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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.

01. Choosing a Doctor

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 mesothelioma 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.

Mesothelioma Doctors

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Robert Brian Cameron, M.D.

Chief of General Thoracic Surgery
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David Sugarbaker, MD

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Robert Winter, M.D.

Consultant Respiratory Physician
CB23 3RE,
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Jeanne E. Anderson, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Anchorage, AK
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William E. Curtis, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Anchorage, AK
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Francisco Robert-Vizcarrondo, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Birmingham, AL
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Benjamin Wei, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Birmingham, AL
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Konstantinos Arnaoutakis, M.D.

Medical Hematologist and Oncologist
Little Rock, AR
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Matthew A. Steliga, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Little Rock, AR
Photo of Linda L. Garland, M.D.

Linda L. Garland, M.D.

Director of the Clinical Lung Cancer Program
Tucson, AZ
Photo of Helen J. Ross, M.D.

Helen J. Ross, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Phoenix, AZ
Photo of Nabil Wasif, M.D.

Nabil Wasif, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Phoenix, AZ
Photo of Joel M. Baumgartner, M.D.

Joel M. Baumgartner, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
La Jolla, CA
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Michael Yuechia Chang, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Los Angeles, CA
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W. Charles Conway, II, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Santa Barbara, CA
Photo of Mark R. Cullen, M.D.

Mark R. Cullen, M.D.

Director of the Center for Population Health Sciences
Stanford, CA
Photo of David M. Jablons, M.D.

David M. Jablons, M.D.

Chief of General Thoracic Surgery and Director of the Thoracic Oncology Laboratory
San Francisco, CA
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Thierry Marie Jahan, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
San Francisco, CA
Photo of Mark W. Lischner, M.D.

Mark W. Lischner, M.D.

Pulmonary Specialist
Roseville, CA
Photo of Ravi Salgia, M.D.

Ravi Salgia, M.D.

Medical Oncologist and Associate Director for Clinical Sciences
Duarte, CA
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Steven Ahrendt, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist and Director of the Cytoreductive Surgery/HIPEC Program
Aurora , CO
Photo of D. Ross Camidge, M.D.

D. Ross Camidge, M.D.

Director of Thoracic Oncology
Aurora, CO
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Robert C. Doebele, M.D.

Medical Oncologist and Director of the Thoracic Oncology Research Initiative
Aurora, CO
Photo of John D. Mitchell, M.D.

John D. Mitchell, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Chief of General Thoracic Surgery
Aurora, CO
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W. Thomas Purcell, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Aurora, CO
Photo of Frank C. Detterbeck, M.D.

Frank C. Detterbeck, M.D.

Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Director of Thoracic Oncology
New Haven, CT
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Michael R. Grey, M.D.

Chairman of the Department of Medicine
Hartford, CT
Photo of Carrie A. Redlich, M.D.

Carrie A. Redlich, M.D.

Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program
New Haven, CT
Photo of Giuseppe Giaccone, M.D.

Giuseppe Giaccone, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Washington, DC
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M. Blair Marshall, M.D.

Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery
Washington, DC
Photo of Paul H. Sugarbaker, M.D.

Paul H. Sugarbaker, M.D.

Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncologist
Washington, DC
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Gregory A. Masters, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Newark, DE
Photo of Charles R. Mulligan, Jr., M.D.

Charles R. Mulligan, Jr., M.D.

Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Newark, DE
Photo of Alberto A. Chiappori, M.D.

Alberto A. Chiappori, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Tampa, FL
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Yanyan Lou, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Jacksonville, FL
Photo of Lary A. Robinson, M.D.

Lary A. Robinson, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Tampa, FL
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Tawee Tanvetyanon, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Tampa, FL
Photo of Eric Toloza, M.D.

Eric Toloza, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Tampa, FL
Photo of Nestor R. Villamizar Ortiz, M.D.

Nestor R. Villamizar Ortiz, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon/Thoracic Surgeon
Miami, FL
Photo of Seth D. Force, M.D.

Seth D. Force, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon and Surgical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program
Atlanta, GA
Photo of Daniel L. Miller, M.D.

Daniel L. Miller, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Newnan, GA
Photo of Suresh S. Ramalingam, M.D.

Suresh S. Ramalingam, M.D.

Thoracic Oncologist
Atlanta, GA
Photo of Michele Carbone, M.D.

Michele Carbone, M.D.

Director of Thoracic Oncology
Honolulu, HI
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Haining Yang, M.D.

Honolulu, HI
Photo of Gerald H. Clamon, M.D.

Gerald H. Clamon, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Iowa City, IA
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James M. Levett, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Cedar Rapids, IA
Photo of Timothy E. Sawyer, M.D.

Timothy E. Sawyer, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist
Boise, ID
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Matthew W. Schoolfield, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Boise, ID
Photo of Edward R. Setser, M.D.

Edward R. Setser, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Idaho Falls, ID
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Samuel Armato, M.D.

Chicago, IL
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Philip D. Bonomi, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Chicago, IL
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Traves D. Crabtree, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Springfield, IL
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Hedy Lee Kindler, M.D.

Director of the Mesothelioma Program
Chicago, IL
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Muaiaid Kittaneh, M.D.

Orland Park, IL
Photo of Michael J. Liptay, M.D.

Michael J. Liptay, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Chicago, IL
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Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Maywood, IL
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Anita F. Conte, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Columbus, IN
Photo of Michael T. Slaughter, M.D.

Michael T. Slaughter, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Indianapolis, IN
Photo of Ali Ahmad, M.D.

Ali Ahmad, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Wichita, KS
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Chao Huang, M.D.

Director of the Lung Program
Kansas City, KS
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Prakash Neupane, M.D.

Medical Hematologist/Oncologist
Westwood, KS
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Victor H. van Berkel, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Louisville, KY
Photo of Goetz H. Kloecker, M.D.

Goetz H. Kloecker, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Louisville, KY
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Timothy W. Mullett, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Lexington, KY
Photo of Brian L. Pettiford, M.D.

Brian L. Pettiford, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
New Orleans, LA
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Robert Ramirez, D.O.

Medical Oncologist
New Orleans, LA
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Raphael Bueno, M.D.

Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Director of the International Mesothelioma Program
Boston, MA
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Pasi A. Janne, M.D.

Director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology
Boston, MA
Photo of Michael S. Kent, M.D.

Michael S. Kent, M.D.

Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
Photo of Richard L. Kradin, M.D.

Richard L. Kradin, M.D.

Associate Pathologist
Boston, MA
Photo of David J. Kwiatkowski, M.D.

David J. Kwiatkowski, M.D.

Senior Physician
Boston, MA
Photo of Scott J. Swanson, M.D.

Scott J. Swanson, M.D.

Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Boston, MA
Photo of Julie Renee Brahmer, M.D.

Julie Renee Brahmer, M.D.

Medical Oncologist and Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program
Baltimore, MD
Photo of Patrick Forde, M.D.

Patrick Forde, M.D.

Director of the Thoracic Cancer Clinical Research Program
Baltimore, MD
Photo of Joseph S. Friedberg, M.D.

Joseph S. Friedberg, M.D.

Head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Program Director of Pleural Mesothelioma
Baltimore, MD
Photo of Raffit Hassan, M.D.

Raffit Hassan, M.D.

Chief of the Thoracic and GI Malignancies Branch and Senior Investigator
Bethesda, MD
Photo of Petr F. Hausner, M.D.

Petr F. Hausner, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Baltimore, MD
Photo of Stephen C. Yang, M.D.

Stephen C. Yang, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Baltimore, MD
Photo of Seth D. Blank, M.D.

Seth D. Blank, M.D.

Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgeon
Augusta, ME
Photo of Gary M. Hochheiser, M.D.

Gary M. Hochheiser, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Scarborough, ME
Photo of Shirish M. Gadgeel, M.D.

Shirish M. Gadgeel, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Ann Arbor, MI
Photo of Gregory P. Kalemkerian, M.D.

Gregory P. Kalemkerian, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Ann Arbor, MI
Photo of Ayman Soubani, M.D.

Ayman Soubani, M.D.

Thoracic Oncologist
Detroit, MI
Photo of Elliot Wakeam, M.D.

Elliot Wakeam, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Ann Arbor, MI
Photo of Robert Kratzke, M.D.

Robert Kratzke, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Minneapolis, MN
Photo of Aaron S. Mansfield, M.D.

Aaron S. Mansfield, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Rochester, MN
Photo of Tobias Peikert, M.D.

Tobias Peikert, M.D.

Critical Care Specialist and Pulmonologist
Rochester, MN
Photo of Ramaswamy Govindan, M.D.

Ramaswamy Govindan, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Saint Louis, MO
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Alexander Patterson, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Saint Louis, MO
Photo of Pierre E. De Delva, M.D.

Pierre E. De Delva, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Jackson, MS
Photo of John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D.

John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D.

Medical Oncologist and Director
Jackson, MS
Photo of John A. Federico, M.D.

John A. Federico, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Kalispell, MT
Photo of John M. Schallenkamp, M.D.

John M. Schallenkamp, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Oncology
Billings, MT
Photo of David H. Harpole, M.D.

David H. Harpole, M.D.

Professor of Surgery and Pathology
Durham, NC
Photo of Edward A. Levine, M.D.

Edward A. Levine, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Winston-Salem, NC
Photo of Jill Ohar, M.D.

Jill Ohar, M.D.

Winston-Salem, NC
Photo of Preston Steen, M.D.

Preston Steen, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist/Palliative Medicine Specialist
Fargo, ND
Photo of Daniel M. Tuvin, M.D.

Daniel M. Tuvin, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Fargo, ND
Photo of Jason M. Foster, M.D.

Jason M. Foster, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Omaha, NE
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Rudy P. Lackner, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Omaha, NE
Photo of Brian W. Loggie, M.D.

Brian W. Loggie, M.D.

Chief of Division of Surgical Oncology & Director of the Cancer Center at Creighton University Medical Center
Omaha, NE
Photo of Shahriyour Andaz, M.D.

Shahriyour Andaz, M.D.

Director of Thoracic Oncology
Lynbrook, New York
Photo of Konstantin H. Dragnev, M.D.

Konstantin H. Dragnev, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Lebanon, NH
Photo of David J. Finley, M.D.

David J. Finley, M.D.

Director of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program
Lebanon, NH
Photo of H. Richard Alexander, Jr., M.D.

H. Richard Alexander, Jr., M.D.

Chief Surgical Officer
New Brunswick, NJ
Photo of Bruce G. Haffty, M.D.

Bruce G. Haffty, M.D.

Chief of Staff and Chair of Radiation Oncology
New Brunswick, NJ
Photo of Jyoti Malhotra, M.D.

Jyoti Malhotra, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
New Brunswick, NJ
Photo of Charles Dietl, M.D.

Charles Dietl, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Albuquerque, NM
Photo of Jess D. Schwartz, M.D.

Jess D. Schwartz, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Albuquerque, NM
Photo of Fadi Braiteh, M.D.

Fadi Braiteh, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Las Vegas, NV
Photo of Nicholas J. Vogelzang, M.D.

Nicholas J. Vogelzang, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Las Vegas, NV
Photo of John D. Allendorf, M.D.

John D. Allendorf, M.D.

Chief of Surgical Oncology
Mineola, NY
Photo of Robert J. Cerfolio, M.D.

Robert J. Cerfolio, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon & Director of Clinical Thoracic Surgery and Director of NYU Langone Lung Cancer Center
New York, NY
Photo of John A. Chabot, M.D.

John A. Chabot, M.D.

Chief of the Division of GI & Endocrine Surgery and Executive Director of the Pancreas Center
New York, NY
Photo of Cliff P. Connery, M.D.

Cliff P. Connery, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Poughkeepsie, NY
Photo of Raja M. Flores, M.D.

Raja M. Flores, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery
New York, NY
Photo of Harvey Pass, M.D.

Harvey Pass, M.D.

Director of General Thoracic Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Oncology
New York, NY
Photo of Roman Perez-Soler, M.D.

Roman Perez-Soler, M.D.

Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology
Bronx, NY
Photo of Stephen C. Rush, M.D.

Stephen C. Rush, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist
New York, NY
Photo of Umut Sarpel, M.D.

Umut Sarpel, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
New York, NY
Photo of Daniel H. Sterman, M.D.

Daniel H. Sterman, M.D.

Director of Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Oncology Program
New York, NY
Photo of Emanuela Taioli, M.D.

Emanuela Taioli, M.D.

Director of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology and the Center for the Study of Thoracic Diseases Outcomes
New York, NY
Photo of Tracey L. Weigel, M.D.

Tracey L. Weigel, M.D.

Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Valhalla, NY
Photo of Andrea S. Wolf, M.D.

Andrea S. Wolf, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
New York, NY
Photo of Sai Yendamuri, M.D.

Sai Yendamuri, M.D.

Director of the Thoracic Surgery Laboratory
Buffalo, NY
Photo of David P. Carbone, M.D.

David P. Carbone, M.D.

Medical Oncologist and Director of the James Thoracic Center
Columbus, OH
Photo of Edmund Folefac, M.D.

Edmund Folefac, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Columbus, OH
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Feng-Ming Spring Kong, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist
Cleveland, OH
Photo of Nathan Pennell, M.D., Ph.D.

Nathan Pennell, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Oncologist and Director of the TCI Lung Cancer Medical Oncology Program
Cleveland, OH
Photo of James Stevenson, M.D.

James Stevenson, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Cleveland, OH
Photo of Claire Verschraegen, M.D.

Claire Verschraegen, M.D.

Medical Oncologist and Associate Director of Translational Research
Columbus, OH
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Peter Baik, M.D.

Director of Thoracic Surgery
Tulsa, OK
Photo of Daniel Nader, M.D.

Daniel Nader, M.D.

Pulmonologist and Chief of Staff
Tulsa, OK
Photo of Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, M.D.

Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Tulsa, OK
Photo of Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D.

Rachel E. Sanborn, M.D.

Medical Oncologist and Co-Director of the Providence Thoracic Oncology Program
Portland, OR
Photo of Paul H. Schipper, M.D.

Paul H. Schipper, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Portland, OR
Photo of Steven M. Albelda, M.D.

Steven M. Albelda, M.D.

Vice Chief and Director of Lung Research, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Photo of David Bartlett, M.D.

David Bartlett, M.D.

Director of Multidisciplinary Disease Site Clinical and Research Programs for UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Photo of Neil A. Christie, M.D.

Neil A. Christie, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Pittsburgh, PA
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Joel D. Cooper, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Philadelphia, PA
Photo of Cherie P. Erkmen, M.D.

Cherie P. Erkmen, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon and Director of Lung Cancer Screening Program
Philadelphia, PA
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Larry R. Kaiser, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon and President & CEO of Temple University Heath System
Philadelphia, PA
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Dr. Giorgos C. Karakousis, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
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Rodney J. Landreneau, M.D.

Director of Thoracic Surgery
Altoona, PA
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James D. Luketich, M.D.

Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology and Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Photo of James Pingpank, M.D.

James Pingpank, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Pittsburgh, PA
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Sunil Singhal, M.D.

Director of the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory
Philadelphia, PA
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Antoinette Wozniak

Thoracic Medical Oncologist
Pittsburgh, PA
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Jack A. Elias, M.D.

Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences & Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Providence, RI
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John Pella, M.D.

Cranston, RI
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Sundaresan T. Sambandam, M.D.

Cranston, RI
Photo of Anthony Testa, M.D.

Anthony Testa, M.D.

Hematologist & Oncologist
Johnston, RI
Photo of Alice Boylan, M.D.

Alice Boylan, M.D.

Chief of Acute, Critical, and Trauma
Charleston, SC
Photo of Chadrick E. Denlinger, M.D.

Chadrick E. Denlinger, M.D.

Surgical Director of the Lung Transplant Program
Charleston, SC
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Carol A Sherman, M.D.

Thoracic Medical Oncologist
Charleston, SC
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Ashraf A. Elshami, M.D.

Sioux Falls, SD
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Michael Keppen, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist and Director of the Sanford Lung Tumor Program
Sioux Falls, SD
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Eric S. Lambright, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon and Surgical Director of Lung Transplant
Nashville, TN
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Bryan Burt, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon/Thoracic Surgical Oncologist and Director of General Thoracic Surgery Research
Houston, TX
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Shawn S. Groth, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon and Director of Esophageal Surgical Services
Houston, TX
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Kemp Kernstine, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery
Dallas, TX
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Cesar A. Moran, M.D.

Co-Director of Thoracic Malignancies Tissue Bank and Co-Director of (Pathology) Lung Cancer SPORE
Houston, TX
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Kanwal Raghav, M.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology
Houston, TX
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David C. Rice, M.D.

Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston, TX
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Robert Taylor Ripley, M.D.

Director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center
Houston, TX
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Anne S. Tsao, M.D.

Director of the Department of Mesothelioma Program
Houston, TX
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Anna Chalmers, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Salt Lake City, UT
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Shiven B. Patel, M.D.

Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Salt Lake City, UT
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Ryan Gentzler, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Charlottesville, VA
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Christine L. Lau, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Charlottesville, VA
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Steven Ades, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Burlington, VT
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Christopher J. Anker, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist
Burlington, VT
Photo of Brooke Mossman, M.D.

Brooke Mossman, M.D.

University Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Burlington, VT
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David Johnstone, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Milwaukee, WI
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H. Ian Robins, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Madison, WI
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Nepal C. Chowdhury, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Huntington, WV
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Rebecca S. Wolfer, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon
Huntington, WV
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Joseph Rosen, M.D.

Medical Oncologist
Casper, WY
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Robert L. Tobin, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist
Casper, WY

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 experience treating my specific type of mesothelioma?
  • Is the doctor up-to-date on the latest mesothelioma research?
  • 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?

Treatment Options
  • 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?
Practical Concerns
  • 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?
02. Top Doctors by Type

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.

03. Initial Appointments

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.

Questions to Ask Your Mesothelioma 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?

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.

04. Common Questions

Common Questions About Mesothelioma Doctors

What is the importance of seeing a mesothelioma doctor?

Mesothelioma doctors have experience diagnosing and treating the disease. These specialists typically also have a better understanding of what clinical trials are available.

Should you seek a second opinion from a mesothelioma doctor?

Mesothelioma patients should always seek help from a mesothelioma doctor to ensure an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. It may be beneficial for patients to seek a second opinion from a specialist experienced in treating their particular type of mesothelioma.

What is a thoracic oncologist?

A thoracic oncologist is a doctor experienced in diagnosing and treating lung cancers. Thoracic oncologists are most likely to have experience treating pleural mesothelioma.
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Linda Molinari Editor in Chief

Linda Molinari has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and advocate for mesothelioma patients and a ban on asbestos.

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Annette Charlevois Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois is a senior paralegal at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, helping patients find medical and legal resources.

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