Chukwumere Nwogu

Thoracic Surgery
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Cancers Treated:

Specializing In:

Esophageal cancer Lung cancer

Research Interests:

Minimally invasive lung and esophageal surgery Lymphatic spread of lung and esophageal cancer

About Chukwumere Nwogu


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor of Oncology
  • Attending Surgeon, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

  • Professor of Surgery

Lakeshore Cancer Center, Lagos, Nigeria

  • CEO & Medical Director


Education and Training:

  • MD - University of Nigeria College of Medicine, Enugu, Nigeria


  • General Surgery, Flushing Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Thoracic Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA


  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Featured on Cancer Talk


Full Publications list on PubMed
  • Nwogu CE, Groman A, Fahey D, Yendamuri S, Dexter E, Demmy TL, Miller A, Reid M. Number of lymph nodes and metastatic lymph node ratio are associated with survival in lung cancer. Annals of thoracic surgery 2012; 935:1614-1619; discussion 1619-1620
  • Demmy TL, Yendamuri S, Hennon MW, Dexter EU, Picone AL, Nwogu C. Thoracoscopic maneuvers for chest wall resection and reconstruction. Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2012;1443:S52-S57
  • Yendamuri S , Gutierrez L , Oni A , Mashtare T , Khushalani N, Yang G , Nava H , Demmy T , Nwogu C.Does circular stapled esophagogastric anastomotic size affect the incidence of postoperative strictures?. Journal of surgical research 2011; 1651:1-4
  • Yendamuri S, Gold D, Jayaprakash V, Dexter E, Nwogu C, Demmy T. Is sublobar resection sufficient for carcinoid tumors? . Annals of thoracic surgery 2011; 925:1774-1778; discussion 1778-9
  • Kachare S, Dexter EU, Nwogu C, Demmy TL, Yendamuri S. Perioperative outcomes of thoracoscopic anatomic resections in patients with limited pulmonary reserve. Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2011; 1412:459-462
  • Jayaprakash V, Cheng C, Reid M, Dexter EU, Nwogu CE, Hicks W, Sullivan M, Demmy TL, Yendamuri S.Previous head and neck cancers portend poor prognoses in lung cancer patients. Annals of thoracic surgery 2011; 923:1056-1061
  • Hennon M, Sahai RK, Yendamuri S, Tan W, Demmy TL, Nwogu C. Safety of thoracoscopic lobectomy in locally advanced lung cancer. Annals of surgical oncology 2011; 1813:3732-3736
  • Demmy TL, Platis IE, Nwogu C, Yendamuri S. Thoracoscopic extrapleural pneumonectomy for mesothelioma. Annals of thoracic surgery 2011; 912:616-618
  • Bhaskarla A, Tang PC, Mashtare T, Nwogu CE, Demmy TL, Adjei AA, Reid ME, Yendamuri S. Analysis of second primary lung cancers in the SEER database. Journal of surgical research 2010; 1621:1-6
  • Lee RY , Flaherty L , Khushalani NI , Kanehira K , Nwogu C , Yendamuri S , Nava HR , Yang GY. Aorto-esophageal fistula: a rare fatal case caused by esophageal malignancy. Journal of gastrointestinal oncology 2010; 11:64-67
  • May KS , Lamonica D , Nava HR , Gibbs JF , Yendamuri SS , Nwogu CE , Iyer RV , Yap JC , Warner JC , Russo RC , Malhotra HK , Flaherty L , Wilding GE , Chandrasekhar R , Khushalani NI , Yang GY , Thomas Jr CR.Association of Technetium(99m) MAG-3 renal scintigraphy with change in creatinine clearance following chemoradiation to the abdomen in patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. Journal of gastrointestinal oncology 2010; 11:7-15
  • Tang L, Zirpoli GR, Jayaprakash V, Reid ME, McCann SE, Nwogu CE, Zhang Y, Ambrosone CB, Moysich KB.Cruciferous vegetable intake is inversely associated with lung cancer risk among smokers: a case-control study. BMC cancer 2010; 10 :162
  • Nwogu CE, Yendamuri S, Demmy TL. Does thoracoscopic pneumonectomy for lung cancer affect survival?. Annals of thoracic surgery 2010; 896:S2102-S2106
  • Nwogu CE, Ezeome EE, Mahoney M, Okoye I, Michalek AM. Regional cancer control in south-eastern Nigeria: a proposal emanating from a UICC-sponsored workshop. West African journal of medicine2010; 296:408-411
  • Demmy TL, Nwogu CE, Yendamuri S. Thoracoscopic chest wall resection: what is its role?. Annals of thoracic surgery 2010; 896:S2142-S2145
  • Javle MM, Smith PF, Prey JD, Clark KR, LeVea C, Nava HR, Schiff MD, Vinjamaram S, O'Malley L, Wilding GE, Nwogu CE, Yang G, Pendyala L. Capecitabine, oxaliplatin and radiotherapy: a phase IB neoadjuvant study for esophageal cancer with gene expression analysis. Cancer investigation 2009; 272:193-200
  • Demmy TL, Nwogu C, Solan P, Yendamuri S, Wilding G, DeLeon O. Chest tube-delivered bupivacaine improves pain and decreases opioid use after thoracoscopy. Annals of thoracic surgery 2009;874:1040-1046; discussion 1046-1047
  • Sahai RK, Nwogu CE, Yendamuri S, Tan W, Wilding GE, Demmy TL. Is thoracoscopic pneumonectomy safe?. Annals of thoracic surgery 2009; 884:1086-1092
  • Yendamuri S, Nwogu CE, Demmy TL. Thoracoscopic lobectomy with chest wall resection after neoadjuvant therapy. Innovations (Philadelphia, Pa.) 2009; 41:36-38
  • Demmy TL, Tomaszewski G, Dy GK, Yendamuri S, Nwogu C, Pendyala L, Ramnath N, Adjei AA.Thoracoscopic organ suffusion for regional lung chemotherapy (preliminary results). Annals of thoracic surgery 2009; 882:385-390; discussion 390-391
  • Demmy TL, Nwogu C. Is video-assisted thoracic surgery lobectomy better? Quality of life considerations. Annals of thoracic surgery 2008; 852:S719-S728
  • Javle M, Pande A, Iyer R, Yang G, LeVea C, Wilding G, Black J, Nava H, Nwogu C. Pilot study of gefitinib, oxaliplatin, and radiotherapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma: tissue effect predicts clinical response.American journal of clinical oncology 2008; 314:329-334
  • O'Connor BM, Chadha MK, Pande A, Lombardo JC, Nwogu CE, Nava HR, Yang G, Javle MM. Concurrent oxaliplatin, 5-fluorouracil, and radiotherapy in the treatment of locally advanced esophageal carcinoma. Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass.) 2007; 132:119-124
  • Pande AU, Iyer RV, Rani A, Maddipatla S, Yang GY, Nwogu CE, Black JD, Levea CM, Javle MM. Epidermal growth factor receptor-directed therapy in esophageal cancer. Oncology 2007; 735-6:281-289
  • Donthireddy KR, Ailawadhi S, Nasser E, Schiff MD, Nwogu CE, Nava HR, Javle MM. Malignant gastroparesis: pathogenesis and management of an underrecognized disorder. Journal of supportive oncology 2007; 58:355-363
  • Ramnath N, Demmy TL, Antun A, Natarajan N, Nwogu CE, Loewen GM, Reid ME. Pneumonectomy for bronchogenic carcinoma: analysis of factors predicting survival. Annals of thoracic surgery 2007;835:1831-1836
  • Gibbs JF, Rajput A, Chadha KS, Douglas WG, Hill H, Nwogu C, Nava HR, Sabel MS. The changing profile of esophageal cancer presentation and its implication for diagnosis. Journal of the National Medical Association 2007; 996:620-626