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Charles T. Bakhos, MD, MBA, MS, FACS

Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery
Quality and Improvement Officer, Thoracic Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Director, Tracheobronchomalacia Program, Temple University Hospital
Vice Chief, Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Charles Bakhos
For Patients
About Me

Clinical Interests

  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign diseases of the esophagus: hiatal hernia, reflux, achalasia
  • Airway surgery
  • Tracheal stenosis and tracheobronchomalacia
  • Minimally invasive surgery (VATS and robotic surgery)
  • Mediastinal disease and tumors of the thymus
  • Chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum)
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Therapeutic endoscopy, POEM

Research Interests

  • Surgical education/simulation
  • Cost-efficiency analysis of thoracic oncological care
  • Impact of minimally invasive thoracic surgery on patients' survival and quality of life
  • Large database analysis
Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Residency, General Surgery, Hospital of Saint Raphael, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • MD, Université Saint-Joseph, Achrafieh, Lebanon
  • Master's Degree, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Université Claude Bernard, Faculté de Pharmacie, Lyon, France
  • Master of Business Administration, Health Sector Management, Temple University, Fox School of Business, Philadelphia, PA, 2021


  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery


  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Thoracic Education Cooperative Group
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Eastern CardioThoracic Surgical Society

Honors & Awards

  • Valedictorian, Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine, 2001
  • Scholarship from the City of Lyon (Direction des Relations Internationales) and Saint Joseph University (Conseil de la Recherche), Master’s degree in cardiovascular pharmacology, Université Claude Bernard, 2002
  • Sheridan-Alley Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Albany Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, 2012
  • Shirley Rock Endowed Scholarship, MBA, Health Sector Management, Fox School of Business, Temple University, 2021

Digital Bibliography

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Peer Reviewed Articles 
Abou-Nukta F, Bakhos C, Ikekpeazu N, Ciardiello K. Ruptured giant diverticulum of the colon. Am Surg 2005 Dec;71(12):1073-4 
Abou-Nukta F, Alkhoury F, Arroyo K, Bakhos C, Gutweiler J, Reinhold R, Nadzam G. Clinical pulmonary embolus in gastric bypass patients. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2006 Jan-Feb;2(1):24-8 
Abou-Nukta F, Bakhos C, Arroyo K, Koo Y, Martin J, Reinhold R. MD, Ciardiello K. Effects of delaying appendectomy for acute appendicitis for 12 to 24 hours. Arch Surg 2006 May;141(5):504-6 
Bakhos C, O’Connor J, Kyriakides T, Abou-Nukta F, Bonadies J. Vital Capacity as a predictor of outcome in elderly patients with rib fractures. J Trauma 2006 Jul;61(1):131-4 
Emonnot L, Bakhos C, Chapuis B, Orea V, Barres C, Julien C. Role of purinergic cotransmission in the sympathetic control of arterial pressure variability in conscious rats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2006 Sep;291(3):R736-41 
Bakhos C, McIntosh B, Abou-Nukta F, Fiedler P, Denatale R, Ferneini A. Staged arterial embolization and surgical resection of a giant splenic artery aneurysm. Ann Vasc Surg 2007 Mar-Apr;21(2):208-10 
Bakhos C, Alkhoury F, Kyriakides T, Reinhold R, Nadzam G. Early postoperative hemorrhage after laparoscopic and open roux-en-y gastric bypass. Obes Surg 2009 Feb;19(2):153-157 
Bakhos C, Gangadharan S, Snyder G, Wong M, Hagberg R. Management of aortic brucellosis with infection of a descending thoracic aortic stent graft. Ann Thorac Surg 2010 Jun; 89(6):2038-40. 
Bakhos C, Alazemi S, Michaud G, DeCamp M. Staged repair of benign tracheo-neo-esophageal fistula 12 years after esophagectomy for cancer. Ann Thorac Surg 2010 Dec;90(6):e83-5 
Gangadharan S, Bakhos C, Majid A, Kent M, Michaud G, Ernst A. Ashiku S, DeCamp M. Technical aspects and outcomes of tracheobronchoplasty for severe tracheobronchomalacia. Ann Thorac Surg 2011 May;91(5):1574-80 
Bakhos C, Fabian T, Oyasisji T, Gautam S, Gangadharan S, Kent M, Martin J, Critchlow J, DeCamp M. Impact of the surgical technique on pulmonary morbidity after esophagectomy. Ann Thorac Surg 2012 Jan;93(1):221-6; discussion 226-7 
Glotzer O, Fabian T, Chandra A, Bakhos C. Non-small cell lung cancer therapy: safety and efficacy in the elderly. Drug Healthc Patient Saf 2013 Apr 22;5:113-21 
Fabre D, Houballah R, Fadel E, Bucur P, Bakhos C, Mussot S, Mercier O, Dartevelle P. Surgical management of malignant tumours invading the inferior vena cava. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014 Mar; 45(3):537-42 
Bakhos C, Pupovac S, Ata A, Fantauzzi J, Fabian T. Spontaneous pneumomediastinum: an extensive work up is not required. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Oct;219(4):713-7 
Bakhos C, Oyasiji T, ElMadhun N, Kent M, Gangadharan S, Critchlow J, Fabian T. Feasibility of minimally invasive esophagectomy after neoadjuvant chemo-radiation. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A, 2014 Oct;24(10):688-92 
Mitchell A, Bakhos C, Zimmerman E. Anti-Ri-associated paraneoplastic brainstem cerebellar syndrome with coexisting limbic encephalitis in a patient with mixed large cell neuroendocrine lung carcinoma. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Feb;22(2):421-34 
Fabian T, Glotzer O, Bakhos C. Construct validation: simulation of thoracoscopic intrathoracic anastomosis. JSLS. 2015 Apr-Jun; 19(2). 
Bakhos C, Wang S, Rosen J. Contemporary role of minimally invasive thoracic surgery in the management of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations: report of two cases and review of the literature. J Thorac Dis, 2016 Jan;8(1):195-7 
Bakhos C, Wang S, Tedesco K, DeJesus A, Nozad S, Depan H. Primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the middle mediastinum involving the right main pulmonary artery. Ann Thor Surg, 2016 Apr;101(4):1594-6 
Bakhos C, Doelken P, Pupovac S, Ata A, Fabian T. Management of prolonged pulmonary air leaks with endobronchial valve placement. JSLS. 2016 Jul-Sep;20(3) 
Bakhos C, Castillo-Sang M. How to balance family with career: A man's perspective. J Thor Cardiovasc Surg, 2016 Aug;152(2):357-9 
Bakhos C, Stavrakis C, Presta M. Endoscopic Laser Management of a Leiomyoma of the Left Main Stem Bronchus. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol, 2017 Jan;24(1):e14-e16

Books Chapters
Bakhos C, Fabian T. Hiccups. In: Smith H, Pilitsis J, editors. The Art and Science of Palliative Medicine. Hong Kong: AME publishing company, 2014.

Fabian T, Bakhos C. Palliative evaluation and management of pleural conditions. In: Smith H, Pilitsis J, editors. The Art and Science of Palliative Medicine. Hong Kong: AME publishing company, 2014.

Bakhos C, Gangadharan S. Esophagectomy. In: Jones D, Andrews R, Critchlow J, Schneider B, editors. Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy, Therapeutic Endoscopy and NOTES. London: JP Medical Publishers, 2015.

Petrov R, Bakhos C, Abbas A. Robotic esophagectomy. In: Tsuda S, Kudsi OY, editors. Robotic-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery. New York: Springer Nature, 2018.

Bakhos C. Thoracoscopic left upper lobectomy for refractory pulmonary arteriovenous malformation, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Network (, September 2015 (Video).

Bakhos C. Right lower lobe superior segmentectomy for metastatic colorectal cancer, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Network (, January 2016 (Video).

Bakhos C, Galati L, Agag R. Mediastinal tracheostomy in the management of recurrent laryngeal cancer. Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Network (, August 2017 (Video)