A tribute to a beloved mesothelioma surgeon

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. David Sugarbaker, a beloved mesothelioma surgeon and researcher. He leaves a huge void in the mesothelioma community, especially among the many patients whose lives he has impacted. We extend our condolences to his wife and children, his brother Paul Sugarbaker, also a mesothelioma surgeon, and extended family and friends.

Dr. Sugarbaker was the recipient of the Meso Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2012 and has served on the Foundation’s Science Advisory Board for many years.

In 2014, he became Director of the Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Thoracic Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, where he moved from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Sugarbaker attended Wheaton College in Wheaton Illinois and then went on to attend Cornell University Medical College in New York. He completed his residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and his cardiothoracic training at the Toronto General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Following his training in Toronto in 1988, Dr. Sugarbaker returned to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston appointed as Chief of the newly formed Division of Thoracic Surgery.

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