01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

In 1996 Dr. Vallieres came to the United States to work as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. In 1998, he was recognized as the Department of Surgery’s “Teacher of the Year.” After spending eight years at the University of Washington, Dr. Vallieres was appointed Surgical Director at the Swedish Cancer Institute in 2004.

While his specialty focuses on general thoracic surgery, Dr. Vallieres is interested in developing improved treatments for various conditions including pleural diseases and mesothelioma. He is considered an authority and advocate for multimodality therapy for lung cancer patients. Dr. Vallieres has been involved in various clinical trials, including acting as the surgical principal investigator for the Southwest Oncology Group 9900 Intergroup phase III trial that evaluates the role of pre-operative chemotherapy for the management of early stage resectable NSCLC.

As a scholarly author, he has published over 150 articles and abstracts including, articles in scientific and peer-reviewed journals like the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Thoracic surgery, general cardiac/thoracic surgery, lung cancer, epidemiology, mediastinal cyst, bronchoscopy, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), aneurysm, mesothelioma, phototherapy, pleural cancers, pleural effusion, decortication of lung, thoracentesis, lung resection, abdominal cancer and clinical research.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: Royal College Physicians and Surgeons Certification of General Surgery, Royal College Physicians and Surgeons Certification of Thoracic Surgery, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, America’s Top Doctors, Seattle Met Top Doctor Award, Seattle Magazine Top Doc Award, member of the Royal College Physicians and Surgeons Canada, Society Thoracic Surgery, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, ACOSOG, ASCO, IASLC, General Thoracic Surgical Club, SWOG, and the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from Faculty of Medicine Université Laval
  • Residency at the University of Toronto
  • Fellowship with Prof. Louis Couraud, Bordeaux, France
03. Publications


Chronic Traumatic and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias: Presentation and Surgical ManagementCanadian Respiratory Journal. 2002;9(2):135-139. doi: 10.1155/2002/625025

Preoperative chemotherapy in stage III non-small cell lung cancer: long-term outcomeLung Cancer Journal. October 1999;26(1):3-6. doi: 10.1016/S0169-5002(99)00056-2