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Michael J. Weyant , thoracic surgeon at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, might not see as many pleural mesothelioma patients as some of his peers, but his opinions are as respected every bit as much.
Weyant was chosen to write the lead editorial in the highly regarded Journal of Thoracic Oncology (April 2012) that accompanied a study report from England calling for the halt of the extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) surgery, in favor of the less-radical pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) for mesothelioma patients.
Weyant didn’t totally agree with the findings, believing each patient’s needs should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The results of the current study … provide additional data that should lead us to consider P/D in all trials of treatment. Yet it is too early based on this data to completely abandon EPP altogether as there may be patient subsets where the potential reward outweighs the risks of the procedure.
Weyant, who joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2005, has dedicated his practice to all areas of general thoracic surgery, including thoracic malignancies, minimally invasive procedures and esophageal and lung disease.
He has a particular interest in chest wall resection and reconstruction, along with surgery for end-stage lung disease and endoluminal therapies. Weyant has been involved in lung transplant surgery and a wide range of cancer surgeries.
He also has initiated extensive laboratory research in the areas of lung carcinoma and esophageal malignancy. He took the lead in a National Institute of Health SPORE grant trial that explored completely resected Stage 1B-IIIA non-small cell lung cancer.
Fast Fact: Dr. Weyant has been involved in a wide range of thoracic surgeries, including lung transplants.
His laboratory work has led to multiple presentations at various medical conferences regarding his lung cancer research. He also has received several excellence-in-teaching awards, mentoring multiple surgery residents pursuing research fellowships.
He has been lauded for his research in the early detection of lung cancer, along with his work in the Colorado community to raise awareness of the impact of lung cancer. He was quoted extensively in a Second Opinion column for Cancer Network, where he discussed lymph node involvement in early stage non-small cell lung cancer.
Weyant spent his earlier years in New York, where he first attended Syracuse University and then Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. He did an internship and completed his residency program at Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell campus).
He finished his thoracic surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before coming to Colorado as an assistant professor in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor at Colorado in 2010.
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