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Biography

Biography

Osita Onugha, M.D., is a board-certified surgeon and assistant professor of thoracic surgery at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Dr. Onugha practices all aspects of thoracic surgery, including procedures for benign and malignant conditions of the lung, esophagus and mediastinum. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive techniques that leave small scars, and has extensive experience in treating thoracic surgical conditions using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS), robotic assisted thoracic surgery (RATS), laparoscopic and bronchoscopic approaches.

While in medical school, Dr. Onugha became the first cardiothoracic fellow to be awarded the prestigious Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Fellow and Residents Award. During his residency at Stanford, he helped design a novel catheter that detects and treats infections. He was a named inventor on multiple invention disclosures and has two filed patents.

Dr. Onugha holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School in England.

He has co-authored several book chapters and manuscripts, and has presented at multiple national conferences.

Medical School
  • UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Internship
  • Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA
Residency
  • Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA
Fellowship
  • UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Locations

Cardiothoracic Outpatient Clinic
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-8618
(310) 829-8607

Specialties

Specialties
  • Thoracic Surgery (Board Certified)
  • General Surgery (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Arrhythmias
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer and Benign Esophageal Diseases
  • Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
  • Mediastinal Masses/Tumors
  • Sweaty Palms

Insurance

Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna HMO Plan
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Aetna Senior HMO Plan
  • Affiliated Health Funds PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Calif. Care HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Senior Plan HMO
  • Benefit Panel Services PPO/ EPO
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield Access + HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plus POS
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Community Care Network PPO
  • CorVel Health PPO/EPO
  • First Health Network PPO/EPO
  • Foundation Health Plan PPO/EPO/POS
  • Galaxy PPO
  • GWH-CIGNA (Great West) HMO
  • GWH-CIGNA (Great West) PPO, POS
  • Health Management Network PPO
  • Health Net HMO
  • Health Net PPO/EPO/POS
  • Health Net Seniority Plus HMO
  • Health Net Silver Network HMO
  • Health Payors Organization PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Humana HMO
  • ILWU Blue Shield PPO
  • Interplan PPO/ EPO
  • LA Foundation Medical Care PPO/ EPO
  • MCS Patient Centered HC PPO
  • Medi-Cal (Straight)
  • Medi-Cal Anthem (BC) HMO
  • Medi-cal Care 1st
  • Medi-Cal Health Net HMO
  • Medi-Cal L.A. Care HMO
  • Medi-Cal Molina HMO
  • Medical Network Incorporated, PPO
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Medi (Medicare-Medi-Cal)
  • MultiPlan LTD PPO
  • National Provider Network PPO
  • Pacific Health Alliance PPO/ POS
  • Private Healthcare System PPO/POS
  • Prudential Healthcare
  • Scan Senior Health Plan HMO
  • Secure Horizons POS
  • Secure Horizons Senior/UHC HMO
  • Three Rivers Provider Network PPO
  • TriCare HMO
  • Tricare PPO
  • TriWest PPO
  • United Healthcare HMO Plan
  • United Healthcare PPO/POS/EPO
  • Universal Health Network PPO
  • USA Managed Care Organization
  • Workers Compensation