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October 2014

Is Minimally Invasive Lobectomy as Good as the Open Procedure?

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD
Dr. Art Sedrakyan

A study supervised by Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research and Director of the Weill Cornell Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Program, compared long-term survival after minimally invasive lobectomy and thoracotomy lobectomy (the open procedure), using a population-based analysis of SEER-Medicare data.

Subroto Paul, MD, MPH
Dr. Subroto Paul

Surgical removal of the affected lobe of the lung (lobectomy) is often performed to treat lung cancer. This project is the largest and most though investigation to date comparing the two lobectomy methods. The researchers found that patients undergoing either procedure had similar overall, cancer specific, and disease-free survival rates. The study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Subroto Paul, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery in Healthcare Policy and research, is the lead author.

Abby Isaacs, MS
Abby Isaacs

The other co-authors are Abby Isaacs, MS, a Senior Analyst in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Tom Treasure, MD, a professor at the University College London, and Nasser K Altorki, MB, BCh, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.



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