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Mount Sinai’s Raja M. Flores, MD, Is Honored by the NYPD

One of 13 physicians appointed as a member of the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons of the City of New York

  • New York, NY
  • (October 23, 2017)

Raja M. Flores, MD, Chairman for the Department of Thoracic Surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System, was one of 13 physicians appointed this past month as a member of the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons of the City of New York (NYPD) by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.

The members of the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons are physicians who display outstanding expertise in a specific medical specialty. The selection process for new members of the Society is extremely rigorous and nominees go through an extensive review process. When service members or their immediate family members are injured, the NYPD calls upon the closest and most appropriate Honorary Surgeon to tend to the patient upon his or her arrival at a medical facility.

“It is truly a privilege to serve the members of the NYPD who serve us and put their lives on the line every day,” said Dr. Flores, who is also the Steven and Ann Ames Professor in Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of the Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program at The Tisch Cancer Institute.

Dr. Flores is a world-renowned leader in the field of thoracic surgery for his pioneering efforts in the treatment of mesothelioma. He has established VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy, a minimally invasive approach using three small incisions, as the gold standard in the surgical treatment of lung cancer. Dr. Flores currently has one of the largest VATS lobectomy experiences in the world. In addition, he is highly regarded for his abilities in performing esophagectomies for esophageal cancer.

Dr. Flores attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1992. He then spent five years at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center pursuing his general surgery internship and residency. He then completed a thoracic oncology clinical research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute/CALGB in Boston, and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He also received a Master’s in Biostatistics from Columbia University.  Dr. Flores is a member of numerous medical and surgical societies and serves on several editorial boards.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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