Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, is an expert thoracic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive approaches to treating lung cancer, investigating new approaches to lung disease, and treating esophageal conditions. He is the chief of Thoracic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as a Professor of Surgery. He is a leading expert in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including the use of robotic surgery for lung cancer and other lung diseases. He is also a top surgeon, in the use of video assisted thoracic surgery, or VATS, an approach developed at Cedars-Sinai to operate on the lungs through small incisions, avoiding damage to the chest wall and allowing for quicker recovery time for patients. In addition to his expertise in treating lung conditions, he is also an expert in both open and minimally-invasive approaches to esophageal cancer as well as benign esophageal and foregut diseases, such as reflux, hiatal hernia and achalasia. He has been a leader in research on the use of VATS surgery to remove only the affected portion of the lung as an effective alternative to removing an entire lobe. Dr. Soukiasian has also explored the use of this technique to treat other lung and esophageal conditions. His research interests include minimally invasive alternatives for thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, and novel approaches in treating lung and esophageal cancers. Dr. Soukiasian has also done research and published articles on stem cell harvesting and transplantation.
- Wearing turquoise in the months of March, April and May
- Raising awareness for the cause through their social media networks
- Fundraising for the American Lung Association, with a minimum target of $1000