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Thoracic Surgery Research


The Division of Thoracic Surgery provides patients access to innovative treatment through Tufts Medical Center based and national clinical trials. By enrolling in new clinical trials, you may have access to new treatments that are otherwise unavailable.

Current research

Current research projects include:

  1. Expression of PAR-1 Receptors in Lung Cancers.
  2. Stromal Factors Influencing Tumor Growth in Lung Cancer Patients.
  3. Establishing and Characterizing Lung Cancer Mouse Models. 

Wiener RS, Wiener DC, Gould MK. Risks of transthoracic needle biopsy: how high? Clin Pulm Med. 2013 Jan;20(1):29-35.

C Jaroslaw, Yang J, Kuliopulos A, Nguyen N, Deng Q, Yang E,  Fogel M, Tressel S, Agarwal A, Hunt S, McMurry T, Brinckerhoff LH, Covic L.  Targeting protease-activated receptor-1 with cell-penetrating pepducins in lung cancer.  Am J Pathol. 2011;179(1).


Brinckerhoff L. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery; Past, Present and Future. Temple University, Surgical Grand Rounds. Philadelphia, PA: March, 2013.

Wiener DC. GERD:  PPI vs Surgery. Brockton, MA: March, 2013.

Wiener DC: When is it “OK” to say “No”? Metrowest, Natick: March, 2013.

Wiener DC. GERD:  PPI vs Surgery. Metrowest, Framingham: February, 2013.

Brinckerhoff L. Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery – Does it really make a difference? William J. Smith Conference on Lung Cancer. UNC Asheville, NC: May, 2011.


Rona Spector, MD

Title(s): Thoracic Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.5589
Fax #: 617.636.9095

General thoracic and foregut surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, surgical robotics, lung cancer

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