Mesothelioma accounts for only about 0.3 percent of all cancer diagnoses. Finding a doctor who has experience treating it is an important step in beating your disease. With the right treatment, there is hope in overcoming mesothelioma.
There are less than 3,000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed every year. In comparison, there are over 220,000 cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year.
Few doctors have come into contact with this mesothelioma, and even fewer specialize in its treatment. In addition to being rare, every patient’s diagnosis is different—the cell type, location, and cancer stage of the mesothelioma vary. Each plays an important role in which treatment options work best. An experienced doctor considers these factors and tailors treatment to your diagnosis.
You can read more about the cell types, locations, and cancer stages of mesothelioma in our comprehensive informational guide. Order your free copy of our guide today, and get started on improving your prognosis.
Top Mesothelioma Doctors
Dr. David Sugarbaker, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. David Sugarbaker is currently the Director of Lung Institute and Chief of General Thoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. As a surgeon, he is most well-known for developing the extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP), an extensive surgery responsible for extending the lives of patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. He was also one of the pioneers of multimodal treatment, combining the EPP with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Dr. Abraham ‘Avi’ Lebenthal, M.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Abraham ‘Avi’ Lebenthal performs minimally invasive mesothelioma surgeries at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is head of the mesothelioma program at the Boston VA Healthcare center. Having served as a physician in the Israeli Army from 1991 to 1995, he has a special focus on treating veterans. Dr. Lebenthal is one of the few experienced mesothelioma specialists working in the VA Healthcare system.
Raja Flores, M.D.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Raja Flores is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He specializes in minimally invasive surgeries that reduce complications and cut down on in-hospital recovery times. Dr. Flores has extensive experience with the video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy, the “gold standard” of minimally invasive lung surgeries. Read more about Dr. Flores here.
Raphael Bueno, M.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Raphael Bueno is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery and the Director of the Photodynamic Therapy Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is currently conducting laboratory research aimed at understanding how mesothelioma works at a molecular level. Researchers will use findings from this research to create innovative methods doctors can use to better diagnose and treat mesothelioma. Read more about Dr. Bueno here.
If you need help finding an experienced doctor like Dr. Flores or Dr. Bueno, contact our Patient Help Team. A member of our team will review your diagnosis and help find the right doctor for you.