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Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine

6620 Main Street Suite 1325, Houston, Texas 77030

About the Lung Institute at Baylor

The Mesothelioma Treatment Center at the Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute includes a staff of multidisciplinary specialists who combine cutting-edge research with clinical excellence.

The treatment center has been recognized as a worldwide leader for the diagnosis, treatment and personalized care for pleural mesothelioma.

The Lung Institute opened in 2014 under the leadership of Dr. David Sugarbaker, a pioneer in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma.

His goal was to utilize the vast resources found at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center to build a program that would serve as a legacy and set new standards for excellence.

Doctors at This Hospital

Although Sugarbaker died in 2018, he already put in place the ingredients to achieve that goal.

The Lung Institute continues developing comprehensive programs across disciplines and departments, developing cutting-edge treatments for diseases of the lung.

They include pleural mesothelioma, lung cancer, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, asthma and a variety of respiratory illnesses.

The thoracic oncology program includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists.

The surgical team handling cases of mesothelioma includes Dr. R. Taylor Ripley, Dr. Bryan Burt and Dr. Shawn Groth.

Resources Are Unmatched

The Baylor College of Medicine is part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest, health-sciences complex in the world. It includes 49 independent institutions and unmatched resources.

The college of medicine has been a longtime leader in genomic research, which has become the future of cancer care and the key to better therapies.

It also is known for its expansive list of clinical trials, the lifeblood of therapeutic advances.

Participation is voluntary, but often encouraged.

Leader in Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

Baylor College of Medicine currently has four separate clinical trials designed for patients with pleural mesothelioma. Two of those involve surgery.

Pleural Mesothelioma Clinical Trials at Baylor

The Lung Institute also offers a variety of holistic and supportive care for patients, including patient navigators, physical therapists, dieticians, social workers and chaplaincy services.

Snehal Smart, M.D.

Snehal Smart, M.D.

Snehal Smart is the Pleural Mesothelioma Center’s in-house medical doctor, serving as both an experienced Patient Advocate and an expert medical writer for the website. When she is not providing one-on-one assistance to patients, Dr. Snehal stays current on the latest medical research, reading peer-reviewed studies and interviewing oncologists to learn about advancements in diagnostic tools and cancer treatments.

Last Modified March 13, 2019

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