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Dr. Ory Wiesel

Dr. Ory Wiesel

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Ory Wiesel is a thoracic surgeon with expertise in the management of pleural mesothelioma cancer at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

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Dr. Ory Wiesel’s arrival to Maimonides in 2017 sparked the creation of the Brooklyn Mesothelioma Center, a multidisciplinary program dedicated exclusively to mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer.

Previously, patients from Brooklyn looking for a mesothelioma specialty center traveled to Manhattan or beyond, adding to the already difficult burden of this cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

“With our program now, I think we can help a lot more patients get the specialized care they want — and stay closer to home,” Wiesel said. “We can now provide the type of program they need.”

Taking His Boston Training to Brooklyn

Wiesel received his training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he worked closely with Dr. Raphael Bueno.

Much of what Wiesel learned in Boston has been integrated into the Brooklyn Mesothelioma Program. It goes well beyond his surgical expertise.

It’s also a philosophy Wiesel learned at Brigham, which originated from Dr. David Sugarbaker, the renowned surgeon who built the program and served as a pioneer in advancing the treatment of pleural mesothelioma for decades.

“It really takes a team to treat a challenging disease like this,” said Wiesel, making a football reference. “It’s not just the quarterback, although he often gets a lot of the credit. It’s everyone around him, too. It’s takes a whole team. That’s what we’re building here.”

A Team in Brooklyn to Believe in

Wiesel works alongside Dr. Jason Shaw, director of thoracic surgery at Maimonides, and Dr. Igor Brichkov, another surgeon who is part of the thoracic cancer program in Brooklyn.

They collaborate with pulmonologists, pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, nurses and other mesothelioma specialists to discuss each case, developing a personalized treatment strategy for every patient.

“All the needs for a patient are here in one place,” Wiesel said. “Patients should have options, and we can provide them here.”

Maimonides has the only full-service cancer center and fully accredited Breast Cancer Center in Brooklyn.

It is known for its cutting-edge research and technology, taking pride in focusing on the whole person, and not just the cancer.

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Expertise Goes Beyond Mesothelioma

In addition to performing the aggressive, tumor-removing surgeries for mesothelioma, Wiesel also is trained in minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

He handles esophageal cancer, lung cancer, mediastinum and chest wall diseases.

He received his degree from Semmelweis Medical University in Hungary, where he received the Dean’s Special Distinction Award in 2005.

He did his residency at the Tel Aviv Medical Center in Israel. His thoracic surgery fellowship was at the Harvard University Medical School in Boston, where he started working at Brigham and Women’s.

Wiesel, who is fluent in English, Arabic, Hebrew and Hungarian, has earned several awards for his work, including the 2015 AATS Graham Foundation Award and the Khuri Shukri Award for clinical excellence.

One of his research topics is surgery for the elderly.

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Last Modified July 31, 2020

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