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One of the hallmarks of Asbestos.com is getting invaluable information about mesothelioma to the people who need it most. We do this through our ever-growing network of mesothelioma specialists, researchers and other medical professionals who share their expertise on the crucial issues mesothelioma patients and their families face each day.

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Medical experts and other health specialists offer the newest information about mesothelioma treatments, patient care and emotional support.

Most Common Questions I Hear as a Mesothelioma Specialist
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Most Common Questions I Hear as a Mesothelioma Specialist

I spent the majority of my career practicing and training in the Northeast, primarily in Pennsylvania. Since joining the [...]

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Hear from the oncologists, thoracic surgeons and researchers at the forefront of finding a cure for mesothelioma.

Dr. Tirrell Johnson

Johnson, a medical oncologist, explains his role at Orlando Health.

Dr. W. Charles Conway

Conway, a surgical oncologist, discusses his background at the Ochsner Cancer Institute.

Dr. Jacques Fontaine

Fontaine, a thoracic surgeon, details his specialty at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Dr. Farid Gharagozloo

Gharagozlooo, of Florida Hospital Celebration, discusses his career as a thoracic surgeon.

“I tell patients we have to compartmentalize the whole process. We can look at the big picture — the goal of remission — but we must take it one step at a time.”

— Dr. Brian Pettiford, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Ochsner Cancer Institute

Expertise in Multiple Disciplines

We have built relationships with top experts in their respective fields, including mesothelioma doctors, researchers, nutritionists and mental health professionals.

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Doctors and Surgeons

Top mesothelioma specialists from the best cancer centers across the nation share their knowledge of the latest in treatment and patient care.

Researchers

Medical researchers who dedicate their lives to finding a cure for mesothelioma discuss emerging treatments and clinical trials.

Support Experts

Licensed mental health counselors and former caregivers share ways that mesothelioma patients and their loved ones can cope with emotions and stress.

Nutritionists

Oncology nutritionists provide dietary tips to help mesothelioma patients meet healthy weight goals and potentially improve survival.

Doctors and Researchers

Jacques Fontaine

Dr. Jacques Fontaine

Thoracic Surgery

Fontaine is a thoracic surgeon at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He plays a major role in the hospital’s Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center.

Rodney Landreneau M.D.

Dr. Rodney Landreneau

Thoracic Surgeon

Landreneau is a thoracic surgeon who specializes in a variety of cancers, including pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer.

W. Charles Conway M.D.

Dr. W. Charles Conway

Director of Surgical Oncology

Conway joined Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in Santa Barbara, California, in 2017 as the director of surgical oncology.

Farid Gharagozloo M.D.

Dr. Farid Gharagozloo

Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Farid, who is a thoracic surgeon, is changing the way malignant pleural mesothelioma will be treated in the future, providing new hope with his much-needed breakthrough.

Brian Pettiford M.D.

More about Dr. Brian Pettiford

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Pettiford is the talented young thoracic surgeon who has taken the reigns of the pleural mesothelioma program at the Ochsner Cancer Institute in New Orleans, now attracting patients from across the Gulf Coast.

Jacques Fontaine
Rodney Landreneau M.D.
W. Charles Conway M.D.
Farid Gharagozloo M.D.
Brian Pettiford M.D.

Other Professional Contributors

Tejal Parekh

Tejal Parekh

Registered & Licensed Dietitian

Parekh is a registered and licensed dietitian in Florida. She uses her knowledge of nutrition to help mesothelioma cancer patients.

Dana Nolan

Dana Nolan

Mental Health Counselor

Nolan is a licensed mental health counselor dedicated to helping patients along their cancer journey. She also runs The Mesothelioma Center’s monthly support group.

Lorraine Kember

Lorraine Kember

Writer

Kember is the author of “Lean on Me,” an acclaimed and inspirational personal account of her husband’s courageous battle with mesothelioma.

Kasie Coleman

Kasie Coleman

Writer

Coleman is a married mother of two boys and a peritoneal mesothelioma survivor who writes about her firsthand experience with the cancer.

Tejal Parekh
Dana Nolan
Lorraine Kember
Kasie Coleman

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