Before Dr. Vigneswaran joined the Loyola University Health System, he developed a mesothelioma program at the University of Chicago. It is considered one of the largest mesothelioma programs in the United States.

About Dr. Vigneswaran

Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran is an internationally recognized thoracic surgeon. He is known nationally for treating a variety of lung diseases, including mesothelioma.

Currently, Vigneswaran is the director of Thoracic Surgery at the Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Illinois. Loyola is recognized for treating patients that have pleural, peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma. Dr. Vigneswaran and his colleagues work together collectively to provide the best treatment options to their patients.

  • Medical Degree and Residency

    MD from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, India. Dr. Vigneswaran completed residencies in Thoracic Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Glasgow and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

    Vigneswaran also completed several other residencies in the United Kingdom, such as a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Walsall General Hospital, a residency in Anesthesiology at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and a residency in General Surgery at Freeman Hospital.

  • Professorship

    Loyola University Health System Professor of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Program.

Dr. Vigneswaran’s Accomplishments

  • Established a lung transplant and nationally recognized mesothelioma program at the University of Chicago.
  • Is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Past president of the International College of Surgeons in the U.S.
  • A former trustee of the CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians.
  • Completed a fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Thoracic Organ Transplantation.

Get Connected to Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran

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Dr. Vigneswaran is one of a few specialists that can treat mesothelioma surgically. Our patient advocates can help you set up an appointment with Dr. Vigneswaran.

Why Choose Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran?
  • He pioneered a nationally known mesothelioma program at the University of Chicago.
  • Patients under his care generally experience shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery.
  • His methods of treatment typically result in less pain and smaller scars.




Meet Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran

“I like to feel like I am making a difference to somebody and that is, I think, a very honorable position to be in.” – Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran

Dr. Vigneswaran Treating Patients with Robotic Surgery

At Loyola, Dr. Vigneswaran uses surgery as his method for treating patients. He is among a handful of surgeons nationwide that can treat mesothelioma surgically.

Sometimes when Vigneswaran is performing surgery, he may use the aid of robotics. By using a robot, he is able to perform a patient’s surgery with more precision and more magnification.

During a robotic surgery, a small incision occurs at the location of the patient’s disease. Next, a tiny camera is inserted into their body. This allows surgeons like Vigneswaran to see the inside the body more profoundly.

By using modified instruments, the robot performs a patient’s surgery while the surgeon controls its movement from a computer console. The robot is able to turn and grasp quickly and accurately the areas of a patient’s body that need attention during their procedure.

Some benefits associated with robotic surgery are

  • Quicker recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter hospital stays
“My goal at Loyola is to establish a nationally recognized thoracic oncological surgery program, including advanced surgical treatment of mesothelioma,” Dr. Vigneswaran said.

Dr. Vigneswaran is also a well-established name in researching mesothelioma. He plays an active role in many clinical trials that hope to improve treatment for this incurable cancer. One of
his latest studies included using Pleurectomy/Decortication surgery to improve a patient’s quality of life.