Dr. Raja Michael Flores

Dr. Raja Michael Flores

Thoracic Surgeon & Contributing Writer

Dr. Raja Flores is division chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and he’s carving a reputation as a world leader in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma cancer.

About Dr. Raja Michael Flores

  • American Board of Surgery

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Fast Facts
  • Flores was named to the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons in 2017, stemming from continued work with 9/11 first responders.

  • He has expertise in mesothelioma, lung cancer and esophageal cancer.

  • During his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Flores worked closely with mesothelioma treatment pioneer Dr. David Sugarbaker.

  • Flores speaks Arabic, English and Spanish.

Dr. Flores has helped refine the approach to aggressive surgery for mesothelioma cancer, including the use of intraoperative chemotherapy.

From Day 1, he has earned national acclaim for his work with so many first responders from the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack in 2001.

Many of these firefighters and other first responders have been hit with respiratory diseases stemming from the cloud of toxic chemicals that covered the lower Manhattan area for weeks. He has been seeing a growing number of cases involving asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Experts have lauded Flores for his work with firefighters and policemen throughout New York City, many of whom labored in the cleanup efforts in the aftermath of the attack.

Flores’ roots grow deep in the city. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and did a residency at nearby Columbia University.

After another residency at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he returned to New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

He moved across town in 2010 to Mount Sinai, where he is known today as an excellent surgeon with an ability to relate to his blue-collar patients.

“I come from a family of cops. Police work is in my blood,” he said. “I’m familiar with the culture. That’s important when treating these patients.”

Flores has served as a reviewer and editorial board member on several reputable medical journals, including Journal Clinics in Oncology, Journal Clinics in Surgery, Journal of Thoracic Diseases, and Annals of Translational Medicine among others.

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Last Modified September 17, 2020

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