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You will normally have several doctors helping treat different aspects of your mesothelioma, including one or more mesothelioma specialists who practice in such areas as oncology, thoracic surgery, and pulmonology. In the final section of this page we list some of the types of medical specialists you are most likely to find on asbestos specialist teams.

Lung cancer specialist

Below is a list by state of U.S. physicians who can treat your mesothelioma, whether you have malignant pleural mesothelioma or the peritoneal or pericardial type. If you decide not to choose one of these lung cancer specialists from this list, you may be able to get referrals from them to another experienced doctor closer to your area.


David M. Jablons, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery Chief, General Thoracic Surgery/UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 885-3882

Robert Cameron, MD
Chief, Wunderman Division of Thoracic Surgery/Surgical Director, Thoracic Surgical Oncology Director/Director, Mesothelioma Program/Director, Punch Worthington Research Laboratory
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 794-7333

District of Columbia

Paul H. Sugarbaker, MD, FACS, FRCS
Director, Surgical Oncology/Washington Cancer Institute, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 877-3908


Lary A. Robinson, MD
Director, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Principal Thoracic Surgical Oncologist/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL
Phone: (813) 972-8412


Stephen C. Yang, MD
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery/Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology/Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation Program/Director, Thoracic Oncology Program/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 614-3891


David J. Sugarbaker, MD
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA Chief, Department of Surgical Services/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Phone: (617) 732-6824


Harvey Pass, MD
Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI
Phone: (313) 745-8746

Gregory P. Kalemkerian, MD
Co-Director of Thoracic Oncology/University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center/Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: (734) 936-5281


Brian W. Loggie, MD
Professor of Surgery, Creighton University Medical School; Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology; Director of Cancer Center/Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Phone: (402) 280-5009

North Carolina

David H. Harpole, Jr., MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Thoracic Oncology Program/Assistant
Professor of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Phone: (919) 668-8413


New York

Valerie W. Rusch, FACS
Attending Thoracic Surgeon/Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 639-5873

Robert N. Taub, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 305-4076

Mary Louise L. Keohan, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 305-4076

Roman Perez-Soler, MD
Associate Director of Clinical Oncology/New York University Kaplan Cancer Center, New York, NY
Phone: (212) 263-8043


Daniel Sterman, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine/University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 614-0984

Joseph S. Friedberg, MD
Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (215) 955-8643

Dong M. Shin, MD
Professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology, and Co-Director of Head and Neck Cancer Program/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: (412) 692-4724


W. Roy Smythe, MD
Assistant Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery/Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


Eric Vallieres, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Section of General Thoracic Surgery/University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 598-4477

Asbestos specialist teams

Normally you will have a group of doctors helping you with your treatment. Below are some of the types of health professionals typically found on asbestos specialist teams:

  • Pulmonologist – Physician who diagnoses and treats lung disorders.
  • Thoracic Surgeon – Surgeon (specialties) heart, lungs, esophagus, and mediastinum.
  • Medical Oncologist – Physician who cares for cancer patients and is an expert with chemotherapy.
  • Radiation Oncologist – Physician who cares for cancer patients and is an expert with radiation.
  • Radiologist – Physician who interprets imaging studies (X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasound)
  • Pathologist – Physician who diagnoses abnormal changes in tissues found in biopsies or postmortem examinations.
  • Thoracic Oncology Nurse Coordinator – Nurse R.N. who is part of the interdisciplinary team that includes a surgeon.
  • Social Worker – Trained professional who provides counseling and information to help patients deal with their illnesses.
  • Respiratory Therapist – Trained medical professional who evaluates, treats, and cares for patients with breathing problems.

After you have settled on your medical team, be sure to consult with a qualified mesothelioma attorney about your legal rights. At HendlerLaw we are able to assist mesothelioma victims in states like Ohio, New Hampshire, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. We are able to file cases for clients in cities such as Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Columbus and more.

Call us today for information or a free case evaluation at 800.443.6353, or email