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Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology
Associate Professor of Surgery

Clinical Interests

Thoracic oncology including cancer of lung and esophagus, lung transplantation, ECMO, emphysema, bronchiectasis, Minimally invasive thoracic surgery including robotic surgery

Research Interests

Surgical outcomes, patient-centered outcomes, surgical capacity building, Global health

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UNC Patient-Centered Perioperative Care

Education and Training

  • MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • Residency (General Surgery), Brigham and Women’s Hospital , Boston, MA
  • Residency (Cardiothoracic Surgery), Brigham and Women’s Hospital , Boston, MA
  • Research Fellow, BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health, Boston, MA
  • BS, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Board Certification

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery


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

Q & A

For an introspective look at Dr. Mody, check out her interview.

Patient Stories

A Fighter All Her Life, Surviving an Unsurvivable Condition | June 2, 2020

Acid reflux. That’s what doctors initially thought Helen Nance was suffering from. Helen shares her intense medical journey from being airlifted to UNC, to being diagnosed with a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm that burst a hole in her esophagus. Read more about Helen’s story.