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Meso Research | Science Advisory Board | David J. Sugarbaker, MD

Meet David J. Sugarbaker, MD

David J. Sugarbaker is an internationally recognized thoracic surgeon specializing in the treatment of mesothelioma. He earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School and completed a residency in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also completed a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Toronto General Hospital, where he served as chief resident in both thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery.

Dr. Sugarbaker, who is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, leads the Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. He directs the mesothelioma clinical and research program.

Since 1988, Dr. Sugarbaker has focused his career on the treatment of pleural mesothelioma and his contributions have helped countless patients and families with no other options. In 2002, he founded the International Mesothelioma Program with the central goal of finding a cure for this disease. The program is the largest of its kind and attracts patients from all over the world.

In 1989, Dr. Sugarbaker was a leader in the establishment of the Tissue and Blood Repository at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. One of the first tissue repositories in the US, the Tissue and Blood Repository has led to extremely fruitful collaborative research projects. Dr. Sugarbaker has mentored hundreds of residents and fellows during his time at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a reflection of his deep commitment to teaching the next generation of physicians. His contributions to education also include establishing a unique fellowship in thoracic oncology, a minimally invasive thoracic surgery fellowship, and a visiting scholar program for thoracic surgery.

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