• 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
    2022 Analysis of Applicants’ Perspectives of Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program WebsitesAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  114:2372-2378. 2022
    2022 Commentary: In With The New: Three-Dimensional Surface Imaging For Pectus ExcavatumSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  34:1376-1377. 2022
    2022 Bilateral 11th rib disarticulation and resection for chronic rib pain: A case report 2022
    2022 Commentary: Analytic Morphomics and LVRS – A Story of Frailty and FibrosisSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  34:1091-1092. 2022
    2022 Cost-benefit analysis of a patient engagement technology (PET) in cardiac, thoracic, and colorectal surgery 2022
    2022 Commentary: Cut it out: Posttraumatic pneumonectomy and pleural contamination after impalement 2022
    2022 Evolution of technique and results after permanent open repair for pectus deformities 2022
    2022 Mediastinal parathyroidectomy: Utilization of a multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted transthoracic approach in challenging cases 2022
    2022 Commentary: Proving the benefit of pulmonary metastasectomy for relapsed osteosarcoma—to the next hard target?Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  163:480-481. 2022
    2022 Commentary: Sublobar resection for in situ and minimally invasive adenocarcinoma—less is moreJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  163:467-468. 2022
    2021 Commentary: Descending necrotizing mediastinitis: Reclassifying a rare diseaseJTCVS Open.  8:650-651. 2021
    2021 Commentary: Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)—Ready for the big screen 2021
    2021 A prediction model for postoperative urinary retention after thoracic surgeryJTCVS Open.  7:359-366. 2021
    2021 PET Imaging of Neuroendocrine TumorsRadiologic Clinics of North America.  59:789-799. 2021
    2021 Predictors of In-Hospital Death in Patients with Lung Cancer Admitted for Acute Radiation Pneumonitis: A Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) AnalysisClinical Lung Cancer.  22:e716-e722. 2021
    2021 Commentary: Embryonic Thoughts About CEA and Lung TransplantSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  33:616-617. 2021
    2021 Commentary: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tracheostomies—The “how” but not the “why” or “when” 2021
    2021 Commentary: Fontan physiology and special consideration for lobectomy 2021
    2021 Navigational Bronchoscopy with Interventional Pulmonologists and Thoracic SurgeonsInnovations:Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.  16:117-122. 2021
    2020 Commentary: Basilar segmentectomy: A new weapon against cancer for the modern thoracic surgeon?Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  160:1595-1596. 2020
    2020 Commonwealth Neuroendocrine Tumour Research Collaboration and the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Lung Neuroendocrine Tumors: An International Collaborative Endorsement and Update of the 2015 European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Expert Consensus GuidelinesJournal of Thoracic Oncology.  15:1577-1598. 2020
    2020 Mechanical or chemical and mechanical pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax: What is the most effective approach in preventing recurrence? A systematic review and meta-analysisEuropean Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.  58:682-691. 2020
    2020 Reasons for extended length of stay following chest tube removal in general thoracic surgical patientsJournal of Thoracic Disease.  12:5700-5708. 2020
    2020 Commentary: Lung surgery in the time of COVID-19Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  160:e97-e98. 2020
    2020 Commentary: Let's get rich—The use of hydrogen-rich solution for lung preservationJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  159:2119-2120. 2020
    2019 Commentary: Will it go platinum? Microcoil localization as an adjunct to thoracoscopic wedge resectionJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  158:603. 2019
    2019 The Difficult Esophageal ConduitSurgical Clinics of North America.  99:471-478. 2019
    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 Certification for minimally invasive thoracic surgery: Is your surgeon ready?Journal of Thoracic Disease.  11:S1145-S1146. 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 excavatum 2019
    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 : JNCCN.  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 wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery].  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 A Defined Pathway to Teach and Credential Safe Robotic Thoracic SurgeryCurrent Surgery Reports.  3. 2015
    2015 Retention rate of electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopic placed fiducial markers for lung radiosurgeryAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  100:1163-1166. 2015
    2015 Technique and Results of Robotic Pulmonary Lobectomy Using Four ArmsCurrent Surgery Reports.  3. 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 impact of pulmonary hypertension on morbidity and mortality following major lung resectionEuropean Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.  45:1028-1033. 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 resection of the left atrial appendage after failed focal atrial tachycardia ablationAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  97:1322-1327. 2014
    2014 Thoracoscopic versus robotic approaches: Advantages and disadvantagesThoracic Surgery Clinics.  24:177-188. 2014


    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Robotic Surgery.  283-288.e1. 2018
    2017 Robotic approach to lobectomy.  193-204. 2017

    Education And Training

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

  • Benjamin Wei