Raja M. Flores, MD

Raja M. Flores, MD

Address
1440 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-241-9466
Fax: 212-659-1521

Specialty
Thoracic Surgery

Certifications
Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Surgery

Clinical Focus
Asbestosis
Bronchoscopy, Diagnostic
Esophageal Cancer
Esophagectomy
Lung Cancer
Mediastinoscopy
Mediastinotomy
Pleural Mesothelioma
Pneumothorax
Pulmonary Lobectomy
Robot-Assisted Thoracic Procedures
Thoracotomy
Thymectomy
Tracheotomy
Upper GI Endoscopy
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Education
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

MS, Columbia University
Biostatistics

BA, New York University
Biochemistry

Residency, Surgery
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

Residency, Cardiothoracic Surg
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Biography
Dr. Raja M. Flores is the Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Ames Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Flores’ is a recognized leader in the field of Thoracic Surgery for his pioneering efforts in the treatment of mesothelioma. He has established VATS lobectomy, a minimally invasive approach using three small incisions, as the gold standard in the surgical treatment of lung cancer.  He published two sentinel studies validating its oncological effectiveness by demonstrating equivalent survival and recurrence rates with fewer complications and shorter hospital stays when compared to standard thoracotomy.  Dr. Flores implemented the current program for this procedure at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was a lead investigator in a multicenter trial of neoadjuvant alimta/cisplatin, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and high-dose radiation which is designed to improve outcomes.

Dr. Flores currently has one of the largest VATS lobectomy experiences in the world. He is in the process of publishing, and has presented this data at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Flores’ additional research interests are based on numerous past projects relating to the multimodality management of malignant pleural mesothelioma, as well as innovative surgical techniques in minimally invasive thoracic surgery for lung cancer. He has led a number of major studies, including clinical trials of neoadjuvant gemcitabine and cisplatin followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy and high dose radiation.

After earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from New York University, Dr. Flores attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, receiving his Medical Degree in 1992. He then spent five years at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center pursuing his General Surgery Internship and General Surgery Residency. He then completed a Thoracic Oncology Clinical Research Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Faber Cancer Institute/CALGB in Boston, and his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He also received a Masters in Biostatistics from Columbia University.  Dr. Flores is a member of numerous medical and surgical societies and serves on several editorial boards.

Industry Relationships
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Dr. Flores did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2011 and/or 2012: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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