Stephen C. Yang, MD
Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Stephen C. Yang, MD received his BA from Duke University and MD from the Medical College of Virginia. His training included a general surgical at the University of Texas Health Science in Houston, a thoracic surgical research fellowship at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a cardiothoracic surgical fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. In 1994, he joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and currently is Professor of Surgery and of Medical Oncology. In 2001, he was installed as the first Arthur B. and Patricia B. Modell Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery.
He currently serves as Vice-Chair of Faculty Development and Education for the Department of Surgery, and Associate Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency. He was the former Director of the adult and pediatric lung transplant program, and Surgery Clerkship Director. Among his numerous teaching, research and clinical service awards, he received the 1996 William F. Rienhoff Award for teaching and research at Johns Hopkins, the 1997 AATS Andrew Morrow Research Scholar, the 2004 Medical College of Virginia Outstanding Alumnus Award, the 2006 Thoracic Surgery Directors Association research mentor award, the 2006 Society of Thoracic Surgeons J. Maxwell Chamberlain Award, the 2008 Johns Hopkins Dean’s Award as Clinical Teacher of the Year in the School of Medicine, the 2017 Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Urschel-Mavroudis Spirit Award, and the 2018 Medical School Graduation Marshall and recently elected into The Distinguished Teaching Society in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
At Johns Hopkins, he currently serves on the Dean’s Committees for Postgraduate Affairs, Medical School Admissions, Senior Faculty Development, and the Institute for Educational Excellence. He holds a number of national committee leadership positions in the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Association for Surgical Education, General Thoracic Surgical Club, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. His clinical interests include all aspects of general thoracic surgery, with specific emphases in lung and esophageal cancer biology/survivorship, and robotics surgery; and he also researches in the areas of patient safety/outcomes, geriatric thoracic surgery and enhancing the educational paradigm for medical students, residents and junior faculty. He had developed novel lung transplantation techniques with cadaveric lobar transplantation, and robotic thymectomy approaches.
He was the former President of the International Chinese Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ICSTS), a constituency of over 800 members. In addition to his leadership role with the ICSTS, he is working with Johns Hopkins leadership in enhancing surgical education and training in Mainland China. Congruous with this project, he is involved with medical mission and medical tourism activities, bringing cancer screening programs to the underserved and those seeking health care in the U.S. In 2015, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons (the first Asian American in its 70 year history), and serves as Chair of the Maintenance of Certification Committee and Editor-in-Chief for the next edition of SESATS XIII. He was Vice-Chair of the Committee to develop the cardiothoracic surgery Milestones for the ACGME, and currently the 2018 Program Chair in Thoracic Surgery for the upcoming American Association of Thoracic Surgeons. He was named Chair for the Faculty Development Committee for the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, and Chair-Elect for the Medical Student Education Committee for the American College of Surgerons.
He serves as editor of the textbooks Current Therapy in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (currently in preparation for the 2nd edition), The Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Early Diagnosis of Cancer book series, Practical Reviews of Chest Medicine, and formerly the eJournal Current Surgery Reports. He also serves on many journal review boards, and the current education section editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2001, he and his lung transplant team were featured in the ABC series “24/7” and his team followed in the 2008 sequel “Hopkins” to that series focusing in on resident life and medical student teaching. This series as well as other experiences (such as the care of esophageal cancer) are still shown on the Discovery Channel and the BBC. His CV consists of over 160 peer reviewed articles and 50 book chapters.
Behind every busy man there is a loving and supportive family. Though an empty nester now that his three children have flown the coop (but still on the payroll), he lives with Marivic his wife of 34 year in Hunt Valley, MD, and enjoys playing lounge piano music, country club tennis, “Chopped” cooking, taking care of his grandpuppy Parker, and ballroom dancing, having won the 2017 Dancing with the Hopkins Stars competition for both top fundraiser for the United Way and best dance routine.