Dr. Valerie W. Rusch – Mesothelioma Doctor – Chief, Thoracic Service

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Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, William G. Cahan Chair

1275 York Avenue

New York, New York 10065

Phone: 212.639.5873

Fax: 212.717.3682

Email Address: ruschv@mskcc.org

Dr. Valerie W. Rusch is recognized among her peers for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma. Before becoming Chief, Thoracic Service at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and William G. Cahan Chair, Dr. Rusch collected an impressive combination of degrees, certifications, and fellowships. She received a French Baccalaureate from the Université de Caen in 1968 and a Bachelor of Arts (AB/BA), in Biochemistry from Vassar College in 1971.

Dr. Rusch received her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1975. She completed her Residency in General Surgery at the University of Washington (1975-1980) and her Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery, also at the University of Washington, from 1980-1982. She was a Faculty Associate in Thoracic Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1982-1983. Dr. Rusch completed her Fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Today, Dr. Valerie W. Rusch is Chief, Thoracic Service at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and she is also William G. Cahan Chair.

In addition to treating patients with mesothelioma, Dr. Rusch also specializes in treating patients with several types of cancers including: cancers of the chest wall, the esophagus, the mediastinum, and the lungs. Additionally, Dr. Rusch’s clinical expertise includes: Mediastinal Tumors; Thoracic Surgical Oncology; Pulmonary Metastases; Lung Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; Mesothelioma, and Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery, as well as Pulmonary and Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, including Laser Endoscopy, Tracheobronchial, and Esophageal Stents.

Dr. Rusch has had much success in the areas of research and clinical trials. Her research efforts focus on the genetics of lung cancer and mesothelioma, and on the development of methods to detect thoracic cancers at an early stage. This, in an effort to predict how a patient will respond to specific treatments. Dr. Rusch’s publishing credits include several books and papers, which compare pleural decortication to extrapleural pneumonectomy. She has 221 peer-reviewed journal articles published as well as 39 book chapters and texts. Her book credits include: General Thoracic Surgery (2004, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2006) which she edited along with Dr. Kenneth O’Byrne and Atlas of Procedures in Thoracic Cancer (Coming in June 2009, Taylor & Francis). Dr. Valerie W. Rusch has also been a leader in national clinical trials for the treatment of thoracic cancers.

Dr. Rusch’s committees include: Joint AATS/STS Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy and the Joint Council for Thoracic Surgery Education. Her memberships include: American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTS), the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS), General Thoracic Surgical Club (GTSC), The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), and Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS).