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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address ZRB 739 Zip 0007
Phone  (205) 934-5937
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Medical School  Columbia University College of Physicians / Surgeons    2005  MD 
Graduate  New York Presbyterian    2006  General Surgery 
Residency  New York Presbyterian    2010  General Surgery  
Residency  Duke University Medical Center    2013  Cardiothoracic Surgery 

American Board of Surgery    
American Board of Thoracic Surgery   

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Surgery   Surgery - Cardiovascular/Thoracic Associate Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Associate Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Associate Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Benjamin Wei is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Wei specializes in robotic-assisted thoracic surgery, surgery for gastro esophageal 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. Dr. Wei has a particular interest in surgical education. He has helped develop multiple resources for cardiothoracic and surgical trainees, including leading a general surgery oral board review book and the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSR) Journal Club app. Dr. Wei directs the didactic experience for UAB residents and medical students in general thoracic surgery.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American College of Surgeons     
General Thoracic Surgical Club     
Society of Thoracic Surgeons     
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association     

Research/Clinical Interest
Lung cancer and lugn surgery outcomes, treatment of parlyzed diaphragm, pumonary hypertension, lung cancer staging techniques.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Wei B, Inabnet W, Lee JA, Sonett JR. Optimizing the minimally invasive
approach to mediastinal parathyroid adenomas. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011
Sep;92(3):1012-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.04.091. 
PMID: 21871292 
Wei B, Bryant AS, Minnich DJ, Cerfolio RJ. The safety and efficacy of
mediastinoscopy when performed by general thoracic surgeons. Ann Thorac Surg.
2014 Jun;97(6):1878-83; discussion 1883-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.02.049.
Epub 2014 Apr 21.  
PMID: 24751152 
Nasir BS, Bryant AS, Minnich DJ, Wei B, Dransfield MT, Cerfolio RJ. The
efficacy of restaging endobronchial ultrasound in patients with non-small cell
lung cancer after preoperative therapy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Sep;98(3):1008-12.
doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.04.091. Epub 2014 Jul 25.  
PMID: 25069682 
Wei B, D'Amico TA. Thoracoscopic versus robotic approaches: advantages and
disadvantages. Thorac Surg Clin. 2014 May;24(2):177-88, vi. doi:
10.1016/j.thorsurg.2014.02.001. Review.  
PMID: 24780422 
Bryant AS, Minnich DJ, Wei B, Cerfolio RJ. The incidence and management of
postoperative chylothorax after pulmonary resection and thoracic mediastinal
lymph node dissection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Jul;98(1):232-5; discussion 235-7.
doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.03.003. Epub 2014 May 6.  
PMID: 24811982 

Thoracic oncology-- lung, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, minimally invasive surgery--video assisted thoracoscopic surgery VATS, chest wall reconstruction, lung transplantation, robotic surgery.