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Interim Division Chief

Surgical Director, UNC Lung Transplant Program
Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program
Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology

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Clinical Interests

Thoracic oncology including cancer of lung and esophagus, heart and lung transplantation, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, lung and esophageal surgery, cardiac surgery including ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation.

Research Interests

Lung cancer (CALGB trial of lobectomy versus sublobar resection for small (<2cm) peripheral non-small cell lung cancer); use of lungs from non-heart-beating donors for transplantation.


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Surgical Research Fellowship, Cardiovascular Lab, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI,
  • General Surgery Residency, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
  • MD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Recent Publications

View Dr. Haithcock’s recent research publications on PubMed.

Patient Stories

Double Lung Transplant During COVID-19 | January 5, 2022

Tolisha AlexanderOn May 29, Tolisha woke up with difficulty breathing, unable to even walk to the bathroom. Her husband called an ambulance. On August 10, Tolisha Alexander was the first UNC patient to undergo a lung transplant due to COVID-19. Read more about Tolisha’s story.


Linda Kelly Finds Hope and Care During COVID-19 | January 21, 2021

Linda Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago and received treatment that included a mastectomy and radiation. The medical intervention saved her life but led to some later complications that forced her to seek care in mid-2020. Read more about Linda’s story.