About the Department of Thoracic Surgery

One of only a few of its kind in the nation, the dedicated Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers robust educational experiences, conducts advanced research, and provides highly specialized clinical care related to congenital and acquired diseases of the thoracic cavity. Under the direction of founding Chairman Raja Flores, MD, Steve and Ann Ames Professor in Thoracic Surgery, the Department focuses on conditions of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, and chest wall, and the full range of minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat them.

Research in Thoracic Surgery

While the Department is engaged in a wide range of research activities, our studies have a particular focus on lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and mesothelioma. Our clinical research efforts include initiatives to screen for earlier cancers (in order enable more lung sparing surgeries), and our robust portfolio of clinical trials includes studies seeking to improve survival rates and limit treatment side effects by developing new therapies for locally advanced and advanced stage lung cancer.

Dr. Flores is also an investigator of the Libby Epidemiology Research Project, a $4.8 million RO1 grant to examine the health impact of asbestos exposure that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Researchers are investing the disease pathology in the town of Libby, MT, with the goals of assessing risks of exposure to asbestos during childhood; examining the relationships between autoimmune disorders, autoimmune antibody abnormalities, and CT-scan evidence of related scarring lung disease; and recommending environmental cleanup efforts.

Residency and Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery

Our Department offers both a Thoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship. The residency is a two-year independent ACGME program, designed to prepare residents that have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program for ABTS certification, meeting all ABTS General Thoracic Pathway requirements for a career in thoracic surgery.

The Thoracic Surgery Fellowship is a one-year, non-ACGME accredited, advanced fellowship position, designed to provide intensive training in minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) approaches to lobectomy, esophagectomy, and mesothelioma.

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Residency and Fellowship inquiries:
Andrew Kaufman, MD
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