Dr. Rodney Landreneau

How to Contact Dr. Rodney Landreneau

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Allegheny General Hospital
320 E. North Ave
14th Floor Thoracic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Background Information

Dr. Rodney Landreneau graduated in 1978 from Louisiana State University Medical School and finished his residencies in surgery at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Michigan Medical Center. He is the Director of the Esophageal and Lung Institute at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Landreneau is a thoracic surgeon who specializes in a variety of cancers, including pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer. In 2013, Dr, Landreneau moved back to Louisiana to serve as the director of Ochsner Cancer Institute’s mesothelioma program. Louisiana has an extremely high mesothelioma rate in connection with the state’s high number of workers in asbestos industries, such as manufacturing and shipping.

Toxic asbestos fibers that are inhaled may result in mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that destroys the cellular lining of the body’s major internal organs, with the most-affected organ being the lungs. Louisiana did not have a world-renowned mesothelioma program until Dr. Landreneau arrived at Ochsner, where he worked alongside another innovative mesothelioma expert, Dr. Charles Conway.

In 2013, a pleural mesothelioma patient had the very first surgical debulking/hyperthermic chemoperfusion procedure performed by Dr. Rodney Landreneau in Louisiana. Although this surgical procedure is performed by mesothelioma specialists in only a few cancer centers around the country, Dr. Landreneau had performed it many times before at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center, where he worked for over 20 years.

The procedure he brought to Ochsner should continue to help experts there improve removal of visible tumors in the chest cavity, alongside utilizing a heated chemotherapy bath that destroys any remaining microscopic tumor cells. The heated chemotherapy bath has been used more often for peritoneal mesothelioma, but Dr. Landreneau became one of the few mesothelioma specialists who also use it for pleural mesothelioma.

He has many solid decades of experience treating mesothelioma patients while using minimally invasive surgeries and helping patients improve their quality of life after cancer surgery. Dr. Landreneau also specializes in mediastinal conditions such as myasthenia gravis and mediastinal cancer and cancerous and benign diseases of the esophagus. He is certified to perform numerous advanced therapies, including Cyberknife robotic radiosurgery, Nd-YAG laser surgery and fluoroscopic radiation management. Dr. Landreneau’s extensive surgical expertise utilizes both minimally-invasive and video-assisted surgery. He performs stent laser therapies and lung and esophageal cancer surgeries.

Dr. Rodney Landreneau has authored more than 50 books on surgical topics and his writings have appeared in over 250 peer reviewed journal publications. He also is the editor of two thoracic surgery textbooks. Dr. Landreneau is associated with a numerous professional medical societies, including the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He also is a member of the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups Inc., and he holds specialty certifications from Fluoroscopic Radiation Management, American Board of Surgery, and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.