• Press Release

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 academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai is a national and international source of unrivaled education, translational research and discovery, and collaborative clinical leadership ensuring that we deliver the highest quality care—from prevention to treatment of the most serious and complex human diseases. The Health System includes more than 7,200 physicians and features a robust and continually expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the country and the Icahn School of Medicine as one of the Top 20 Best Medical Schools in country. Mount Sinai Health System hospitals are consistently ranked regionally by specialty and our physicians in the top 1% of all physicians nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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