Dr. David J. Sugarbaker – Mesothelioma Doctor – Chief of Thoracic Surgery

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Thoracic Surgery

75 Francis Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.732.6824
Fax: 617.566.3441

Email Address: dsugarbaker@partners.org

Dr. David J. Sugarbaker attended Wheaton College and Cornell University Medical College. He graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1979. Dr. Sugarbaker began his Internship in Surgery in at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital after graduating from Cornell in 1979. He completed his Internship in 1980, and then went on to complete a long list of residencies. He became a Junior Resident in Surgery, also at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, from 1980-1982. Two years later, he became a Senior Resident in Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 1984-1985.

From 1986-1987 Dr. David J. Sugarbaker was a Chief Resident in Thoracic Surgery at Toronto General Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sugarbaker was also Chief Resident in Cardiac Surgery from 1987-1988 at Toronto General Hospital and Resident in Surgery from 1987-1988 at the Hospital For Sick Children, University of Toronto. Dr. Sugarbaker’s academic appointments include: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School (1988-1993); Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School (1993-1999), and Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School (1999-present).

Dr. Sugarbaker was a Research Fellow in Gastroenterology at the Charles A. Dana Research Institute and the Harvard Thorndyke Laboratory, Beth Israel Hospital & Harvard Medical School, from 1982-1984 and an Arthur Tracey Cabot Fellow in Surgery, Assistant to the Chief of Surgery, Chief Resident Surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, from 1985-1986.

Dr. David J. Sugarbaker is board certified in both Surgery (1987) and Thoracic Surgery (1989). His specific interests are in mesothelioma, minimally invasive surgery, general thoracic surgery, esophageal cancer, lung volume reduction surgery, non-small cell lung cancer, and video-assisted thoracic surgery(VATS). While Dr. Sugarbaker’s clinical and laboratory research has focused mainly on malignant pleural mesothelioma, he has been involved in the development of several programs including: The Division of Thoracic Surgery 1988-present; the Brigham Lung Transplant Program; The Thoracic Oncology Program at the DFCI/BWH 1995-present; Surgical Services at the DFCI 1996-present, and the Lung Volume Reduction Program at BWH 1996-present.

With the help of NCI U10 funding and as Chair of the Surgery Committee of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), Dr. Sugarbaker has led the efforts to develop the clinical investigation of the role of surgery in cancer therapy trials.

Dr. Sugarbaker is also currently the Chief of Surgical Services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Executive Vice-Chair in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.