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Jessica Donington, MD, MS

“Seventeen years from training, I still believe Thoracic Surgery is the greatest job in the world. I wake up so excited to go to work on my OR days and can’t imagine anything more fun and satisfying than a day of chest surgery.” (quote continues below)

“There are still patients that bring me to tears, but that is because this work has tremendous purpose. Leadership and education are the icing on the cake, making a great profession even more fulfilling.  I am so grateful for all of those who have encouraged and supported me throughout my career.”

Dr. Jessica Donington is Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Chicago. She is an expert thoracic surgeon who treats the full spectrum of lung, esophageal and mediastinal conditions. Her focus is on the comprehensive and multidisciplinary care of benign and malignant chest diseases. 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.


As highlighted in her nomination by Mara Antonoff, MD:

“Dr. Donington is an enormously accomplished surgeon and leader in our field. She is a globally recognized expert in the management of lung cancer with leadership in practice-changing clinical trials. She is an advocate for students, trainees, and junior faculty members, and she supports them through her mentorship as well as her sponsorship. She’s an inspiring role model who has given so much to women in cardiothoracic surgery.”