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Finding a doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and creating a long-term recovery plan for patients of pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma will be of the utmost importance for anyone impacted by asbestos. Surgeons, oncologists, and other specialists may know of advanced treatment options or clinical trials that may successfully eliminate the disease. Below are some of the most important medical experts in the field of mesothelioma.
No list of doctors would be complete without mentioning the legendary Dr. David Sugarbaker of the Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. Before passing away from cancer in 2018, he was the foremost authority on pleural mesothelioma and revolutionized how cancer is treated. Many of the renowned mesothelioma doctors, detailed below, learned from Dr. Sugarbaker’s extensive work treating pleural mesothelioma. The Meso Law Firm is more than willing to help you find the best medical team in the most appropriate geographical area for you or your loved one.
Dr. Abraham Lebenthal is a renowned thoracic surgeon in Boston at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He is also the director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at the VA Boston Healthcare System-West Roxbury Campus. In addition, he lectures at Harvard Medical School and has worked side by side with the aforementioned Dr. David Sugarbaker.
Dr. Raphael Bueno of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston leads their Division of Thoracic Surgery. He is also the director of the International Mesothelioma Program, which performs research and conducts clinical trials in an effort to find lasting solutions for victims of mesothelioma.
Dr. Robert B. Cameron of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is the Director of their Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program. He is well known for helping victims of pleural mesothelioma live longer lives with his unique brand of lung-sparing surgery. His approach not only prolongs life but facilitates a better quality of life since his treatments avoid ancillary complications.
Dr. Jay M. Lee holds the esteemed title of Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, and also hails from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. In addition to being a renowned surgeon, Dr. Lee has spent time researching immunotherapy and gene therapy treatments.
Dr. Anne Tsao is the Director of the Mesothelioma Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She specializes in medical oncology for mesothelioma, and commands an interdisciplinary team of experts specializing in its treatment.
Dr. Raja Flores of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City serves as Chairman for the Department of Thoracic Surgery. He is a widely acclaimed authority in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma and a leading thoracic surgeon, due, in part, to his trailblazing work with video-assisted surgeries for both mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Dr. Valerie W. Rusch of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Research and was among the first women in the country to become a board-certified thoracic surgeon specializing in mesothelioma.
Dr. Jacques Fontaine of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center is the Director of the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center in Tampa, Florida where he specializes in thoracic surgery. He is well known for his use of minimally invasive surgery techniques, such as robotic surgery and also had the privilege of studying under the legendary Dr. Sugarbaker.
Dr. Paul Sugarbaker of the Washington Cancer Center is the foremost authority on peritoneal mesothelioma nationwide. He has pioneered trailblazing techniques in cytoreductive surgery and heated chemotherapy (HIPEC). Due to his cutting-edge treatment, many of his patients are currently survivors of peritoneal mesothelioma.
Dr. J.F. Pingpank Jr. of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh is a medical expert in peritoneal mesothelioma. He advocates for a more targeted approach to treating disease. His regional therapy approach applies treatment around the cancerous growth to prevent its spread to the rest of the body. He also specializes in cytoreductive surgery andHIPEC procedures.
Dr. Sophie Dessureault of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is a surgical oncologist who focuses on treating peritoneal mesothelioma. She is best known for her work on a clinical trial that revealed the benefits of the combination of cytoreductive surgery followed by HIPEC treatment.