Message from the Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery

"A physician does not just need to learn the pathophysiology of disease, but needs to place that disease in the proper context of the individual patient. At Mount Sinai, we offer unparalleled education and clinical care through seamless multidisciplinary collaboration, unmatched expertise, personalized treatment plans, and cutting-edge research with a focus on minimally invasive techniques.

I invite you to explore the growing field of Thoracic Surgery and Mount Sinai’s vast contributions to it. This is an exciting time for trainees, researchers and faculty to come together to improve outcomes."

Raja M. Flores, MD
Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Steven and Ann Ames Professor of Thoracic Surgery

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the newly established Department of Thoracic Surgery, which was founded in May 2014. This Department, formerly the Division of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, follows a longstanding tradition of excellence in research and clinical care. It is also only one of few dedicated Departments of its kind in the United States.   

This evolution reflects our volume increase in thoracic cases, particularly with the combined entity, the Mount Sinai Health System, and the rapidly expanding diagnosis and treatment options specific to this field. At Mount Sinai, we offer unparalleled clinical care, advanced research and clinical trials, and educational activities. Our focus is concentrated on the treatment of acquired and congenital diseases of the thoracic cavity, including the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, and chest wall - and minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as VATS lobectomy, to treat them.

Our Department is one of the largest in the nation, in terms of both volume and number of surgeons. It houses one of the most comprehensive Lung Cancer Programs worldwide, a multidisciplinary mesothelioma team, the Esophageal Cancer Center, a Women’s Lung Cancer Program, an Airway/Tracheal Program, Chest Wall Sarcoma expertise, and Mediastinal Tumor and Carcinoid Tumor care. We also offer treatment programs for noncancerous conditions of the esophagus, namely achalasia, acid reflux/GERD, paraesophageal hernias and benign tumors.

At Mount Sinai, trainees are exposed to a wide variety of diagnostics and treatments, including complex cases of malignant and benign thoracic disorders. This includes low-dose CT scans, molecular testing, bronchoscopy, tracheostomy, wedge resection, VATS lobectomy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, sleeve lobectomy, decortication, radiofrequency ablation, state-of-the-art radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and minimally invasive esophagectomy, among others.

As Chair of this Department, I am extremely proud of our entire staff, sustained excellence and continued growth trajectory.  I invite you to explore our exceptional programs and offerings, and to discover the various distinguishing clinical and educational facets of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai.

Raja M. Flores, MD
Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery
Steven and Ann Ames Professor of Thoracic Surgery

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