I am a Professor of cardiothoracic surgery and surgical oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Founding Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and as a thoracic (chest) surgeon and surgical oncologist (cancer surgeon), I specialize in surgery of the lungs, pleura, esophagus, chest wall, mediastinum, and diaphragm. Specific areas of expertise include mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, thymus tumors, pectus deformities (excavatum or carinatum), hyperhidrosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). I offer a broad range of services in the field of surgical chest diseases from cancer screening to radical surgery and the most advanced clinical treatment trials. I use the entire range of latest surgical techniques, including lasers, bronchial (airway) and esophageal stents, video- and computer-assisted (robotic) surgery.
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