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01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Alexander Farivar specializes in pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer that strikes the pleura, or the lining of the chest wall. He performs surgeries on the lungs, chest wall and esophagus, and often utilizes several cutting-edge surgery techniques. These include “robot-assisted surgery,” surgery that pairs a surgeon with robotic technology, usually for early-stage cancer surgeries, and “video-assisted thoracic surgery,” a technique that accesses the lung through small incisions with the aid of a tiny video camera.

Dr. Farivar’s time in medical school had a large impact on his interest in mesothelioma and improving treatments. He completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. This fellowship made a profound impact on Dr. Farivar’s passion for treating patients with mesothelioma. “My experience in training in mesothelioma surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, arguably the biggest international center treating mesothelioma, has shown me that people can survive for years after aggressive treatment including surgery,” Dr. Farivar writes. “I know we can help patients with mesothelioma feel and breathe better, and enjoy their remaining years.”

In addition to his work with mesothelioma, Dr. Farivar also treats chest wall tumors, esophageal cancer, achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and other disorders affecting the chest and esophagus.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: General surgery, pleural and lung cancers and robotic surgery.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

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03. Publications


Laparoscopic repair of gastric herniation after extrapleural pneumonectomy for mesotheliomaThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery. May 2012;93(5):e127-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.12.022

Extrapleural pneumonectomy for primary pleural mullerian tumor in a young womanThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery. January 2012;93(1):e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.06.096

Crosstalk between Thrombosis and Inflammation in Lung Reperfusion SurgeryBayer Research Scientific Committee.March 2006;81(3):1061-1067. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2005.09.047

Resection of substernal goiterAdult Chest Surgery. 2009;chapter 133:1108-15.