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Raja Flores, MD

Thoracic Surgeon

New York, NY

About Raja Flores

Dr. Raja M. Flores is the Chairman for the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Steven and Ann Ames Professor in Thoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Flores’ is a recognized leader in the field of Thoracic Surgery for his pioneering efforts in the treatment of mesothelioma. He has established VATS lobectomy, a minimally invasive approach using three small incisions, as the gold standard in the surgical treatment of lung cancer. He published two sentinel studies validating its oncological effectiveness by demonstrating equivalent survival and recurrence rates with fewer complications and shorter hospital stays when compared to standard thoracotomy. Dr. Flores implemented the current program for this procedure at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was a lead investigator in a multicenter trial of neoadjuvant alimta/cisplatin, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and high-dose radiation which is designed to improve outcomes. Dr. Flores currently has one of the largest VATS lobectomy experiences in the world. He has published this data and has presented it at numerous national and international meetings. Dr. Flores’ additional research interests are based on numerous past projects relating to the multimodality management of malignant pleural mesothelioma, as well as innovative surgical techniques in minimally invasive thoracic surgery for lung cancer.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amida Care


  • Thoracic Surgeon

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Board certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Education and training

  • Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Columbia University (Master's)
  • New York University (Bachelor's)
  • Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Residency in Surgery
  • Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Awards and publications

  • 2010 Steven and Ann Ames Professorship in Thoracic Surgery.
  • Flores RM, Yip E, Wolf AS, Liang M, Liu Y, Xu DM, Salvatore MM, Wolf AS, Flores RM, Henschke CI. CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Nonsolid Nodules in Baseline and Annual Repeat Rounds. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2015 Sep; 100(3).
  • Yankelevitz EF, Wolf R, Smith JP, Liang M, Liu Y, Xu DM, MM, Wolf S, Flores R, Henschke CI. Frequency of Surgery in Black Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. Radiology 2015; 2015.

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Arabic

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Raja Flores's office locations

Mount Sinai Thoracic Surgery

Ruttenberg Treatment Center

1470 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10029

Mount Sinai Thoracic Surgery

10 Union Square East

10 Union Square East, Suite 2A

New York, NY 10003

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