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Raja Flores

  • PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR Thoracic Surgery
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Specialty

Certifications

  • Thoracic Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery

Education

  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • BA, New York University

  • MS, Columbia University

  • Residency, Surgery
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

  • Residency, Cardiothoracic Surg
    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Biography

    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. He has led a number of major studies, including clinical trials of neoadjuvant gemcitabine and cisplatin followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy and high dose radiation. Presently, he has received a $395,000 subaward grant from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biomedical Informatics.  Dr. Flores represents Mount Sinai Medical Center's efforts and, along with his group, contributes to the National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank which provides a wide array of well-categorized, searchable biospecimens to investigate the disease process of mesothelioma and potential therapeutic targets.  Dr. Flores is the Principle Investigator of the Libby Epidemiology Research Program, a $4.8 million RO1 grant funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  The major goals of the research are to address questions regarding the health consequences of asbestos exposure (Libby Amphibole).

    After earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from New York University, 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 General Surgery Residency. He then completed a Thoracic Oncology Clinical Research Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Faber Cancer Institute/CALGB in Boston, and his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He also received a Masters in Biostatistics from Columbia University.  Dr. Flores is a member of numerous medical and surgical societies and serves on several editorial boards. 





    In the News
    Dr. Flores discusses mesothelioma in the NY Daily News feature, The Daily Checkup. View the PDF

    Curriculum Vitae

Awards

  • 2010 -
    Steven and  Ann Ames Professorship in Thoracic Surgery

Publications

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.

Flores RM, Yip R, Boffetta P, Markowitz S, Miller A, Hanaoka T, Wu N, Zulueta JJ, Yankelevitz DF. The mesothelioma enigma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2015 Jun; 149(6).

Taioli E, Wolf AS, Moline JM, Camacho-Rivera M, Flores AM, Hanaoka T, Wu N, Zulueta JJ, Yankelevitz DF. Frequency of Surgery in Black Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2015; 2015.

Henschke RI, Yip R, Boffetta P, Markowitz S, Miller A, Hanaoka T, Wu N, Zulueta JJ, Yankelevitz DF. Does video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) lobectomy really result in fewer complications than thoracotomy? The biases are clear, the role of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery less so. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2015 Feb; 149(2).

Taioli CI, Yip R, Boffetta R, S, Miller A, Hanaoka T, Wu , Zulueta JJ, DF. CT screening for lung cancer: Importance of emphysema for never smokers and smokers. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2015 Apr; 88(1).

Taioli E, Wolf AS, Flores RM. Meta-analysis of survival after pleurectomy decortication versus extrapleural pneumonectomy in mesothelioma. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2015 Feb; 99(2).

Flores RM, Flores RM. Advanced lung cancer: radical surgical therapy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2015 Jan; 149(1).

Wolf AS, Flores RM, Flores RM, Bauer TL. Extrapleural pneumonectomy for pleural malignancies. Thoracic surgery clinics 2014 Nov; 24(4).

Flores RM, Flores RM, Flores RM, Bauer TL. Advanced lung cancer: radical surgical therapy. Thoracic surgery clinics 2014 Nov; 24(4).

Lee DS, Swanson RM, Flores RM, Bauer TL, Henschke CI. Superior vena caval resection in lung cancer. Thoracic surgery clinics 2014 Nov; 24(2).

Marshall MB, Swanson SS, Flores RM, Bauer RL, Henschke CI. Solitary pulmonary nodules. Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2014; 26(4).

Hazzard C, Wolf AS, Beasley MB, Flores RM, Henschke CI. Benign imitation of malignancy: avoiding resection in immunoglobulin g4-related lung disease. AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2014 Oct; 98(4).

Xu RM, Yip R, Smith JP, Boffetta DF, Henschke JP. The impact of the regimen of screening on lung cancer cure: a comparison of I-ELCAP and NLST. AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2014 May; 203(5).

Yip R, Henschke JE, Yankelevitz DM, Wisnivesky P, Smith JP, Flores RM. The impact of the regimen of screening on lung cancer cure: a comparison of I-ELCAP and NLST. European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP) 2015 Dec; 24(3).

Taioli S, Gomez JE, Flores MM, Wisnivesky JM, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Flores RM. Prognostic significance of visceral pleural involvement in early-stage lung cancer. Chest 2014 Dec; 146(6).

Black E, Wolf AS, Camacho-Rivera M, Flores RM, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Flores RM, Szeinuk J, Flores R. Women with malignant pleural mesothelioma have a threefold better survival rate than men. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2014 Sep; 98(3).

Black B, Szeinuk J, Landguth AC, Levin TM, Henschke CI, Pfau DF, Flores RM, Szeinuk J, Flores R. Rapid progression of pleural disease due to exposure to Libby amphibole: . American journal of industrial medicine 2014 Nov; 57(6).

Flores CM, Conway K, Landguth EL, McNew T, Linker L, Pfau J, Black B, Szeinuk J, Flores R. Invited commentary. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology 2014 Jun; 25(6).

Noonan CW, Conway R, Landguth EL, McNew TB, Linker L, Pfau A, Lee B, Szeinuk J, Flores R. Multiple pathway asbestos exposure assessment for a Superfund community. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology 2015 Jan; 25(1).

Dembitzer FY, Flores RM, Parides MK, Breglio MB, Wisnivesky JP, Kaufman A, Lee DS, Flores RM. Impact of histologic subtyping on outcome in lobar vs sublobar resections for lung cancer: a pilot study. Chest 2014 Jul; 146(1).

Lim JY, Wolf AS, Flores RM, Breglio A, Wisnivesky JP, Kaufman A, Lee DS, Flores RM, Andaz S, Smith M, Mayfield W, Grannis F, Korst R, Pass H, Straznicka M, Flores R, Henschke CI. The use of surgery in mesothelioma. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine 2013 May; 1(5).

Kent M, Kadakia S, Lim J, Breglio T, Wisnivesky J, Kaufman A, Lee DS, Flores RM, Andaz S, Smith M, Mayfield W, Grannis F, Korst R, Pass H, Straznicka M, Flores R, Henschke CI, Altorki N. Lobe-specific mediastinal nodal dissection is sufficient during lobectomy by video-assisted thoracic surgery or thoracotomy for early-stage lung cancer. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2013 Nov; 144(5).

Altorki N, Wang T, Whyte R, Curran T, Flores R, Gangadharan S, Sheppard B, Thurer R, Andaz S, Smith M, Mayfield W, Grannis F, Korst R, Pass H, Straznicka M, Flores R, Henschke CI, Altorki N. Open, video-assisted thoracic surgery, and robotic lobectomy: review of a national database. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2014 Jan; 97(1).

Flores R, Bauer T, Melamed R, Andaz S, Kohman L, Sheppard F, Mayfield W, Thurer R, Smith M, Korst M, Straznicka M, Grannis FJ, H, Connery C, Yip R, P, Yankelevitz D, Henschke C, Altorki N. Balancing curability and unnecessary surgery in the context of computed tomography screening for lung cancer. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2014 May; 147(5).

Flores NK, Yip T, Hanaoka T, Bauer T, Aye R, Sheppard L, Sheppard B, Thurer R, Andaz S, Smith M, Straznicka W, Grannis F, Korst R, Pass H, Straznicka M, Flores R, Henschke CI, Altorki N. Balancing curability and unnecessary surgery in the context of computed tomography screening for lung cancer. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2014 May; 147(2).

Amin W, Parwani AV, Lee J, Flores R, Pennathur A, Valdivieso F, Whelan RR, Landreneau R, Luketich J, Feldman M, Pass HI, Becich DJ. National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank: A Platform for Collaborative Research and Mesothelioma Biobanking Resource to Support Translational Research. Lung cancer international 2013; 2013.

Thekkek N, Pierce MC, Lee MH, Polydorides R, Flores RM, Anandasabapathy S, Richards-Kortum RR, Krug L, Lang-Lazdunski L, Pass H, Weder W, Sugarbaker DJ. Modular video endoscopy for in vivo cross-polarized and vital-dye fluorescence imaging of Barrett's-associated neoplasia. Journal of biomedical optics 2013 Feb; 18(2).

Taioli V, Lee DS, Lesser M, Flores R, Flores R, Hasegawa S, Klepetko W, Krug L, Lang-Lazdunski L, Pass H, Weder W, Sugarbaker DJ. Long-term survival in video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy vs open lobectomy in lung-cancer patients: a meta-analysis. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery 2013 Oct; 145(4).

Rusch V, Baldini MH, Bueno R, Krug M, Flores R, Hasegawa S, Klepetko W, Krug L, Rusch V, Pass HW, Weder W, Sugarbaker DJ. The role of surgical cytoreduction in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma: meeting summary of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group Congress, September 11-14, 2012, Boston, Mass. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2013 Apr; 145(4).

Amar KE, Zauderer M, Laser W, Krug LM, Yorke E, Park BS, Rimner A, Flores R, Rusch V, Rusch VW. Pleural intensity-modulated radiotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2012 Jul; 83(4).

Watzka D, Zhang H, Shi W, Downey RM, Bains MS, Bernhard BJ, Flores M, Rizk N, HT, Rusch VW. Brain natriuretic peptide and risk of atrial fibrillation after thoracic surgery. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2012 Nov; 144(5).

Watzka SM, Posch F, Chi HI, Flores RM, Hannigan GE, D, Weber M, Mueller R. Serum concentration of integrin-linked kinase in malignant pleural mesothelioma and after asbestos exposure. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery 2013 May; 43(2).

Flores DM, Abu-Rustum NR, Chi DS, Flores R, Lim RC, Guo P, Gorski M, Flores R, Moskowitz CS, Rusch VW, Schwartz LH. Invited commentary. Thoracic surgery clinics 2010 Feb; 89(2).

Abbey AM, Flores R, Krug LM, Ishill NM, Lim RC, Guo P, Gorski M, Flores R, Moskowitz CS, Rusch VW, Schwartz LH. Assessment of therapy responses and prediction of survival in malignant pleural mesothelioma through computer-aided volumetric measurement on computed tomography scans. Annals of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official journal of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia 2010 Jun; 16(1).

Finley DJ, Abu-Rustum RR, Krug DS, Flores R, Lim RC, Guo P, Gorski M, Flores R, Moskowitz CS, Rusch VW, Schwartz LH. Spontaneous resolution of a pericardial cyst. Thoracic surgery clinics 2009 Nov; 19(4).

Liu F, Zhao B, Krug RM, Ishill N, Ihekweazu RC, Guo P, Gorski K, Adusumilli RS, Moskowitz CS, Rusch VW, Schwartz LH, Park B. Assessment of therapy responses and prediction of survival in malignant pleural mesothelioma through computer-aided volumetric measurement on computed tomography scans. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2010 Jun; 5(6).

Ihekweazu UM, Ludwig E, Flores RM, Alago W, Ihekweazu U, Krug L, Rosenzweig K, Adusumilli PS, Carbone M, Pass HI, Sarkaria I, Park B. PillCam in gastric conduit after Ivor Lewis esophagectomy. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2010 Aug; 5(2).

Flores RM, Ihekweazu E, Donington J, Alago W, Bains M, Krug L, Rosenzweig K, Adusumilli DS, Carbone M, Rusch HI, Sarkaria I, Park B. Frequency of use and predictors of cancer-directed surgery in the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma in a community-based (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results [SEER]) population. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2010 Oct; 141(10).

Flores R, Ihekweazu UN, Rizk N, Dycoco J, Bains MS, R, Adusumilli P, Finley DJ, Huang , Rusch VW, Sarkaria I, Park B. Patterns of recurrence and incidence of second primary tumors after lobectomy by means of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) versus thoracotomy for lung cancer. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2011 Nov; 141(1).

Garland L, Flores R, Travis AD, Flores RM. Individualizing mesothelioma treatment: small steps into a brighter future. Clinical lung cancer 2010 Nov; 11(6).

Rai AJ, Flores RM, Travis WD, Flores RM, Bott M, Ladanyi M, Rusch V, Fleisher M. Association of malignant mesothelioma and asbestos related conditions with ovarian cancer: shared biomarkers and a possible etiological link?. Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine : CCLM / FESCC 2011 Jan; 49(1).

Flores RM, DeLair D, Travis WD, Flores RM, Bott M, Ladanyi M, Rusch V, Fleisher M. Reply to difference in outcome in the transection of the pulmonary artery and vein. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2011 Feb; 141.

Sarkaria AS, DeLair D, Travis WD, Flores R, Bott M, Ladanyi M, Rusch V, Fleisher M, Rusch VW. Primary myoepithelial carcinoma of the lung: a rare entity treated with parenchymal sparing resection. Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine : CCLM / FESCC 2011; 6(2).

Kaufman AJ, Flores RM, Sood S, Sima CS, Reuter VE, Flores RM, Motzer RJ, Bosl GJ, Rusch VW, Sarkaria I, Huang J, Park B. Resection of primary mediastinal non-seminomatous germ cell tumors: a 28-year experience at memorial sloan-kettering cancer center. Current treatment options in oncology 2011 Jul; 6(2).

Rai AJ, Flores RM, Mathew A, Gonzalez-Espinoza R, Reuter V, Ladanyi MM, Rusch V, Fleisher M, Rusch VW, Sarkaria I, Huang J, Park B. Soluble mesothelin related peptides (SMRP) and osteopontin as protein biomarkers for malignant mesothelioma: analytical validation of ELISA based assays and characterization at mRNA and protein levels. Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine : CCLM / FESCC 2010 Feb; 48(2).

Sarkaria IS, Ihekweazu MS, Sood J, Sima CS, Reuter VW, Flores RM, Downey RJ, Bosl GJ, Rusch VW, Sarkaria I, Huang J, Park B. Resection of primary mediastinal non-seminomatous germ cell tumors: a 28-year experience at memorial sloan-kettering cancer center. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2011 Dec; 142(7).

Flores RM, Ihekweazu U, Dycoco J, Rizk NP, Rusch VW, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Finley D, Adusumilli P, Flores I, Huang J, Park B. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy: catastrophic intraoperative complications. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2011 Dec; 136(6).

Deng G, Rusch V, Vickers A, Flores VM, Ginex P, Downey R, Flores M, Park JS, Rizk N, Flores R, Yeung S, Vogelzang N, Rusch VW, Downey R. Randomized controlled trial of a special acupuncture technique for pain after thoracotomy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2008 Dec; 136(6).

Garcia A, Byrne JG, Rusch R, Flores RM, Sugarbaker DJ, Rosenzweig KE, Flores R, Friedberg JS, Pisters K, Monberg M, Obasaju CK, Vogelzang NJ, Rusch VW, Downey R. Aneurysm of the main pulmonary artery. Annals of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official journal of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia 2008 Dec; 14(6).

Krug LM, Pass RI, Rusch VW, Kindler H, Sugarbaker DJ, Rosenzweig RE, Flores R, Bains JS, Pisters K, Monberg T, Harpole CK, Vogelzang NJ, Rusch VW, Downey R. Multicenter phase II trial of neoadjuvant pemetrexed plus cisplatin followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy and radiation for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2009 Jun; 27(18).

Onaitis MM, Petersen RP, Haney JC, Saltz L, Hirth B, Flores RP, Rizk N, Bains MS, Dycoco J, D'Amico TA, Harpole , Kemeny N, VW, Downey R. Prognostic factors for recurrence after pulmonary resection of colorectal cancer metastases. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Jun; 87(6).

Flores RM, Park BJ, Dycoco JD, Aronova A, Park Y, Rizk NP, Bains J, Downey RM, Rusch VW, Rusch VW. Lobectomy by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) versus thoracotomy for lung cancer. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2009 Jul; 138(1).

Huang U, Travis NP, Travis WD, Riely GJ, Park B, Bains MS, Dycoco J, Flores M, Downey RJ, V. Comparison of patterns of relapse in thymic carcinoma and thymoma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2009 Jul; 138(1).

Flores RM, Krug LM, Laser B, Hudka K, Flores R, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Leitao MM, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Surgical options in malignant pleural mesothelioma: extrapleural pneumonectomy or pleurectomy/decortication. Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2009; 4(2).

Ihekweazu UN, Travis WM, Flores RM, Hudka K, Flores R, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Leitao MM, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Is pneumonectomy mandatory after transection of the left main pulmonary artery?. Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2010 Jul; 140(1).

Gupta VP, Krug LM, Laser Y, Downey K, Flores R, Rusch VM, Rosenzweig KE, Leitao MM, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) evaluation of pleural effusions in patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian carcinoma can influence the primary management choice for these patients. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2009 Mar; 4(6).

Diaz JP, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda YM, Flores RJ, Park BJ, Flores RM, Chang , Leitao M, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) evaluation of pleural effusions in patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian carcinoma can influence the primary management choice for these patients. Gynecologic oncology 2010 Mar; 116(3).

Blasberg RM, Pass HI, Goparaju CM, Flores RM, Lee S, Donington JS, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW, Park BJ. Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy: focus on technique. World journal of surgery 2010 Apr; 34(4).

Blasberg BD, Flores HI, Goparaju CM, Flores RM, Seshan V, Donington JS, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW, Park BJ. Reduction of elevated plasma osteopontin levels with resection of non-small-cell lung cancer. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2010 Feb; 28(6).

Park BJ, Flores AM, Travis W, Zhou Q, Seshan VE, Bains MS, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW, Park BJ. Predictors of outcomes after surgical treatment of synchronous primary lung cancers. Thoracic surgery clinics 2010 Feb; 18(3).

Finley DJ, Fernandez A, Travis RM, Zhou Q, Seshan VE, Bains MS, Lee R, Rizk N, Rusch VW, Park VJ. Predictors of outcomes after surgical treatment of synchronous primary lung cancers. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2007 Feb; 5(2).

Wartmann CT, Fernandez D, Flores RM, Krug L, Rosenzweig K, Dycoco J, Lee C, Yeoh C, Bains M, Rusch V. Fibroepithelial polyps: preoperative diagnosis may avoid thoracotomy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2007 Oct; 134(4).

Alam N, Flores RM, Travis WD, Seshan VE, Bains MS, Dycoco J, Downey RJ, Flores RM, Park BJ, Rusch VW. Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy: the evidence base. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2007; 134(6).

Flores RM, Zakowski M, Venkatraman E, Seshan V, Rosenzweig K, Dycoco J, Downey C, Yeoh R, Bains M, Rusch V. Prognostic factors in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma at a large tertiary referral center. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Oct; 2(10).

Cattaneo J, Rizk BP, Travis WD, Seshan VE, Bains MS, Dycoco R, Downey RJ, Flores RM, Rusch VJ, Rusch V. Feasibility of multimodality therapy including extended resections in stage IVA thymoma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2007 Dec; 85(6).

Flores SM, Park B, Wilton AS, Seshan VE, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores RS, Rizk N, VW. Video-assisted thoracic surgery lobectomy (VATS), open thoracotomy, and the robot for lung cancer. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2008 Jan; 85(1).

Flores RM, Alam N, Seshan VE, Dycoco J, Zakowski M, Carbone M, Bains MS, Rusch VW, Bains M, Rizk N, Dominguez G, Jani J, Berwick M, Begg CB, Kris MG, Rusch VW. Extrapleural pneumonectomy versus pleurectomy/decortication in the surgical management of malignant pleural mesothelioma: results in 663 patients. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2008 Mar; 85(2).

Flores R, Pass HI, Mujumdar VE, Dycoco H, Zakowski M, Carbone MA, Bains MS, Rusch VW, Bains M, Rizk N, Dominguez G, Jani J, Berwick M, Begg CB, Kris MG, Rusch VW. Extrapleural pneumonectomy versus pleurectomy/decortication in the surgical management of malignant pleural mesothelioma: results in 663 patients. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2008 Mar; 135(3).

Garcia I, Flores RM, Mujumdar U, Patel H, Siu-Lau P, Clas BA, Downey R, Flores R, Bains M, Rizk N, Dominguez G, Jani J, Berwick M, Begg CB, Kris MG, Rusch VW. Surgical management of tumors invading the superior vena cava. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2008 Jun; 85(6).

Orlow I, Park D, Mujumdar U, Patel H, Siu-Lau P, Clas BA, Flores R, Flores R, Bains M, Rizk N, Jani J, Berwick M, CB, Kris G, Rusch V. DNA damage and repair capacity in patients with lung cancer: prediction of multiple primary tumors. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2008 Jul; 26(21).

Kent M, Rice D, Flores R, Seshan VE, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW, Amar D. Incidence and risk factors for lung injury after lung cancer resection. Current treatment options in oncology 2007 Oct; 9(2-3).

Alam NM, Park BJ, Wilton A, Dycoco VE, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores VM, Rizk N, VW, Amar D. Incidence and risk factors for lung injury after lung cancer resection. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2007 Oct; 84(4).

Flores RT, Morris CD, Latmore M, Flores R, Vincent A, Heelan R, Akhurst T, Rusch VW, Chi DS. Aneurysmal sternal bone cyst: a novel treatment method. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2007 Aug; 1(4).

Wartmann RM, Routledge T, Seshan VE, Dycoco R, Zakowski M, Heelan Y, Rusch V, Rusch VW. The impact of lymph node station on survival in 348 patients with surgically resected malignant pleural mesothelioma: implications for revision of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2008 Sep; 134(3).

Flores RM, Krug TM, Gonen KE, Venkatraman E, Vincent A, Park RJ, Akhurst T, Rusch VW, Chi DS. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and postoperative high-dose radiotherapy for locally advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma: a phase II trial. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2006 May; 1(1).

Flores RM, Akhurst T, Sonoda M, Larson SM, Rusch VW, Park BJ, Hensley ML, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Positron emission tomography defines metastatic disease but not locoregional disease in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Jul; 126(1).

Juretzka MM, Abu-Rustum NR, Park B, Downey RJ, Flores RS, Park BJ, Hensley L, RR, Chi DS. The prognostic importance of the number of involved lymph nodes in esophageal cancer: implications for revisions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. Gynecologic oncology 2007 Dec; 104(3).

Rizk N, Venkatraman E, Park B, Flores R, Bains MS, Rusch V, N. The prognostic importance of the number of involved lymph nodes in esophageal cancer: implications for revisions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Dec; 132(6).

Park RM, Bacchetta M, Bains MS, Rusch RJ, Flores R, Rusch VW, Girardi LN, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Surgical management of thoracic malignancies invading the heart or great vessels. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2004 Sep; 78(10).

Flores RM, Su T, Lal D, Zakowski VW, La Quaglia MP, Larson SM, Rusch VW, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Extrapleural pneumonectomy in children. Journal of pediatric surgery 2006 Oct; 41(10).

Flores RM, Akhurst T, Gonen M, Zakowski M, Dycoco J, Wong RM, Rusch VW, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Endoscopic retrograde dilation of completely occlusive esophageal strictures. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Oct; 132(4).

Park A, Flores RM, Schattner M, Kraus D, Bains MS, Chi RS, Rizk N, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Endoscopic retrograde dilation of completely occlusive esophageal strictures. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jul; 82(4).

dos Santos F, Modica I, Flores RM, D'Angelica M, Aghajanian C, Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Hussain S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. En bloc resection of diaphragm with lung for recurrent ovarian cancer: a case report. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Sep; 102(3).

Park BJ, Carrasquillo J, Flores MS, Flores M, Aghajanian C, Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Hussain S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Giant benign esophageal schwannoma requiring esophagectomy. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jul; 102(1).

López-Ríos F, Chuai S, Flores R, Shimizu S, Ohno T, Wakahara K, Illei PB, Hussain S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Global gene expression profiling of pleural mesotheliomas: overexpression of aurora kinases and P16/CDKN2A deletion as prognostic factors and critical evaluation of microarray-based prognostic prediction. Cancer research 2006 Mar; 66(6).

López-Ríos F, Chuai M, Flores R, Shimizu S, Ohno T, Wakahara R, Illei PB, Rusch S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, V, Olshen B, Ladanyi M. Global gene expression profiling of pleural mesotheliomas: overexpression of aurora kinases and P16/CDKN2A deletion as prognostic factors and critical evaluation of microarray-based prognostic prediction. Cancer research 2006 Mar; 66(6).

Weyant MJ, Bains MS, Venkatraman N, Downey RJ, Jarnagin BJ, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW. Results of chest wall resection and reconstruction with and without rigid prosthesis. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jan; 81(1).

Juretzka MM, Horton FR, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda M, Dycoco WR, Flores RM, Barakat R, Chi D. Full-thickness diaphragmatic resection for stage IV ovarian carcinoma using the EndoGIA stapling device followed by diaphragmatic reconstruction using a Gore-tex graft: a case report and review of the literature. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Oct; 100(3).

Flores RM, Akhurst TR, Gonen M, Zakowski M, Dycoco J, Park SM, Rusch VW, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Positron emission tomography predicts survival in malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2006 Oct; 132.

Flores RM, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda Y, Downey RJ, Flores RM, Park BJ, Hensley ML, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and radiotherapy in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma: the Memorial Sloan-Kettering experience. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2005 Jul; 49 Suppl 1.

Flores RM, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda Y, Downey RJ, Flores RM, Park BJ, Hensley ML, Barakat RR, Chi DS. The role of PET in the surgical management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2005 Jul; 49 Suppl 1.

Juretzka MM, Abu-Rustum NR, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores RM, Park BJ, Hensley LL, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Surgical management of thoracic malignancies invading the heart or great vessels. Gynecologic oncology 2007 Sep; 78(3).

Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NM, Sonoda Y, Chen MW, Rusch RM, Downey R, Aghajanian C, R. The benefit of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery before planned abdominal exploration in patients with suspected advanced ovarian cancer and moderate to large pleural effusions. Gynecologic oncology 2004 Aug; 94(2).

Park BJ, Bacchetta M, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores RM, Rusch VW, Girardi LN, Barakat RR. Surgical management of thoracic malignancies invading the heart or great vessels. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2004 Sep; 78(3).

Giusti RJ, Flores RM, Downey RJ, Bains MS, Rusch VW, Hong L, Rusch VW. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the bronchus presenting with a negative chest X-ray and normal pulmonary function in two teenagers: two case reports and review of the literature. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2004 Jan; 37(1).

Park BM, Akhurst T, Downey RJ, Bains MS, Rusch VW, Hong L, Rusch VW, Rusch VW. Management of major hemorrhage during mediastinoscopy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Sep; 126(3).

Flores RM, Rosenzweig T, Gonen M, Larson SM, Rusch VW, Hong L, Rusch VW, Rusch VW. Positron emission tomography defines metastatic disease but not locoregional disease in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Jul; 126(1).

Yajnik S, Krug KE, Mychalczak B, Krug L, Flores R, Hong L, Akhurst TW, Rusch VW, Rusch VW. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and postoperative high-dose radiotherapy for locally advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma: a phase II trial. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2003 Aug; 56(5).

Flores MM, Krug LM, Rosenzweig KE, Venkatraman E, Vincent R, Tang R, Akhurst T, Rusch VD, Rusch VW. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and postoperative high-dose radiotherapy for locally advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma: a phase II trial. Thoracic surgery clinics 2006 May; 1(4).

Weyant MP, Flores EM, Bains MS, Park B, Flores R, Tang L, Ilson DH, Minsky BD, Rusch VW. Imaging of pleural and chest wall tumors. Thoracic surgery clinics 2004 Feb; 14(1).

Rizk NP, Venkatraman E, Park B, Park B, Flores R, Tang V, Ilson D, BD, Rusch VW. American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system does not accurately predict survival in patients receiving multimodality therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2007 Feb; 25(5).

Rizk N, Venkatraman E, Park B, Flores RS, Flores MM, Rusch V, V. The prognostic importance of the number of involved lymph nodes in esophageal cancer: implications for revisions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Dec; 132(6).

Moskovitz AH, Rizk N, Venkatraman E, Bains RS, Bains RM, Park BJ, Rusch VW, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Mortality increases for octogenarians undergoing esophagogastrectomy for esophageal cancer. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Dec; 82(6).

Flores R, Flores R, Lal D, Rusch VW, La Quaglia MS, Wong RJ, Rizk N, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Extrapleural pneumonectomy in children. Journal of pediatric surgery 2006 Oct; 82(10).

Gupta R, Su B, Krug L, Flores R, La Quaglia M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Extrapleural pneumonectomy in children. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2005 Nov; 41(4).

Garcia A, Carrasquillo RM, Schattner M, Kraus D, Bains MS, Wong DJ, Abu-Rustum NR, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike . Endoscopic retrograde dilation of completely occlusive esophageal strictures. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Oct; 82(4).

Park BJ, Carrasquillo J, Bains VS, Flores R, Aghajanian C, Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR. Giant benign esophageal schwannoma requiring esophagectomy. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jul; 82(1).

Park BA, Flores R, Rusch VW, D'Angelica M, Aghajanian C, Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Rusch VW. Robotic assistance for video-assisted thoracic surgical lobectomy: technique and initial results. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Jan; 131(3).

dos Santos BA, Modica I, Flores RM, D'Angelica M, Aghajanian BJ, Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Rusch VW. Robotic assistance for video-assisted thoracic surgical lobectomy: technique and initial results. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Jan; 102(3).

Park BJ, Flores RS, Rusch VW, Downey RJ, Park BJ, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW. Robotic assistance for video-assisted thoracic surgical lobectomy: technique and initial results. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jan; 131(1).

Weyant MJ, Bains FS, Venkatraman E, Downey R, Jarnagin BJ, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW. Results of chest wall resection and reconstruction with and without rigid prosthesis. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jan; 81(1).

Juretzka M, Mychalczak FR, Abu-Rustum LR, Sonoda Y, Jarnagin WR, Flores RM, Barakat R, Chi DS. Full-thickness diaphragmatic resection for stage IV ovarian carcinoma using the EndoGIA stapling device followed by diaphragmatic reconstruction using a Gore-tex graft: a case report and review of the literature. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Mar; 100(3).

Gupta V, Rizk B, Krug L, Flores M, Bains M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE. Hemithoracic radiation therapy after pleurectomy/decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2005 Nov; 49 Suppl 1(4).

Flores RM, Rizk NP, Venkatraman E, Bains MS, Flores RM, Park BJ, Rusch VW, Barakat RR. Mortality increases for octogenarians undergoing esophagogastrectomy for esophageal cancer. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2006 Dec; 49 Suppl 1.

Flores RM, Rizk NP, Venkatraman E, Bains MS, Flores RM, Park BJ, Rusch VW. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and radiotherapy in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma: the Memorial Sloan-Kettering experience. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2005 Jul; 49 Suppl 1.

Moskovitz AH, Rizk RP, Venkatraman E, Chen MW, Flores RM, Park RJ, Rusch VW, Barakat RR. Mortality increases for octogenarians undergoing esophagogastrectomy for esophageal cancer. Thoracic surgery clinics 2004 Dec; 82(6).

Weyant MS, Flores RM, Sonoda Y, Chen SW, Flores RM, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR, Rusch VW. Imaging of pleural and chest wall tumors. Thoracic surgery clinics 2004 Feb; 14(1).

Giusti DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda YS, Chen SW, Flores RM, Tang R, Aghajanian CH, Barakat RR, Rusch VW. The benefit of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery before planned abdominal exploration in patients with suspected advanced ovarian cancer and moderate to large pleural effusions. Gynecologic oncology 2004 Aug; 94(1).

Giusti NP, Venkatraman RM, Bains MS, Park B, Flores R, Tang L, Ilson DH, Minsky BD, Rusch VW. American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system does not accurately predict survival in patients receiving multimodality therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Pediatric pulmonology 2004 Feb; 37(1).

Rizk NP, Flores E, Bains MJ, Park B, Flores V, Tang L, Ilson DH, Minsky BD, Rusch DW. American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system does not accurately predict survival in patients receiving multimodality therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2007 Sep; 25(5).

Park BJ, Rosenzweig K, Downey RJ, Bains MS, Rusch V, Hong L, Rusch VW, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Management of major hemorrhage during mediastinoscopy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Sep; 126(3).

Yajnik S, Rosenzweig KR, Mychalczak Y, Krug L, Flores R, Hong L, Rusch VL, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Hemithoracic radiation after extrapleural pneumonectomy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2007 Aug; 56(5).

Juretzka MM, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda Y, Park R, Flores RM, Park BJ, Hensley DL, Barakat RD, Chi DW. The impact of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) in patients with suspected advanced ovarian malignancies and pleural effusions. Gynecologic oncology 2007 Mar; 25(5).

Yajnik RM, Krug LM, Rosenzweig K, Venkatraman E, Vincent R, Heelan R, Akhurst T, Rusch VW. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and postoperative high-dose radiotherapy for locally advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma: a phase II trial. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2003 May; 1(4).

Flores RM, Venkatraman E, Bains MS, Park E, Flores R, Tang L, Ilson DH, Minsky VD, VW. American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system does not accurately predict survival in patients receiving multimodality therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2006 Feb; 25(5).

Yajnik S, Rosenzweig TE, Mychalczak B, Krug L, Flores RW, Rusch VW. Hemithoracic radiation after extrapleural pneumonectomy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Jul; 56(5).

Flores RM, Akhurst T, Gonen M, Larson SM, Rusch VW, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR. Positron emission tomography defines metastatic disease but not locoregional disease in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Jul; 126(1).

Park BJ, Flores R, Sonoda RJ, Bains MS, Rusch VW, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR. Management of major hemorrhage during mediastinoscopy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Sep; 126(3).

Giusti RJ, Flores RM, Sonoda Y, Chen SW, Flores RM, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the bronchus presenting with a negative chest X-ray and normal pulmonary function in two teenagers: two case reports and review of the literature. Pediatric pulmonology 2004 Jan; 37(1).

Chi MS, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda Y, S, Flores M, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR. Imaging of pleural and chest wall tumors. Thoracic surgery clinics 2004 Feb; 94(2).

Flores MM, Flores BM, Krug L, Flores R, Bains M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE. Imaging of pleural and chest wall tumors. Thoracic surgery clinics 2005 Feb; 14(1).

Flores RM, Mychalczak B, Krug L, Flores R, Bains M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Chi DS. The role of PET in the surgical management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2005 Jul; 49 Suppl 1.

Gupta RM, Mychalczak B, Krug L, Flores R, Bains M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Chi DS. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and radiotherapy in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma: the Memorial Sloan-Kettering experience. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2005 Jul; 63.

Juretzka MM, Horton FR, Venkatraman NR, Sonoda YJ, Jarnagin WR, Flores RM, Barakat R, Chi DS, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Full-thickness diaphragmatic resection for stage IV ovarian carcinoma using the EndoGIA stapling device followed by diaphragmatic reconstruction using a Gore-tex graft: a case report and review of the literature. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Mar; 100(3).

Gupta V, Mychalczak BR, Krug L, Flores Y, Bains M, Flores VW, Rosenzweig K, Chi DS. Hemithoracic radiation therapy after pleurectomy/decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2005 Nov; 63(4).

Weyant MJ, Bains RS, Rusch E, Downey RJ, Park BJ, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch VW, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Robotic assistance for video-assisted thoracic surgical lobectomy: technique and initial results. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jan; 81(1).

Park BJ, Flores RM, Flores V, Shimizu S, Ohno T, Wakahara K, Illei PB, Hussain S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Robotic assistance for video-assisted thoracic surgical lobectomy: technique and initial results. Cancer research 2006 Jan; 131(1).

López-Ríos F, Chuai S, Flores R, Shimizu S, Aghajanian T, Wakahara K, Illei NB, Hussain S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen A, M. Global gene expression profiling of pleural mesotheliomas: overexpression of aurora kinases and P16/CDKN2A deletion as prognostic factors and critical evaluation of microarray-based prognostic prediction. Cancer research 2006 Mar; 66(6).

Park LA, Modica I, Flores RS, D'Angelica R, Aghajanian C, Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. En bloc resection of diaphragm with lung for recurrent ovarian cancer: a case report. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Sep; 102(3).

Park BJ, Bacchetta M, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores MS, Rusch VW, Girardi LN, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Giant benign esophageal schwannoma requiring esophagectomy. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2004 Sep; 82(3).

Park BJ, Carrasquillo RM, Bains MS, Flores RM, Bains MS, Wong RJ, Rizk N, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Endoscopic retrograde dilation of completely occlusive esophageal strictures. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Oct; 82(1).

Garcia A, Flores RM, Schattner M, Kraus D, Bains MS, Larson SJ, Rizk N, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike . Endoscopic retrograde dilation of completely occlusive esophageal strictures. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Oct; 82(4).

Flores RM, Su W, Venkatraman D, Rusch MW, La Quaglia MP, Park BJ, Rusch VW. Extrapleural pneumonectomy in children. Journal of pediatric surgery 2006 Oct; 41(10).

Flores RM, Akhurst T, Lal D, Zakowski M, Dycoco J, Larson SJ, Rusch VW. Positron emission tomography predicts survival in malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Oct; 132(4).

Moskovitz NH, Rizk NP, Venkatraman E, Bains MS, Bains RS, Park BJ, Rusch VW. Mortality increases for octogenarians undergoing esophagogastrectomy for esophageal cancer. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Dec; 82(6).

Rizk N, Venkatraman EE, Park B, Flores R, Flores MS, Rusch V, W. The prognostic importance of the number of involved lymph nodes in esophageal cancer: implications for revisions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Dec; 132(6).

Yajnik S, Rosenzweig KE, Mychalczak B, Krug LS, Rusch R, Hong R, Rusch VW, Barakat RR. Management of major hemorrhage during mediastinoscopy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Sep; 56(5).

Park BJ, Flores R, Downey YJ, Bains MS, Rusch VW, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR. Management of major hemorrhage during mediastinoscopy. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2003 Sep; 126(3).

Giusti RJ, Flores RM, Sonoda Y, Chen SW, Flores RM, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the bronchus presenting with a negative chest X-ray and normal pulmonary function in two teenagers: two case reports and review of the literature. Pediatric pulmonology 2004 Jan; 37(2).

Chi MS, Abu-Rustum NM, Y, Chen SW, Flores RM, Downey R, Aghajanian C, Barakat RR. The benefit of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery before planned abdominal exploration in patients with suspected advanced ovarian cancer and moderate to large pleural effusions. Gynecologic oncology 2004 Aug; 14(2).

Weyant MJ, Flores BM, Krug L, Flores R, Bains M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE. The role of PET in the surgical management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2004 Jul; 14(1).

Flores RM, Mychalczak B, Krug L, Flores R, Bains M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Chi DS. The role of PET in the surgical management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2005 Jul; 49 Suppl 1.

Gupta V, Mychalczak B, Krug L, Flores R, Jarnagin M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Chi DS. Hemithoracic radiation therapy after pleurectomy/decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2005 Nov; 63(4).

Flores RM, Mychalczak B, Krug L, Flores R, Bains M, Rusch VW, Rosenzweig KE, Chi DS. Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and radiotherapy in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma: the Memorial Sloan-Kettering experience. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2005 Jul; 49 Suppl 1.

Juretzka MJ, Bains FS, Abu-Rustum NR, Sonoda Y, Jarnagin WR, Flores RM, Barakat R, Chi VS, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Full-thickness diaphragmatic resection for stage IV ovarian carcinoma using the EndoGIA stapling device followed by diaphragmatic reconstruction using a Gore-tex graft: a case report and review of the literature. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Mar; 100(1).

Weyant MJ, Flores MS, Venkatraman E, Downey RJ, Park BJ, Flores RM, Rizk N, Rusch V, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Results of chest wall resection and reconstruction with and without rigid prosthesis. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jan; 81(1).

Park BJ, Flores SM, Rusch VW, Shimizu S, Ohno T, Wakahara K, Illei PB, Hussain S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, Ladanyi M. Global gene expression profiling of pleural mesotheliomas: overexpression of aurora kinases and P16/CDKN2A deletion as prognostic factors and critical evaluation of microarray-based prognostic prediction. Cancer research 2006 Mar; 131(1).

López-Ríos F, Chuai S, Flores R, Shimizu S, Ohno T, Wakahara K, Abu-Rustum PR, Hussain S, Krug L, Zakowski MF, Rusch V, Olshen AB, M. Global gene expression profiling of pleural mesotheliomas: overexpression of aurora kinases and P16/CDKN2A deletion as prognostic factors and critical evaluation of microarray-based prognostic prediction. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Sep; 66(6).

dos Santos LJ, Modica I, Flores RM, D'Angelica R, Aghajanian C, Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. En bloc resection of diaphragm with lung for recurrent ovarian cancer: a case report. Gynecologic oncology 2006 Sep; 82(1).

Park BJ, Carrasquillo J, Bains MS, Flores RM, Bains MS, Wong RJ, Rizk N, Markowitz A, Gerdes H, Shike M. Giant benign esophageal schwannoma requiring esophagectomy. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Jul; 82(4).

Garcia A, Flores RM, Schattner M, Kraus D, Dycoco JS, Wong RJ, Rizk N, Markowitz A, Gerdes , Shike M. Endoscopic retrograde dilation of completely occlusive esophageal strictures. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Oct; 82(4).

Flores RM, Su W, Gonen M, Zakowski M, La Quaglia J, Larson VW, Rusch VW. Extrapleural pneumonectomy in children. Journal of pediatric surgery 2006 Oct; 132(4).

Park BH, Rizk M, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores R, Rusch VW, Rusch LN, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Surgical management of thoracic malignancies invading the heart or great vessels. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2004 Sep; 78(3).

Flores RM, Bacchetta W, Lal MS, Rusch VJ, La Quaglia MP, Rusch VW, Girardi LN. Extrapleural pneumonectomy in children. Journal of pediatric surgery 2006 Oct; 41(10).

Moskovitz AH, Rizk NP, Venkatraman E, Bains RS, Flores RM, Park BJ, Rusch V, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Mortality increases for octogenarians undergoing esophagogastrectomy for esophageal cancer. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2006 Dec; 82(6).

Rizk N, Venkatraman E, Park B, Downey R, Bains RS, Rusch V, Hensley , Barakat RR, Chi DS. The prognostic importance of the number of involved lymph nodes in esophageal cancer: implications for revisions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2006 Dec; 132(6).

Flores MM, Abu-Rustum TR, Sonoda Y, Larson RJ, Flores RM, Park L, Hensley ML, Barakat RR, Rusch VS. The impact of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) in patients with suspected advanced ovarian malignancies and pleural effusions. Gynecologic oncology 2007 Mar; 104(3).

Rizk RM, Akhurst T, Gonen MS, Larson S, Rusch VW, Tang L, Ilson DH, Minsky BD, Rusch VW. American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system does not accurately predict survival in patients receiving multimodality therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2003 Feb; 126(1).

Rizk NP, Venkatraman EM, Bains MS, Park B, Vincent R, Tang L, Ilson T, Minsky BD, Rusch VW. American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system does not accurately predict survival in patients receiving multimodality therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2007 Feb; 1(5).

Flores RM, LM, Rosenzweig KE, Venkatraman , Vincent A, Heelan R, Akhurst T, Rusch . Induction chemotherapy, extrapleural pneumonectomy, and postoperative high-dose radiotherapy for locally advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma: a phase II trial. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2006 May; 1.

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