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Thoracic Surgery

Charles T. Bakhos, MD, MS, FACS

Charles T. Bakhos
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Clinical Interests
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Minimally invasive surgery (robotic and thoracoscopic surgery)
  • Benign diseases of the esophagus, including achalasia, hiatal hernia and reflux disease
  • Diseases of the mediastinum
  • Tumors of the thymus
  • Pectus excavatum and chest wall deformities
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Benign and malignant diseases of the airway, including tracheal stenosis and tracheobronchomalacia
  • Endoscopic therapy for diseases of the airway and the esophagus
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

Dr. Bakhos was featured in a 6 ABC "Moves in Medicine" segment. Watch the video to learn more about diagnosing and treating tricky TBM, a rare lung disease.

  • Arabic
  • MD, Université Saint-Joseph, Achrafieh, Lebanon
  • Master's Degree, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Université Claude Bernard, Faculté de Pharmacie, Lyon, France
  • 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
Board Certification
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
Awards and Honors
  • Valedictorian, Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine, 2001
  • Sheridan-Alley Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Albany Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, 2012

Treatment Philosophy
I am a general thoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive approaches to diseases of the lung, esophagus and airway. My treatment philosophy is to thoroughly counsel the patients about their disease in a compassionate and comprehensive fashion, enabling them to make the best decision for themselves and their family.


Office Locations

Temple Lung Center

Temple University Hospital – Main Campus

3401 N. Broad Street

Ambulatory Care Center, 5th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Phone: 800-TEMPLE-MED

Fax: 215-707-6867

Digital Bibliography

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.

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)

ratings & reviews


Our Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider related questions from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about Patient Satisfaction Rating.


4.70 / 5.0


Give easy to understand instruction
Provider expl in way you understand
Provider listen carefully to you
Show respect for what you say
Spend enough time with you
June 18, 2021

These people with Dr. Bakhos are very professional.

May 28, 2021

I had a great experience staying at your hospital. Dr. Bakhos was AWESOME and the nurses were all fantastic especially my nurse on 8th floor [...]. She was the BEST nurse you can ever have!

March 5, 2021

This form does not give enough for me to describe just how much this doctor cares for me. He deserves so much more positive reviews.

February 12, 2021

We are happy with doctor. We had to unnecessarily go from one department to next I am transplant patient and my husband is elderly. I am on tube feeding, making it more difficult to spend all that time at hospital.

August 11, 2020

My Doctor Charles Bakhos is an excellent surgeon. Very professional.