Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery
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I'm Jessica Darlington. I'm a general thoracic surgeon, which means I'm a surgeon who specializes in procedures involving the lungs, the mediastinum, the esophagus, and the chest wall. I think I was always a science geek. And I had wanted to be a field biologist and things like that, and then I realized that I really liked people also. So medicine is a really nice way to combine a lot of science and your love of people at the same time.
So as a general thoracic surgeon, I treat many diseases of the chest, including the mediastinum, the esophagus, the chest wall. But I would say in general, I'm a lung cancer doctor. I operate primarily on lung cancers. Most of my research involves patients with lung cancer. That's the disease that I really get excited about and the population of patients I enjoy working with.
My philosophy of care-- I try to be very open with my patients. Lung cancer is a serious disease, and there are some big decisions that our patients have to make. So I really believe in trying to provide them all of the evidence, everything I know about treatment options so that they can make a good treatment decision for themselves. I try to not take away hopes for cure and yet still be optimistic about the diseases we treat.
I get to save people's lives. It's the most amazing and greatest thing I can do, especially with diseases like lung cancer and esophageal cancer, which are challenging diseases. The ability, as a surgeon, to actually cure people-- finding satisfaction at work is really easy for me.
Dr. Donington specializes in lung cancer and treats people at all stages, providing a personalized approach to diagnosis and treatment using the latest technology and innovations, including minimally invasive and robotic surgery.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Donington is an avid researcher and respected leader in her field. Her research focus is in the discovery of novel biomarkers for early detection and treatment of lung cancer and clinical trials that incorporate surgery into multimodality care plans for locally advanced and metastatic lung cancer. Dr. Donington is a past president of Women in Thoracic Surgery and the New York Society for Thoracic Surgery and serves on the editorial boards for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.
- Rush University
- Georgetown University; Internship: Mayo Hospitals and Clinic
- Georgetown University; Residency: Mayo Hospitals and Clinic
- National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute
Memberships & Medical Societies
- American Association for Thoracic Surgery
- Society of University Surgeons
- New York Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Western Thoracic Surgical Association
- American College of Surgeons
- General Thoracic Surgery Club
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Women in Thoracic Surgery
- International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
- American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology
- American Radium Society
- Aetna POS
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna PPO
- BCBS Blue Precision HMO
- BCBS HMO (HMOI)
- BCBS PPO
- Cigna HMO
- Cigna POS
- Cigna PPO
- Coventry Health Plan PPO
- Great West PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- United Choice / Choice Plus
- United Options (PPO)
- United Select (HMO & EPO)
- United W500 Emergent Wrap
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Medical oncologist Christine Bestvina, MD, thoracic surgeon Jessica Donington, MD, and patient Kathy Tentinger joined us for a candid conversation on lung cancer screening, novel lung cancer treatment options and the latest clinical trials offered at UChicago Medicine.Watch Video Watch Video With Transcript