Dr. Laurence Brinckerhoff, pleural mesothelioma expert

Laurence H. Brinckerhoff

Chief, Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Laurence Brinckerhoff is chief of thoracic surgery and leader of the Interstitial Lung Disease Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

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About Laurence H. Brinckerhoff

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    Team Leader

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    Pleural and Lung Cancer

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    20+ Years of Experience

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    Minimally Invasive Surgery

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    Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery

Brinckerhoff also is an associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, focusing on surgical oncology, tumor immunology and clinical trials.

He does minimally invasive surgery and the more aggressive operations, including the pleurectomy and decortication used to treat malignant mesothelioma.

At Tufts, he works closely with medical and radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, interventional pulmonologists and pain experts to provide personalized treatment plans for each patient.

“We have a unique situation here, where we meet almost daily to discuss everyone who is undergoing treatment, to make sure every variable is optimized, every aspect of care is optimized, to really improve a patient’s overall experience, and [their] ability to survive cancer,” he said.

Fascinated by Cancer

Brinckerhoff was named to the 2019 Boston Magazine Top Doctors list, earning the honor for the seventh consecutive year.

He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School before training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and the University of Virginia Health System.

Coming from a family of physicians, Brinckerhoff grew up hearing about and then embracing the medical field, where he works tirelessly today to help others through his surgical expertise.

“Cancer has always fascinated me. We know so much, and yet we understand so little,” he said. “How does, and why do our bodies degenerate into cancer cells? How can we stop it from taking place? I continue to search for ways to prevent cancer from taking place.”

He sees patients at the Tufts Cancer Center at Stoneham, and the Lowell General Hospital, as well as the Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Specializes in Lung Diseases

Much of Brinckerhoff’s time is spent working with patients who have serious thoracic diseases, which includes lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma.

He often performs video-assisted thoracic surgery to biopsy a diseased portion of the lung.

Brinckerhoff works with those in the Tufts Lung Nodule Evaluation Center and the multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program, making sure each patient is treated with the utmost importance.

“When you have a diagnosis or the potential diagnosis of lung cancer, there is so much anxiety that goes through a patient’s mind and those of the family,” he said. “Just sitting down with someone who knows lung cancer, someone who can direct their care and put a therapeutic plan in place quickly, we think is very important.”

Disclaimer: Dr. Laurence H. Brinckerhoff has no professional affiliation with Asbestos.com.

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  1. Tufts Medical Center. (n.d.). Meet Laurence Brinckerhoff, M.D.
    Retrieved from: https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/News-Events-Media/In-the-News/Cancer/Profiles/Laurence-Brinckerhoff
  2. Tufts Medical Center. (n.d.). Laurence H. Brinckerhoff, M.D. Retrieved from: https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/PhysicianDirectory/Laurence-Brinckerhoff

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Last Modified June 25, 2019

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