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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Maria Lucia Madariaga, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Maria Lucia Madariaga, MD, is a highly skilled thoracic surgeon who specializes in a wide range of lung conditions, including airway disorders, benign and cancerous esophageal disease, and metastatic tumors. Dr. Madariaga has particular expertise in treating patients with complex airway disorders, such as tracheal stenosis, tracheomalacia and tracheal cancers, and performing lung transplants.

Dr. Madariaga also has extensive background in transplant immunology and large animal research, and she is the principal investigator of the organ perfusion laboratory at the University of Chicago. Her research has been published in several highly respected, peer-reviewed journals, including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and American Journal of Transplantation.

Along with her clinical and academic pursuits, Dr. Madariaga is also passionate about mentoring medical school students and residents, providing guidance, insight and advice as they move through their careers.  

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Medical Education

  • Harvard University Medical School


  • Massachusetts General Hospital


  • Massachusetts General Hospital


  • Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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