Full Name

  • Benjamin Wei