About Dr. Flores
Dr. Raja Flores is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon and Department Chairman of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai, which was one of the first departments of its kind in the United States.
Mount Sinai is also one of the few hospitals in the United States that specializes in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy for lung cancer, which is one of Dr. Flores’ specialties.
On top of his experience with VATS lobectomy, Dr. Flores was also one of the first physicians anywhere in the world to use robotic surgery to treat lung and esophageal cancer.
In addition to leading the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai, Dr. Flores is also the Steven and Ames Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
As a surgical professor, Dr. Flores strives to impart his knowledge of the surgical procedure and patient care onto the next generation of thoracic and cardiac surgeons. He specifically focuses on teaching them about VATS lobectomy procedures.
Dr. Flores is known for his relatable and personable bedside manner. He approaches patient care from a multidisciplinary approach, which means he uses the knowledge of experts across several disciplines and specialties.
His patients can benefit from the insights of multiple experts, including physicians in the Medical Oncology, Pulmonary Medicine, Radiology, and Interventional Radiology departments.
Believing that no two cases of mesothelioma are the same, Dr. Flores refuses to be shoehorned into the belief that extrapleural pneumonectomy is always better than pleurectomy/decortication or vice versa.
Dr. Flores strives to glean as much information as he can before performing an operation. This will allow him to give the patient the best outcome possible, even if it means waiting until after he has made the first incision to determine which surgery he will perform.