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Thoracic Oncology

If you’ve been diagnosed with a cancer of the chest, it’s important to be evaluated by experts that focus on these cancers before beginning treatment.  We can help.

Karmanos’ Thoracic Oncology Specialists

Our Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team includes cardiothoracic surgeons, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, and genetic counselors. The team is entirely focused on treating cancers of the chest and shares its collective expertise to create a customized treatment plan for each patient.

Cancers and conditions treated include:
Our team of thoracic oncology are among the best in the world. Team members are national leaders in chest malignancies and recognized experts in the treatment of thoracic cancers among national cooperative groups. The team has been involved in the development of recently approved novel drugs for the treatment of chest cancers and continues to be involved in clinical trials evaluating novel drugs.

In addition, our team devotes time to research investigations including screening and early detection of lung cancer and mesothelioma, detection and treatment intervention in precancerous cells from the sputum of smokers, combined treatments for locally advanced cancers of the chest, clinical trials of combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy, radiation therapy approaches such as intensive modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), gamma knife radiation therapy for brain metastases and studies of novel targeted drugs. They also collaborate  with our Phase I Clinical Trials Program.

Evaluation & Diagnosis

Each patient receives personal attention from the Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team. During your initial visit, all the physicians of the team necessary for your case will review your medical records and medical history,  x-rays and pathology slides. The team meets regularly to discuss patient care issues and refine individual patient treatment plans. 

Innovative, Individualized Care

Our team devotes time to research investigations to improve treatment options and early prevention measures for individuals with thoracic malignancies. 

Here’s what patients can expect from our Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team:
  • A passionate, caring, expert team of doctors whose only focus is chest cancers, giving you the best chance of success.
  • A collaborative approach that considers all available treatment options, including latest surgical and clinical trials, for your specific type of cancer.
  • A carefully constructed treatment plan designed to achieve the best possible outcome.
  • Respectful, compassionate care that is responsive to your emotional needs and lifestyle.
  • Proactive, timely communication with you and your loved ones, and your personal physician.

Meet Our Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team

Team Leader
Shirish Gadgeel, M.D., Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology
Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D.
Ammar Sukari, M.D.
Antoinette Wozniak, M.D.

Radiation Oncology
Neha Pradip Amin, M.D.
Andre Konski, M.D.
Steven Miller, M.D.

Radiology
Peter Littrup, M.D.
Garrett Walworth, M.D.

Surgical Oncology
Miguel Alvelo-Rivera, M.D.
Frank Baciewicz, Jr., M.D.
Mohammed Jahania, M.D.

Pathology
Fulvio Lonardo, MD

Pulmonary Medicine
Ayman Soubani, M.D.
Tahuanty Anibal Pena, M.D., M.S.

Family & Occupational Medicine
Michael Harbut, M.D.

Appointment Information 

To schedule an appointment with the Karmanos Thoracic Oncology Team, call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266) or request an appointment online.


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