UCLA Medical Center Department of Surgery

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UCLA Department of Surgery
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 957313
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone: 310.206.6691

The UCLA Department of Surgery was founded in 1948 and it is comprised of 10 divisions including: thoracic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, general surgery, head and neck surgery, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, liver and pancreas transplantation, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology. The UCLA Department of Surgery currently has 158 full time faculty, 254 voluntary faculty, more than a dozen fellows, and roughly 147 residents. Each year, more than 300 medical students are trained in didactic courses and on clinical rotations at UCLA.

In addition to lung cancer, the Department of Surgery divisions offer programs in lung, liver, heart, small bowel, renal, pancreas and islet cell transplantation; skull base and brain tumors; children’s epilepsy; central nervous system trauma; solid tumor oncology; sarcomas; design and implantation of custom endoprostheses including vascular prostheses; endorectal pull-through; breast diseases; extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); microsurgery; bone regeneration, and gene therapy and tissue engineering, to name a few.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery was established in July of 1955. Back in 1955, Dr. James V. Maloney became the first Chief of Thoracic Surgery. He served in this position for 21 years. Dr. Maloney became the second Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and served in that position from 1976 to 1981. He became emeritus in 1991, but the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery still relies on Dr. Maloney’s expertise, and it also continues to benefit from his contributions and the foundation he laid along with his colleagues.

In March of 2007, Dr. Richard J. Shemin was recruited to be Professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. A world-renowned surgeon, also recruited to be Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Co-Director of the UCLA Cardiovascular Center at the Ronald Reagan Hospital, Dr. Shemin brings his experiences in Robot Minimally Invasive Valve surgery to UCLA

The thoracic surgeons of The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery are skilled at providing surgical services to cancer patients with all types of diseases of the chest, such as lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema, thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhydrosis, and first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome. The surgeons are also skilled at the surgical removal of benign and malignant tumors, meaning, mesothelioma, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, thymoma and other thymic tumors, sarcoma, and germ cell tumors.

The surgeons of The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery utilize all of the latest technology, such as lasers, bronchial and esophageal stents, and video and computer-assisted (robotic) surgery.

Patient Appointments:

Dr. Robert Cameron – 310.794.7333
Dr. E. Carmack Holmes – 310.206.2105
Dr. Mary Maish – 310.794.7333
Dr. Jay M. Lee – 310.794.7333