Oncologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. While there is no mesothelioma cure, some oncologists have searched for advanced treatments for this disease have made incredible strides in recent years. For patients and family members learning of a mesothelioma diagnosis, finding a doctor and treatment center that you can trust is crucial.
All of the physicians below specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma, and are dedicated to providing the very best in thoracic care to their patients. For more information about leading mesothelioma doctors, please click on your state below.
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
Michael Kashgarian, M.D.Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Pathology Yale Cancer 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
Randall Trowbridge, 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
Stephen M. Levin, M.D.Professor Preventive Medicine Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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
Steven M. Albelda, M.D.Vice Chief and Director, Lung Research, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Penn Medicine/Abramson Cancer Center
David Bartlett, MDVice 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
James Pingpank, MDSurgical Oncologist UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
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
David Ettensohn, M.D.Pulmonary and Critial Care Specialist Hassan Ettensohn Medical Specialists, Ltd.
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
W. Roy Smythe, M.D.Chairman, Department of Surgery Scott & White Healthcare
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
Choosing the Best Mesothelioma Doctor for You
Finding a mesothelioma specialist who can diagnose, treat, and follow up on your needs as a patient is one of the most important things you can do to help improve your chances of surviving this disease. When you have a doctor you can trust, it will help reduce the stress you and your family are feeling at this demanding time in your life.
Because mesothelioma is so rare, many doctors don’t have much experience with this form of cancer. Therefore, it’s important to be engaged and ask questions when choosing your mesothelioma doctor. Taking the time to research your potential doctor and the medical center they are affiliated with is so important to ensure you receive the best care possible and feel comfortable with your medical team through your treatment and after-care.
While choosing a mesothelioma doctor one should consider:
- How long has this doctor been treating mesothelioma patients?
- How recently has this doctor cared for a mesothelioma patient?
- Has this doctor treated the specific type of mesothelioma that I have?
- Is the doctor up to date on the latest mesothelioma research and published studies?
- What is the doctor's specialty (ie. cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, surgical oncology)?
- Is this doctor associated with a dedicated mesothelioma program or a medical school?
- What types of treatment does this doctor usually recommend for mesothelioma?
- Is the doctor willing to try newer treatments that might be more effective for me?
- Can this doctor help find and enroll me in a clinical trial?
- Will the doctor let me try alternative therapies to ease pain and reduce symptoms?
Trust and Communication
- Do I trust this person to make decisions about my care?
- Will he or she consider my concerns and defer to my decisions?
- Can I contact the doctor at any time with questions or concerns?
- What forms of communication are available with the doctor and medical staff?
- 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 office or cancer center where the doctor practices?
- Can I access my medical records online? If so, how?
Top Mesothelioma Doctors By Specialty
Mesothelioma doctors often specialize in treating either pleural or peritoneal meosthelioma.
Top Pleural Mesothelioma Doctors
Important Questions About Mesothelioma to Ask Your Doctor
As you move through the process of diagnosis and treatment, it is important to ensure that you maintain clear communication channels with your health care team. In an effort to assist you in planning for this important communication with your mesothelioma doctors, we have provided a framework below to help you get the information that you will find most helpful at the start of your care. Remember this—every question is important! Here are some questions that you might want to ask your doctor:
- 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?
Asking these questions will provide you with a good start to developing open communications with your provider. It is entirely probable, however, that you will have additional questions of your own. Please think about these in advance and write them down before you get to the doctors office. We hope that you find this framework useful in establishing a good rapport with your cancer care team.