Dr. Raja Michael Flores – Mesothelioma Doctor – Attending Thoracic Surgeon

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Thoracic Surgery

1275 York Avenue

Room C-879

New York, New York 10021

Phone: 212.639.2806

Fax: 646.422.2030

Email Address: floresr@mskcc.org

Dr. Raja Michael Flores is an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Dr. Flores received his B.A. in Biochemistry from New York University in 1988. After graduating from New York University, he attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1988, where he received his Medical Degree in 1992. Dr. Flores began his General Surgery Internship in 1992 at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and he completed it in 1993. He spent the next four years, beginning in 1993, working on his General Surgery Residency, also at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He completed his General Surgery Residency in 1997.

Dr. Flores attended Harvard University’s School of Public Health in 1997, (Boston, Massachusetts) where he completed the clinical effectiveness program. Also in 1997 to 1998, Dr. Flores completed his Thoracic Oncology Clinical Research Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Faber Cancer Institute/CALGB in Boston Massachusetts. He focused on Intraoperative Chemotherapy, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and clinical trials. Dr. Flores began his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in 1998 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He successfully completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency two years later — in the year 2000.

Dr. Raja Michael Flores attended Columbia University’s School of Public Health in New York, New York, from 2001-2004. He Received a M.S. in Biostatistics (Clinical Research Methods). Dr. Flores’s interests include: Lung Cancer Screening, Thoracoscopy, VATS Lobectomy, Intraoperative Chemotherapy, Extrapleural Pneumonectomy for mesothelioma, Tracheobronchial Resections, and Esophageal Surgery.

From 2001 to the present, Dr. Flores has been Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cornell University Medical College in New York, New York and Assistant Professor of Cadiothoracic Surgery, also at Cornell University Medical College. He belongs to the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American College of Surgeons, Oncology Group (ACOSOG), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), and the Society of Brigham Surgical Alumni. Administrative committees include: Cornell University Medical College Admissions Committee and the Department of Surgery Protocol Review Committee.

Currently, Dr. Flores is the Principal Investigator on a clinical trial of neoadjuvant gemcitabine and cisplatin followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy and high dose radiation. He is also involved in a trial of neoadjuvant Alimta/cisplatin, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and high dose radiation. He has compiled a database of 1,000 patients in order to research areas of failure, and to research how to improve treatments for mesothelioma. Dr. Flores has recently published the largest series of cases comparing extrapleural pneumonectomy to pleurectomy decortication this month in the journal of thoracic and cariovascular surgery.