About Lana Schumacher-Beal, MD

Dr. Lana Schumacher is the Director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery for Massachusetts General Hospital Network and Program Director for Robotic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schumacher received her medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her surgical internship and residency at Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, CA. and her cardiothoracic fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. She also did further training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY.


Dr. Schumacher is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She has extensive experience in minimally invasive approaches to esophageal and lung diseases. Her expertise lies in advancing robotic thoracic techniques for the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, benign esophageal disorders, and mediastinal diseases. Dr. Schumacher runs a scholarship for the Women in Thoracic Surgery for Robotic surgery training. She also serves on faculty for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Graham Foundation Robotic Fellowship.


Dr. Schumacher’s research focuses on the outcomes in robotic surgery for lung cancer, using near-infrared imaging for improved lung and esophageal cancer outcomes and lung cancer in women.


Recent honors/distinctions include participation in the 2018 AATS Leadership Academy and 2015 Pittsburgh Hero Award for Innovation in Medicine.

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Division of Thoracic Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-5200
Fax: 617-726-7667

Medical Education

  • MD, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
  • MD, UCLA school of medicine
  • Residency, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, University of pittsburgh medical center

American Board Certifications

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery - General, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery - General, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Research Interests include: 1)Robotic Outcomes for lung cancer surgery, 2) artificial intelligence in robotic thoracic surgery: optimizing the training of thoracic surgeons, 3)Utilization of Near-Infrared technology to detect and evaluate sentinel lymph nodes in lung and esophageal cancers 4)Prehabilitation for lung cancer surgery and other thoracic surgery