Surgical Oncology News

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Dr. Raja Flores, Renowned Surgeon and Lung/Esophageal Cancer Specialist, Joins Mount Sinai as Chief of Thoracic Surgery

Author: PR Newswire
Sep 23, 2010

NEW YORK - One of the world's most prominent surgeons in the treatment of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and esophageal cancer, [SSO Member] Raja M. Flores, M.D., has joined The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Chief of Thoracic Surgery, and as Director of the Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program at Mount Sinai's Tisch Cancer Institute. Previously a leading surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Flores, 43, is world-renowned for his technical skill in treating patients with mesothelioma, lung and esophageal cancers, and non-malignant thoracic diseases, as well as for several groundbreaking studies comparing outcomes of traditional surgeries with newer, less invasive procedures.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the U.S., and among the areas of expertise that Dr. Flores brings to Mount Sinai is his extensive experience in performing VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery) lobectomy, a minimally invasive approach in the treatment of lung cancer. As opposed to traditional surgery that requires opening the chest between the ribs or often removing a rib, the VATS procedure involves making just three small incisions to access and remove diseased segments of the lung, resulting in quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays. In addition to performing hundreds of VATS lobectomies himself, Dr. Flores helped the procedure gain wider acceptance among other surgeons by publishing two sentinel papers showing no difference in survival or recurrence rates between the VATS procedure and traditional lung cancer surgery.

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