Oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, some specific to mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma doctors understand the latest research and treatment advancements, including through clinical trials. In recent years, strides have been made in understanding and addressing the disease.
Patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma should seek the care of a specialist that has experience treating the disease to receive the best care. Mesothelioma doctors can help patients and families understand their prognosis, as well as any treatment options available.
Choosing a Mesothelioma Doctor
Not all physicians have experience with mesothelioma, so patients are typically referred to a cancer specialist by their healthcare provider. Finding a mesothelioma specialist is not only crucial to receiving the best treatment, but also to ensuring an accurate diagnosis. Early detection is difficult for mesothelioma, but the best way to improve prognosis. A mesothelioma specialist can diagnose the disease, or confirm a diagnosis, determining mesothelioma type, cell type, staging, treatment options and prognosis. With a thorough understanding of mesothelioma cancer, these doctors can help inform patients and their families.
Patients often have to travel to a comprehensive cancer center for specialized care. Most cancer centers are located in major cities, but there are mesothelioma doctors around the United States. Below is a guide to mesothelioma doctors by state.
Francisco RobertMedical Hematologist & Oncologist Birmingham VA Hospital
Benjamin Wei, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital
Jeanne E. Anderson, M.D.Medical Oncologist Providence Alaska Medical Center
William E. Curtis, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon Providence Alaska Medical Center
Linda L. Garland, M.D.Director, Clinical Lung Cancer Program University of Arizona Cancer Center
Helen J. Ross, M.D.Medical Oncologist Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Nabil Wasif, M.D.Surgical Oncologist Mayo Clinic Hospital
Konstantinos Arnaoutakis, M.D.Medical Hematologist & Oncologist Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Matthew A. Steliga, M.D.Associate Professor of Surgery - Thoracic Surgery Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Robert Brian Cameron, M.D.Director, Thoracic Oncology University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
David M. Jablons, M.D.Chief of Thoracic Surgery UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
Joel M. Baumgartner, M.D.Surgical Oncologist University of California San Diego Cancer Center
Michael Y. Chang, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
W. Charles Conway, II, M.D.Surgical Oncologist Ridley-Tree Cancer Center
Mark R. Cullen, M.D.Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine Stanford School of Medicine
Thierry Marie Jahan, M.D.Lung Cancer Specialist UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
Mark W. Lischner, M.D.Pulmonary Specialist
Ravi Salgia, M.D.Medical Oncologist City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
D. Ross Camidge, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of Colorado Cancer Center
Robert C. Doebele, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of Colorado Cancer Center
W. Thomas Purcell, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of Colorado Cancer Center
Frank C. Detterbeck, M.D.Chief of Thoracic Surgery Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven
Michael R. Grey, M.D.Chair of Medicine Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Carrie A. Redlich, M.D.Director, Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Yale School of Medicine
Gregory A. Masters, M.D.Medical Oncologist Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
Charles R. Mulligan, Jr., M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
Lary A. Robinson, M.D.Director, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Scott J. Antonia, M.D.Medical Oncologist H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Amit N. Patel, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Tawee Tanvetyanon, M.D.Medical Oncologist H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Nestor R. Villamizar, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Seth D. Force, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Daniel L. Miller, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Michele Carbone, M.D.Director, Thoracic Oncology University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Haining Yang, M.D.Researcher University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Timothy E. Sawyer, M.D.Radiation Oncologist St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI): Boise
Matthew W. Schoolfield, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon St. Luke's Clinic – Cardiothoracic and Vascular Associates
Edward R. Setser, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Philip D. Bonomi, M.D.Medical Oncologist Rush University Cancer Center
Traves D. Crabtree, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery at Simmons Cancer Institute
Hedy Lee Kindler, M.D.Director, Mesothelioma Program The University of Chicago Medicine
Michael J. Liptay, M.D.Head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery Rush University Cancer Center
Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, M.D.Division Director, Thoracic Surgery Loyola University Medical Center
Laurence Bates, M.D.Hematology and Oncology Specialist St. Francis Cancer Center
Anita F. Conte, M.D.Medical Oncologist/Hematologist The Cancer Center at Columbus Regional Health
Feng-Ming Spring Kong, M.D.Radiation Oncologist Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
Michael Slaughter, M.D.Hematology and Oncology Specialist St. Francis Cancer Center
Gerald H. Clamon, M.D.Medical Oncologist Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
James M. Levett, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Department of Surgical Specialists
Chao Huang, M.D.Director, Lung Program The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Prakash Neupane, M.D.Medical Hematologist & Oncologist The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Victor H. van Berkel, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon James Graham Brown Cancer Center
Goetz H. Kloecker, M.D.Medical Oncologist James Graham Brown Cancer Center
Timothy W. Mullett, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Markey Cancer Center
Brian L. Pettiford, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon Ochsner Cancer Institute
Robert Ramirez, D.O.Medical Oncologist Ochsner Medical Center-The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center
Seth D. Blank, M.D.Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgeon MaineGeneral Medical Center
Gary M. Hochheiser, M.D.Surgical Oncologist Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Stephen C. Yang, M.D.Professor, Surgery and Oncology Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Julie Renee Brahmer, M.D.Co-Director of the Upper Aerodigestive Department within the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Joseph S. Friedberg, M.D.Head, Division of Thoracic Surgery University of Maryland School of Medicine
Raffit Hassan, M.D.Medical Oncologist National Cancer Institute
Petr F. Hausner, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Raphael Bueno, M.D.Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery; Co-Director, The Lung Center Brigham and Women's Hospital
Pasi A. Janne, M.D.Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Michael S. Kent, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Richard L. Kradin, M.D.Associate Pathologist Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
David J. Kwiatkowski, M.D.Thoracic Oncologist Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Scott Swanson, M.D.Chief Surgical Officer Brigham and Women's Hospital
Shirish M. Gadgeel, M.D.Co-Leader, Thoracic Oncology Team Michigan Medicine Upper Aerodigestive Clinic
Gregory P. Kalemkerian, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of Michigan Health System
Ayman Soubani, M.D.Thoracic Oncologist Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Robert Kratzke, M.D.Medical Oncologist Masonic Cancer Center - University of Minnesota
Aaron S. Mansfield, M.D.Medical Oncologist & Hematologist The Mayo Clinic
Pierre E. De Delva, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi Cancer Registry
John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi Cancer Registry
Ramaswamy Govindan, M.D.Medical Oncologist Siteman Cancer Center
Alexander PattersonThoracic Surgeon Siteman Cancer Center
John A. Federico, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Kalispell Regional Healthcare Surgical Specialists
John Schallenkamp, M.D.Radiation Oncologist Billings Clinic Cancer Center
Rudy P. Lackner, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon University of Nebraska Medical Center/ Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Brian W. Loggie, M.D.Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology CHI Health Clinic
Fadi Braiteh, M.D.Medical Oncologist Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
Nicholas J. Vogelzang, M.D.Medical Oncologist Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
Konstantin H. Dragnev, M.D.Medical Oncologist & Hematologist Norris Cotton Cancer Center
David J. Finley, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Norris Cotton Cancer Center
H. Richard Alexander, Jr., M.D.Chief Surgical Officer Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Bruce G. Haffty, M.D.Chief of Staff Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Jyoti Malhotra, M.D.Medical Oncologist Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Charles Dietl, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of New Mexico Cancer Center
Jess D. Schwartz, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon University of New Mexico Cancer Center
Raja M. Flores, M.D.Chief, Thoracic Surgery Mount Sinai Medical Center
Harvey Pass, M.D.Chief, Thoracic Oncology NYU Cancer Center NYU Langone Medical Center
John D. Allendorf, M.D.Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery NYU Winthrop Hospital
Shahriyour Andaz, M.D.Director, Thoracic Oncology South Nassau Communities Hospital on Long Island
Robert J. Cerfolio, M.D.Chief of Clinical Thoracic Surgery & Director of the Lung Cancer Center NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center
John A. Chabot, M.D.Chief, Division of GI/Endocrine Surgery Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roman Perez-Soler, M.D.Chief, Division of Medical Oncology Montefiore Medical Center
Stephen Rush, M.D.Radiation Oncologist NYU Langone Medical Center
Daniel H. Sterman, M.D.Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine & Director, Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Oncology Program NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center
Tracey L. Weigel, M.D.Chief of Thoracic Surgery Westchester Medical Center
Andrea S. Wolf, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon The Mount Sinai Hospital
Sai Yendamuri, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Roswell Park Cancer Institute
David H. Harpole, M.D.Vice Chief, Division of Surgical Services Duke Cancer Center
Edward A. Levine, M.D.Surgical Oncologist Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jill Ohar, M.D.Professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Immunologic Medicine Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center
Preston Steen, M.D.Medical Oncologist, Hematologist, & Palliative Medicine Specialist Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center
Daniel M. Tuvin, M.D.Surgical Oncologist Sanford Health
Claire Verschraegen, M.D.Medical Oncologist Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
David P. Carbone, M.D.Medical Oncologist The James Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Edmund Folefac, M.D.Medical Oncologist & Hematologist Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nathan Pennell, M.D., Ph.D.Director, Lung Cancer Medical Oncology Program The Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute
James Stevenson, M.D.Medical Oncologist The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
Peter Baik, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Arthur N.S Mcunu, Jr., M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon Oklahoma University Medicine
Daniel Nader, M.D.Director, Lung Center CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, M.D.Surgical Oncologist CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D.Medical Oncologist Providence Cancer Center
Paul H. Schipper, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
James Pingpank, M.D.Surgical Oncologist UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Steven M. Albelda, M.D.Vice Chief and Director, Lung Research, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Penn Medicine/Abramson Cancer Center
David Bartlett, M.D.Vice Chair, Surgical Oncology Services UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Neil A. Christie, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Joel D. Cooper, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon University of Pennsylvania Health System
Cherie P. Erkmen, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Temple Lung Center
Larry R. Kaiser, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon, President & CEO, Temple University Heath System Temple Lung Center
Rodney J. Landreneau, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Landreneau Thoracic Surgical Associates, P.C.
James D. Luketich, M.D.Director, Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program Mesothelioma Specialty Care Center of UPMC Cancer Centers
Sunil Singhal, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine – Abramson Cancer Center
Jack A. Elias, M.D.Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Brown University
John Pella, M.D.Chief, Pulmonary Medicine Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Sundaresan T. Sambandan, M.D.Internal Medicine and Hematology Hematology and Oncology Associates of Rhode Island
Anthony Testa, M.D.Hematologist & Oncologist Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
Alice Boylan, M.D.Chief, Acute, Critical, and Trauma Medical University of South Carolina
Chadrick E. Denlinger, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina
Carol A Sherman, M.D.Thoracic Medical Oncologist Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina
Ashraf A. Elshami, M.D.Pulmonologist Sanford Health/Sanford Pulmonary Medicine Clinic
Michael Keppen, M.D.Medical Oncologist & Hematologist Sanford Cancer Center
Eric S. Lambright, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Vanderbilt Thoracic Surgery Clinic
Spence McCachren, M.D.Medical Oncologist Thompson Oncology Group
Anne S. Tsao, M.D.Director, Mesothelioma Program/Thoracic Chemo-Radiation Program University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Bryan Burt, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon & Oncologist Baylor College of Medicine
Shawn S. Groth, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Baylor College of Medicine
Kemp Kernstine, M.D.Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Care Center
Cesar A. Moran, M.D.Professor, Pathology The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
David C. Rice, M.D.Associate Professor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Anna Chalmers, M.D.Medical Oncologist Huntsman Cancer Institute - University of Utah
Shiven B. Patel, M.D.Medical Oncologist Huntsman Cancer Institute - University of Utah
Steven Ades, M.D.Medical Oncologist The University of Vermont Medical Center
Christopher J. Anker, M.D.Radiation Oncologist The University of Vermont Medical Center
Ryan Gentzler, M.D.Thoracic Oncologist University of Virginia Cancer Center
James M. Isbell, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon University of Virginia Cancer Center
Christine L. Lau, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon University of Virginia Cancer Center
Joan H. Schiller, M.D.Medical Oncologist Inova Medical Group - Hematology Oncology
Eric Vallieres, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Alexander Farivar, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Michael S. Mulligan, M.D.Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program University of Washington Medical Center
Howard Jack West, M.D.Medical Oncologist Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center
Paul H. Sugarbaker, M.D.Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncologist Washington Cancer Institute
Giuseppe Giaccone, M.D.Medical Oncologist & Hematologist Lombardi Cancer Research Center
M. Blair Marshall, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Lombardi Cancer Research Center
Nepal C. Chowdhury, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon St. Mary’s Medical Center
Rebecca S. Wolfer, M.D.Thoracic Surgeon Marshall Health-Surgery
David Johnstone, M.D.Cardiothoracic Surgeon Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin
H. Ian Robins, M.D.Medical Oncologist University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Joseph Rosen, M.D.Medical Oncologist Rocky Mountain Oncology Center
Robert L. Tobin, M.D.Radiation Oncologist Rocky Mountain Oncology Center
Robert Winter, M.D.Consultant Respiratory Physician Papworth Hospital
It’s important for patients and their loved ones to find a doctor that they are confident and comfortable with to lessen their stress throughout their treatment journey. When selecting a doctor, patients should ask questions and gain a thorough understanding of the physician’s experience, treatment capabilities, level of trust and communication and ability to meet any patient concerns.
Experience with Mesothelioma
- How long has this doctor been treating mesothelioma patients?
- Does the doctor have recent experience with a mesothelioma case?
- Does the doctor have experience treating my specific type of mesothelioma?
- Is the doctor up-to-date on the latest mesothelioma research and published studies?
- What is the doctor's specialty (ie. cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic surgery, surgical oncology)?
- Is this doctor associated with a dedicated mesothelioma program, cancer institute or medical school?
- What mesothelioma treatments does this doctor typically recommend?
- Is the doctor willing to try newer treatments that might be more effective?
- Can this doctor potentially help with enrollment in a clinical trial?
- Does the doctor support alternative therapies used to ease pain and symptoms?
Trust and Communication
- Is there trust towards the doctor in making important care decisions?
- Will the doctor consider patient concerns and defer to patient decisions?
- Can the doctor be contacted at any time with questions or concerns?
- What forms of communication with the doctor and medical staff are available?
- Do the doctor’s fees seem reasonable compared with similar services elsewhere?
- Will the doctor’s practice work with my insurance (or other forms of payment)?
- How far away from home is the medical center where the doctor practices?
- Can medical records be accessed online, and if so, how?
Top Doctors by Mesothelioma Type
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of the cancer, followed by peritoneal mesothelioma. There are many doctors that specialize specifically in one of these types with experience treating cancer of the lungs or cancer of the abdomen. For example, a doctor specializing in pleural mesothelioma will have additional insight into what treatment options are available, their effectiveness and new clinical trials and research that could be helpful for your individual case. When choosing a mesothelioma doctor, patients should look into their specialties to find someone well-versed in their type of cancer.
Top Pleural Mesothelioma Doctors
Initial Appointments with a Mesothelioma Doctor
It can be overwhelming for patients to attend their first appointment after a mesothelioma diagnosis, especially when they have to travel. A good way to prepare is by getting organized with information and questions that will help the doctor understand your concerns and all aspects of your individual case.
Patients should consider bringing:
- All medical records and scans
- A list of current medications, vitamins and supplements
- A list of current allergies
- Copies of insurance cards
- Any new patient forms that were sent prior to the appointment
- A friend or family member that can offer support, ask questions and listen
- A list of current questions and concerns
- A notebook to take notes during the appointment
Prior to the appointment, patients should also:
- Determine travel needs and travel times
- Figure out accommodations, if needed, and transportation to the doctor’s office
- Inquire about insurance coverage for the appointment
- Confirm the appointment time and any need for early arrival
- Have medical records sent from current doctors offices to new oncologist
What to Expect During the Appointment
Initial mesothelioma appointments can vary based on the cancer center, doctor and patient circumstances. Typically, they can last from 1 – 3 hours, and may start with a physical exam or additional testing. This is meant to provide more clarity regarding your diagnosis.
Mesothelioma doctors typically discuss the following during an initial appointment:
- Details of your diagnosis (type, cell type and stage)
- Prognosis, including life expectancy
- Potential treatment options
- Potential clinical trials
- When treatment will begin and what to expect
Questions to Ask Your Mesothelioma Doctor
Communication between mesothelioma patients and their medical care team is crucial throughout their diagnosis, treatment and after-care journey. Asking questions is a way to build strong communication, while also offering peace of mind to patients and their families.
- What type of mesothelioma cancer have I been diagnosed with?
- Is the cancer localized or has it spread to other organs in the body?
- Have you identified the mesothelioma stage my cancer has progressed to? What does that mean for me?
- Is there a treatment protocol that you can recommend?
- How effective do you believe the treatment will be?
- Are there any risks or side effects associated with these mesothelioma treatment options? If so, how severe are they?
- Given your findings to date what do you believe my prognosis to be?
- Is there a cure for mesothelioma?
- If you believe my cancer is curable, is there a chance that it will come back?
- What kind of recovery times can I expect?
- Are there any clinical trials available for me to participate in given my diagnosis?
- How can I go about seeking a second opinion?
- How can I begin preparing now for any recommended treatment options?
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that not everyone is aware of, so it can be difficult to determine what questions should be asked. Patients should find a medical care team that will communicate with them throughout their treatment journey, and after, to address any concerns as they emerge.
Other Appointment Resources
Treatment typically doesn’t begin during an initial appointment, so patients have time to gather more information and discuss with family members before making final decisions regarding their treatment plan.
Before leaving the cancer center, there are a variety of other staff members that patients and their families can speak with, including nurses, other specialized oncologists, social workers and financial advisors. Nurses and oncologists can offer additional insight into medical questions and concerns that the patient might have after discussing with their mesothelioma doctor. Social workers can provide insight into a variety of resources, such as nearby travel and stay accommodations, spiritual resources and much more. Understanding treatment costs and insurance coverage can also be difficult, and financial advisors can be helpful for patients to establish a financial plan prior to their treatment journey.