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Dr. L.M. Darlong

MS (AIIMS), Fellowship Thoracic surgery (S.Korea)

Head of Thoracic Oncosurgery

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Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Sector - 5, Rohini, Delhi - 110 085

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Mahender Kumar Jain Marg, Niti Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110049


Dr. L. M. Darlong is one of the handful surgeons in India, dedicated to the care of non – cardiac thoracic chest diseases, and focuses on cancer surgery of the lungs, trachea, chest wall, oesophagus, and mediastinum. He emphasises on minimally invasive chest surgery using VATS and Robotic surgery.

Dr. Darlong completed his schooling from Sainik School Imphal  under sainik school society known for instilling discipline and career in armed forces. He earned his Medical Degree from Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal and MS from AIIMS, New Delhi. He completed his Residency in Thoracic Surgery from AIIMS Delhi. He earned his Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery from Korea University Medical Centre, South Korea.

Dr. Darlong pioneered advanced NUSS procedure for pectus deformity in India and is the first in the country to perform advanced NUSS procedure using technique of pectoscopy, crane lift and pectus tunneloscopy.

Dr. Darlong is a diligent medical scholar with publications in various indexed journals and is also a reviewer in various national and international journals of repute.

Specialized Areas

  • Robotic lung cancer surgery
  • Robotic Thymoma / Thymus / Mediastinal surgery
  • Robotic oesophagus cancer surgery
  • VATS, Uniportal thoracoscopy
  • Chest wall tumor and reconstruction
  • Pectus deformity- Nuss procedure [Only centre in India]

Educational Background

  • Fellowship Thoracic Surgery – Korea University Medical Centre, Seoul, S.Korea
  • MS – AIIMS Delhi
  • MBBS – GMC Bhopal


  • 2015 – till date – Head of Thoracic Oncosurgery, RGCI & RC, Delhi
  • 2010-2015 Consultant Thoracic surgery & Thoracic Oncology, Fortis Hospital Noida
  • 2009-2010 – Clinical fellow, Thoracic surgery at Korea university medical centre, Anam hospital Seoul, South Korea
  • 2006-2009-Assistant Professor Surgery, NEIGRIHMS, Sillong.
  • 2002-2005- Senior Resident Thoracic surgery, AIIMS, New Delhi
  • 1999-2001- Junior Resident Surgery, AIIMS, New Delhi

Professional Journey


  • First in the country to perform advanced NUSS using technique of pectoscopy, crane lift and pectus tunneloscopy for chest wall disorder.


  • CTSNET [Cardiothoracic surgery network] Video top contents for Thoracic video 2013, ” Single-incision-thoracoscopic-decortications- stage-3-organized-pleural-effusion”.
  • 3rd Medgate Today India Health care awards 2013 for “Thoracic surgery & Thoracic Oncology”


  • Darlong LM, Shunyu NB, Das R, et al. Cut throat zone II neck injury  and  advantage  of  a  feeding    J Emerg Trauma Shock 2009;2(3):213-5
  • Darlong L.M., Panad S., Topno N., Hajong R. Colonoscopic retrieval of migrated Copper-T. J Minim Access Surg. 2009;5:40–42
  • Laleng M Darlong. How I Do it Differently: Video-assisted thoracic surgery for superior posterior mediastinal neurogenic tumour in the supine position. J Min Access Surg 2009;5:49-51
  • Panda S, Darlong LM, Singh S, et Case report of a primary ovarian pregnancy in a primigravida. Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences. 2009;2(2):90-92
  • Laleng M Darlong. Images in Surgery: Vanishing Lung Syndrome. Indian Journal of Surgery 2010; 72:79-80
  • Darlong LM,  Das  R,  Hajong  R,  Topno    A  report  of  two  cases  of  asca-riasis  pancreatitis  managed  conservatively.  Ann  Trop  Med  Public  Health  2011;4:48-50.
  • Laleng M Darlong. Editorial; Thoracoscopy for Trauma. Lung India April-june 2011
  • Laleng M Darlong, NEW IDEAS – Thoracic: Pectus tunneloscopy: Making Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum safe, Interact CardioVasc Thorac Surg (2013) 17 (2): 233-236
  • CTSNET videos,
  • CTSNET videos, Expert technique,
  • Son HS, Lee SH, Darlong LM, Jung JS, Sun K, Kim HJ, Lee K, Lee SH, Lee JT. Is there a role for a needle thoracoscopic pleural biopsy under local anesthesia for pleural fusions?.Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014;47:124–128.
  • Laleng M Darlong, Moon Bridge Bar Stabilization: The Way Forward for Bar Stabilization in Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum and Pectus Carinatum. Clinics in Surgery – Thoracic Surgery, 2016 | Volume 1 | Article 1256 Sep;11(3):319-326
  • Darlong, L.M., Ram, D., Sharma, A. et al. The Azygous Lobe of the Lung: in the Case of Lung Cancer. Indian J Surg Oncol (2017). doi:10.1007/s13193-016-0617-y
  • Ram, D., Sharma, A., Darlong,L.M et al. Management of solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura: a rare differential of solid lung masses. Indian J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg (2017).doi:10.1007/s12055-016-0484-8
  • Ram, D., Darlong, L.M., Sharma, A. et al ; Chest wall reconstruction using steel wire in a case of Chondrosarcoma Rib: a novel technique of neo-rib. Indian J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg (2017). doi:10.1007/s12055-017-0493-2
  • Shagun Bhatia Shah*, Itee Chowdhury, Laleng Mawia Darlong, Priyanka Goyal, Anamica Kansal. Clinical Pearls in Anaesthesia for Pleurectomy/Decortication for Malignant Mesothelioma . June 2017  The Open Anesthesiology Journal 11(1):29-34 DOI: 2174/1874321801711010029
  • Shah SB,Hariharan U, Bhargava AK, Darlong LM. Anesthesia for minimally invasive chest wall reconstructive surgeries: Our experience and review of literature. Saudi J Anaesth. 2017 Jul-
  • Ram, D. K. Sharma, L. Darlong, S. K. Rajappa, and Y. S.Bhakuni, “Mediastinal teratoma with pulmonary parenchyma fistula: a rare diagnostic endeavour,” Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research : JCDR, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. XD03–XD04,2017
  • Sharma, D.K., Ram, D., Shukla, H. Darlong LM et al. Pseudomyxoma pleuri as a Surgical Emergency: a Rare Case Report. Indian J Surg Oncol 9, 271–273 (2018).
  • Sharma K. C., Bhakuni Y. S., Darlong L. M. et al. A giant mediastinal thymolipoma: a rare pathological entity. Indian J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019;35:115-117.
  • Rupam Jha 1, Shagun Shah Bhatia 2, Rajeev Chawla 3, Laleng M.Darlong ,THORACOSCORE FAILS TO ACCURATELY PREDICT MORTALITY IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING THORACIC SURGERY IN INDIAN POPULATION. Abstracts / European Journal of Surgical Oncology 46 (2020) e30ee171
  • Darlong, L.M. Single-centre Indian case series using X or cross bar for Nuss procedure in pectus excavatum. Indian J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg (2020).
  • Meenakshi Kamboj, Garima Durga,Sunil Pasricha,L. M. Darlong, Synaptophysin Positive Glomus Tumor of Trachea Simulating Typical Carcinoid: A Potential trap : Head and Neck Pathology
  • Goel V, Darlong LM. Anomalous Pulmonary Vein in Chemo-irradiated Subcarinal Space. May 2021. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.14542458
  • Vineet Goel, Sunil Pasricha, Manish Pruthi& Laleng Mawia Darlong. Parosteal osteosarcoma with high-grade transformation and lung metastasis after 12 years: a rare presentation. Indian J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg (2021).
  • Kamboj M, Durga G, Pasricha S, Darlong LM, Jajodia A, Gupta G, Sharma A, Koyyala VPB, Mehta A. Synaptophysin Positive Glomus Tumor of Trachea Simulating Typical Carcinoid: A Potential trap. Head Neck Pathol. 2021 Sep;15(3):994-998. doi: 10.1007/s12105-020-01230-3. Epub 2020 Oct 6. PMID: 33025460; PMCID: PMC8385084.
  • Batra U, Prabhash K, Agarwal JP, Darlong L, Munshi A, Penumadu P, Thangakunam B, Bansal A. Clinical management of stage III non-small cell lung cancer in India: An expert consensus statement. Asia Pac J Clin Oncol. 2023 Dec;19(6):606-617. doi: 10.1111/ajco.13938. Epub 2023 Feb 23. PMID: 36815621.
  • Bhatnagar V, Kumar R, Singh A, Singh M, Darlong LM, Mittal AK. Comparative Study Between Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia Morphine and Computerized Ambulatory Delivery Device Epidural Morphine for Post Operative Analgesia for Nuss Procedure in Pectus Excavatum: A Retrospective Analysis. Cureus. 2023 Jul 3;15(7):e41301. doi: 10.7759/cureus.41301. PMID: 37539397; PMCID: PMC10394658
  • Shah E, Raman NS, Aggarwal MK, Jain A, Chokhani A, Murugan A, Goyal R, Darlong L, Batra U. Accuracy of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) in the staging of lung cancer – A comparison of staging EBUS with postoperative pathological nodal staging. Lung India. 2024 Mar-Apr;41(2):93–7. doi: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_449_23. Epub 2024 Feb 27. PMCID: PMC10959321.
  • Darlong, L., Chakraborty, A. & Sharma, P. Nd-YAG laser–assisted pulmonary metastasectomy: initial experience from a tertiary care cancer center in India. Indian J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg (2024).


  • ASI [ Association of surgeons of India]
  • ISTS [Indian society for thoracic surgeon ]
  • CWIG [Chest wall International Group]
  • IASLC [International association for study of lung cancer]
  • ESTS [ European society for thoracic surgery ]
  • ERS [European respiratory society ]

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