WHAT I DO

TOP SURGEON IN LOS ANGELES

Recognized as a top surgeon in Los Angeles by Top Surgeons in Los Angeles Magazine.

DEVELOPED NEW SURGICAL PROCEDURE

Developed new surgical procedure on extra-thoracic VATS and minimally invasive chest wall surgery. This work has received multiple awards.

RESEARCHER AND PROFESSOR

He brings surgeons from all across the USA to Santa Monica to surgeons how to do rib fixation surgery. He is the creator of the Surgical Innovation Lab at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. He has co-authored several book chapters and manuscripts, and has presented at multiple national conferences. He is involved in clinical trials for patients in all stages of lung and esophageal cancer.

ENTREPRENEUR AND INNOVATOR

Designed and developed a device to be deployed by physicians to stop bleeding from pelvic fractures after automobile accidents. Designed a patent pending cellular triage kit to provide remote health information to urban physicians in the developing world. Has been awarded multiple patents.

MEDICAL LEGAL CASE REVIEWER

Provide expert opinion and review of thoracic surgery legal cases. Recognized mesothelioma expert.

COVID CONSULTANT AND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT

Provide Covid-19 consultation and advice to business on how to open safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. Consultant regarding new devices and technology to healthcare companies and multinational businesses.

ABOUT OSITA

WHO AM I?

Osita Onugha, M.D., is a board-certified surgeon and assistant professor of thoracic surgery at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Dr. Onugha practices all aspects of thoracic surgery, including procedures for benign and malignant conditions of the lung, esophagus and mediastinum. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive techniques that leave small scars, and has extensive experience in treating thoracic surgical conditions using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS), robotic assisted thoracic surgery (RATS), laparoscopic and bronchoscopic approaches. He developed a new procedure that he calls extra-thoracic VATS to treat chest wall conditions like rib fractures with minimally invasive surgery.

While in training, Dr. Onugha became the first cardiothoracic fellow to be awarded the prestigious Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Fellow and Residents Award. During his training at Stanford, he helped design a novel catheter that detects and treats infections. He was a named inventor on multiple invention disclosures and has two filed patents.

He is the creator of the Surgical Innovation Lab at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Its current projects include: using 3D printing for chest wall reconstruction after surgical resection, using wearable technology as a diagnostic preoperative/postoperative tool, using machine learning to better understand lung cancer, and studying the uses of novel circulating tumor DNA (liquid biopsy) in lung cancer.

He has co-authored several book chapters and manuscripts, and has presented at multiple national conferences.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Specific areas of specialization within cardiothoracic surgery

LUNG CANCER

99%

AIRWAY DISEASES

99%

ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

99%

HYPERHIDROSIS

99%

RIB FRACTURE SURGERY

99%

MINIMALLY INVASIVE THORACIC SURGERY

99%

EDUCATION

UCLA School of Medicine

Medicine

UCLA Academic Teaching Fellow

Stanford University

Surgery

• Designed and created a low cost phototherapy device to treat neonatal jaundice in the developing world with patented technology • Designed and developed a device to be deployed by physicians to stop bleeding from pelvic fractures after automobile accidents

University of Cambridge

MBA, Entreprenurship

Consulted with multinational companies to evaluate new opportunities in healthcare.

UCLA School of Medicine

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award

MEDIA MENTIONS/APPEARANCES

March 2020

BUSINESS INSIDER

ONLINE NEWSPAPER

COVID-19 is a ‘1-2-3-punch’ disease: Doctors describe how the coronavirus severely damages the lungs

December 2019

HEALTHLINE

ONLINE NEWSPAPER

More Teens Are Vaping Marijuana. Why Health Officials Are Alarmed

November 2019

BUSTLE

ONLINE MAGAZINE

Quitting Vaping Affects Your Body In These 4 Ways, Experts Say

November 2019

HEALTHLINE

ONLINE NEWSPAPER

Why It’s a Terrible Idea to Make Your Own Vaping Juice

October 2019

BUSTLE

ONLINE MAGAZINE

What “Social Smoking” Does To Your Body, According To Doctors

October 2019

PREVENTION

ONLINE MAGAZINE

What Is EVALI? Symptoms of Vaping-Related Lung Illness May Feel Like the Flu

October 2019

HEALTHLINE

ONLINE NEWSPAPER

Smoking Does Almost as Much Damage to Your Lungs as ‘Heavy’ Smoking

October 2019

MEL

ONLINE MAGAZINE

Boost oxygen from ‘shark tank’ is a big can of bullshit.

September 2019

PARADE

ONLINE MAGAZINE

These Are The Best Ways to Combat Stress Sweat, According to Doctors.

September 2019

KNX 1070

RADIO

LA County Officials Confirm First Vaping Death

August 2019

MEL

ONLINE MAGAZINE

I’m a casual vaper. Should i worry about vaping sickness?

JULY 2019

RUNNERSWORLD

ONLINE MAGAZINE

Help! Why Do I Sweat So Much

June 2019

MSN

ONLINE NEWS AGGREGATOR

Teen's Vape Pen Accident Sheds Light On the Increasing Dangers of Vaping

June 2019

YAHOO NEWS

ONLINE NEWSPAPER

Photo Shows Crack In Teen’s Jaw After Vape Pen Explodes In His Mouth

September 2017

CBS NEWS

TELEVISION

LA Air Quality Cuts Life Expectancy by 8 Months

December 2017

YAHOO NEWS

ONLINE NEWSPAPER

Teens are vaping, not smoking. But is vaping safe?

February 2018

BUSTLE

ONLINE MAGAZINE

11 Unexpected Things That Cause You To Sweat More Than Usual

MARCH 2018

THE ATHELETIC

ONLINE MAGAZINE

Four Padres pitchers open up about thoracic outlet surgery

March 2018

HEALTHINATION

ONLINE MAGAZINE

10 Things Doctors Wish Non-Smokers Knew About Lung Cancer

May 2018

WOMENS HEALTH MAGAZINE

ONLINE MAGAZINE

An 18-Year-Old Developed ‘Wet Lung’ After Vaping For Just 3 Weeks.

January 2019

HEALTHLINE

ONLINE MAGAZINE

Debate Will Heat Up in 2019 Over Vaping, E-Cigarettes

February 2019

PREVENTION

ONLINE MAGAZINE

How to Get Rid of Sweaty Armpits ASAP, According to Doctors.

May 2019

YAHOO FINANCE

ONLINE NEWSPAPER

Why Am I So Sweaty?

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LOCATIONS

2121 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 ---------------------------------------4201 Torrance Blvd Suite 520, Torrance, CA 90503 --------------------------------

info@ositaonugha.com

+1.424.625.LUNG (text)

+1.310.829.8618 (office)