Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States Welcomes Its First Thoracic Surgeon


By Jaclyn Seebsitt

It’s no secret that the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (MAPMG) is committed to hiring and retaining the highest quality physicians to serve our more than 664,000 members every day—and that our medical experts are continuously tapped for their expertise by not only by our members but also by outside media and trade publications. But what you may not know is that MAPMG is always looking to expand its care offerings to ensure members have access to not only top quality care but also the most personalized and advanced care available.

That’s why we are excited to announce and welcome Dr. Nyen V. Chong as MAPMG’s first thoracic surgeon. Dr. Chong began providing regional thoracic surgical expertise to our members on September 9, 2016 at Kensington Medical Center. He completed his medical education at Jefferson Medical College, followed by his residency in general surgery at Penn State University and the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Chong is board certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. Prior to joining MAPMG, he established a robotic thoracic program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Washington state.

“Dr. Chong is a valuable addition to the MAPMG team, and he brings a wealth of expertise that we are excited to share with our members,” said Dr. Bernadette Loftus, Associate Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic States, The Permanente Medical Group.

Cardiothoracic surgeons, which include general thoracic surgeons, specialize in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus and other chest organs. Cardiothoracic surgeons operate on diseases that occur in the organs inside the chest and in the bony structures and tissues that form the chest cavity. Coronary artery disease is one of the most common diseases treated by cardiothoracic surgeons. Thoracic surgeons, like Dr. Chong, primarily treat lung cancer and diseases of the esophagus and chest wall.

Dr. Chong is interested in all aspects of non-cardiac thoracic surgery, including benign and malignant lung disease, pleural disease, esophageal disease and mediastinal disease. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive approaches, including video assisted thoracic surgery and robotic assisted thoracic surgery.

Dr. Chong’s office is located at the Kensington Medical Center, and he will operate at Suburban Hospital. In addition to traditional in-person office care, Dr. Chong will leverage technology by offering thoracic surgery chart reviews and video follow-up care starting in December.

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