World renowned surgeon in lung cancer, esophageal cancer and mesothelioma treatment, Dr. David Sugarbaker, has joined Baylor College of Medicine as professor of surgery and the inaugural chief of the new division of general thoracic surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.
Sugarbaker, who started seeing patients July 15th at the Baylor Clinic and will conduct surgeries at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health, will add this new role to the one that BioNews Texas announced back in March. In addition to his surgical role, he will serve as director of a new comprehensive lung disease center at Baylor College of Medicine, the Lung Institute, a multi-specialty center focused on lung disease, including asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, cancer and others.
Recognized for the development of new surgical techniques in lung cancer and esophageal cancer treatment and one of the world’s leading experts on pleural mesothelioma, Sugarbaker comes to Baylor from Boston, where he served as professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At BCM, he will direct an international mesothelioma clinical and research program, focusing on more effective treatments for the disease.
While at Baylor, his goal will be to use clinical and translational research, including state-of-the-art genomic research, and to offer new treatments to patients as soon as possible, he said in a press release, recognizing Baylor’s uniqueness in offering the opportunity to integrate patient care and a strong surgical program.
As for the Lung Institute, he intends to develop a comprehensive program across departments and disciplines, with all of the College’s missions a part of the effort.
A graduate from Wheaton College and Cornell University Medical School, Sugarbaker completed a residency in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and cardiothoracic training at the Toronto General Hospital, where he served as chief resident in both thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery. He is also the most recent past president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the premier professional society for cardiothoracic surgeons in the world.