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  • Leah Backhus, MD

    Backhus Leah

    Specialties

    • Primary: Thoracic Surgery

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    UWMC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    1959 NE Pacific Street
    Box 356310
    Seattle, WA, 98195-6310
    Phone: 206.543.3093
    Fax: 206.543.0325

    Biography

    Dr. Backhus is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the VA Puget Sound. She trained in General Surgery at the University of Southern California and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. Her practice consists of general thoracic surgery with special emphasis on thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgery. She is a member of the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Patient Care Philosophy: "I believe that all patients should be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. My goal is to apply state-of-the-art medical and surgical techniques in my care of patients with diseases of the chest."

    Other Interests

    Personal: Sports, family, skiing, and reading

    Clinical: Thoracic oncology, including lung, esophageal, and chest wall malignancies; lung transplantation; benign diseases of the chest, and minimally-invasive thoracic surgery

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Affiliated Community Providers
  • Farhood Farjah, MD

    FarjahFarhood

    Specialties

    • Primary: Thoracic Surgery

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    UW Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    1959 Pacific Street AA-1155
    POB 356310
    Seattle, WA, 98195
    Phone: 206.616.1747

    Biography

    Dr. Farjah is a thoracic surgeon and health services researcher. He has appointments at the University of Washington (UW) as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Medical Director of the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE).


    Dr. Farjah trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in cardiothoracic surgery and UW in general surgery. His research training involved a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship sponsored by SORCE and funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute. During this time he also obtained a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health.



    Patient Care Philosophy
    “Patients seek out specialists for various reasons—symptoms, a diagnosis, a cure, advice on further testing, a first, second, or even third opinion, specialized treatment, follow-up care, palliation, and/or hope. I am committed to understanding patients’ goals and helping them achieve their goals using my training and experience as well as my network of colleagues and healthcare resources.”



    Personal Interests
    Dr. Farjah enjoys grilling, playing the guitar, swimming, reading non-fiction, and spending time with family and friends.



    Clinical Interests
    Dr. Farjah has a strong interest in disease-based, multi-disciplinary management of lung and esophageal cancer, pleural mesothelioma, and any other malignancy that involves the chest and may be amenable to surgical intervention.



    Research Interests
    Dr. Farjah’s research interests include evaluating the relationship between lung cancer diagnostics and outcomes, and developing patient-centered quality metrics for thoracic surgery.


    Teaching Interests
    Dr. Farjah is committed to teaching individuals who are enthusiastic about patient care and/or science. He is involved in the career development and promotion of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, residents, and fellows.


    Languages
    English, Farsi

    Expertise
    Cancer Care (esophageal), Cancer Care (lung), Epidemiology, Pulmonary/Lung Care, Surgery

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Affiliated Community Providers
  • Michael Mulligan, MD

    MulliganMichael

    Specialties

    • Primary: Thoracic Surgery

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English
    • Secondary: Spanish

    Locations

    UWMC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    1959 NE Pacific Street
    Box 356310
    Seattle, WA, 98195-6310
    Phone: 206.598.1980
    Fax: 206.543.0325

    Biography

    Dr. Mulligan is a UW professor of cardiothoracic surgery and the director of the Lung Transplant Program and the Advanced Lung Disease Surgery Program. He is clinically busy in lung transplantation and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He also is the surgeon in the Pacific Northwest who performs pulmonary endarterectomies for chronic pulmonary embolic disease.


    In addition, Dr. Mulligan directs the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program. He performs a range of lung cancer resections regularly. He is considered a national expert in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy and leads regional and national courses on the subject. He also has considerable experience in the management of esophageal cancer.


    Patient Care Philosophy:
    Do your best for every patient. Treat them the way you would like yourself or your family to be treated. Do everything you can to improve their lives.

    Scope Of Care:
    Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, benign and malignant thoracic diseases and end-stage lung disease.

    Research Interests
    He has won local and national teaching awards and runs an NIH-funded laboratory. His areas of scientific investigation include the mechanisms of acute lung injury following lung transplantation and the regulation of tolerance in long-term lung graft acceptance.

    Teaching Interests
    He has been the recipient of the John K. Stevenson Award for excellence in resident education. Most recently, he won the McGoon Award, which is given to a cardiothoracic surgeon who exemplifies outstanding teaching and mentorship in the United States.

    Other Interests

    Personal: family, water skiing, snow skiing, and fitness

    Clinical: Cardiovascular surgery, lung and heart-lung transplantation, lung-volume reduction surgery, pulmonary thrombo-endarterectomy, and benign and malignant lung and esophageal disease

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Affiliated Community Providers
  • Thomas Varghese, Jr., MD

    VargheseThomas

    Specialties

    • Primary: Thoracic Surgery

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    UWMC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    1959 NE Pacific Street
    BOX 356310
    Seattle, WA, 98195-6310
    Phone: 206.543.3093
    Fax: 206.543.0325

    Biography

    Dr. Varghese is the director of the thoracic surgery program at Harborview Medical Center and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).


    Patient Care Philosophy: "Ideal health care should be focused on the needs of our patients and their families. Our team of health-care professionals is committed to delivering the highest quality health care possible in an environment of service excellence. We practice state-of-the art medicine in combination with old-fashioned personal attention, thus combining the best in expertise with the best in bedside care. Exceptional patient care is our highest priority."

    Scope Of Care: Benign and malignant disease of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum; thoracic trauma; and minimally invasive applications for general thoracic surgery.

    Research Interests: Thoracic surgical outcomes and quality of care research using population-based data, cost and utility analyses and patient-derived outcomes; application of surgical simulation in the training of cardiothoracic surgeons in advanced surgical skills; surgical education; and clinical trials in general thoracic surgery.


    Teaching Interests: He is an associate program director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency at UW, and is dedicated to the education of medical students, residents and fellows. He is also a core faculty member of the Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS).

    Expertise: Pulmonary/Lung Care, Surgery, Trauma

    Education History:
    Government Medical College - Trivandrum, Univ. of Kerala, India, Medical education, 1995
    Medical College Trivandrum, Medical education, 1995
    Northwestern University Medical School, Internship
    Northwestern University Medical School, Residency
    Northwestern University Medical School, Fellowship
    Northwestern University Medical School, Teaching Appointment
    Univ. of Michigan - Dept. of Thoracic Surgery, Fellowship

    Awards and Honors

    Year Name
    2011 Awarded with the physician's "Care Award" at Northwest Hospital for outstanding patient care.
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    Selected Publications

    Wood DE, Farjah F, Oelschlager BK, Symons RG, MacLeod KE, Flum DR, Pellegrini CA "Variation in esophagectomy outcomes in hospitals meeting Leapfrog volume outcome standards." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2011 Apr; 91; 4; 1003-9; discussion 1009-10

    Farjah F, Wood DE, Varghese TK, Massarweh NN, Symons RG, Flum DR "Health care utilization among surgically treated Medicare beneficiaries with lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Dec; 88; 6; 1749-56

    Farjah F, Flum DR, Symons RG, Wood DE "Surgeon specialty and long-term survival after pulmonary resection for lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Apr; 87; 4; 995-1004; discussion 1005-6

    Farjah F, Wood DE, Symons RG, Flum DR "Trends in the operative management and outcomes of T4 lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2008 Aug; 86; 2; 368-74




    Other Interests

    Family and sports

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Affiliated Community Providers
  • Douglas Wood, MD

    WoodDouglas

    Specialties

    • Primary: Thoracic Surgery

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    UWMC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    1959 NE Pacific Street
    BOX 356310
    Seattle, WA, 98195-6310
    Phone: 206.685.3228
    Fax: 206.543.0325

    Biography

    Dr. Wood is a UW professor, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the endowed chair in lung cancer research. He is a world-renowned surgeon in thoracic oncology, specializing in the areas of lung and esophageal cancer. He is also a national and international leader in the management of complex airway disease and in the surgical management of end-stage lung disease. He focuses his practice in these areas where he has led the UW thoracic group to be the leading referral center for patients from all over the Pacific Northwest.

    Dr. Wood received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and trained in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He then was recruited to Seattle to lead a new section of general thoracic surgery at the UW.


    Patient Care Philosophy

    "I try to take care of each patient as if he or she were a member of my own family. I strongly believe that prompt and efficient evaluation and clear explanations help patients make good decisions. Our goal is that every cancer patient will have a work-up completed and a treatment plan defined within a few days of his or her first phone call to our office."


    Expertise

    Cancer Care (esophageal), Cancer Care (lung), Pulmonary/Lung Care, Surgery

    Education History

    Harvard Medical School, Medical education, 1983
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Internship
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Fellowship


    Awards and Honors

    Year Name
    2011 2nd Vice President - Society of Thoracic Surgeons
    2011 Elected as Councilor for the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Board of Directors.
    2011 Will serve as Chair for the newly created National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Lung Cancer Screening panel which is responsible for developing lung cancer screening guidelines.
    2010 America's Top Doctors - Castle Connolly Medical
    2010 Chair - Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Thoracic Residency Review Committee
    2008 America's Top Surgeons - Consumer Research Council of America
    2008 President - Western Thoracic Surgical Association
    2008 Seattle's Top Doctors - Seattle Magazine
    2004 President - Seattle Surgical Society
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    Selected Publications

    Wood DE, Eapen GA, Ettinger DS, Hou L, Jackman D, Kazerooni E, Klippenstein D, Lackner RP, Leard L, Leung AN, Massion PP, Meyers BF, Munden RF, Otterson GA, Peairs K, Pipavath S, Pratt-Pozo C, Reddy C, Reid ME, Rotter AJ, Schabath MB, Sequist LV, Tong BC, Travis WD, Unger M, Yang SC "Lung cancer screening." Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN 2012 Feb; 10; 2; 240-65


    FitzSullivan E, Gries CJ, Phelan P, Farjah F, Gilbert E, Keech JC, Wood DE, Raghu G, Mulligan MS "Reduction in airway complications after lung transplantation with novel anastomotic technique." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2011 Jul; 92; 1; 309-15


    Wood DE, Farjah F, Oelschlager BK, Symons RG, MacLeod KE, Flum DR, Pellegrini CA "Variation in esophagectomy outcomes in hospitals meeting Leapfrog volume outcome standards." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2011 Apr; 91; 4; 1003-9; discussion 1009-10


    Cheng AM, Wood DE "Surgical and endoscopic palliation of advanced lung cancer." Surgical oncology clinics of North America 2011 Oct; 20; 4; 779-90


    Wood DE, Farjah F "Training, certification and practice of cardiac and thoracic surgeons in Europe: a comparison of the members of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons." European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery 2010 Mar; 37; 3; 511-5


    Wood DE, Cerfolio RJ, Gonzalez X, Springmeyer SC "Bronchoscopic management of prolonged air leak." Clinics in chest medicine 2010 Mar; 31; 1; 127-33, Table of Contents


    Farjah F, Wood DE, Vaughan TL, Symons RG, Krishnadasan B, Flum DR "Racial disparities among patients with lung cancer who were recommended operative therapy." Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) 2009 Jan; 144; 1; 14-8


    Farjah F, Wood DE, Varghese TK, Massarweh NN, Symons RG, Flum DR "Health care utilization among surgically treated Medicare beneficiaries with lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Dec; 88; 6; 1749-56


    Farjah F, Flum DR, Symons RG, Wood DE "Surgeon specialty and long-term survival after pulmonary resection for lung cancer." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Apr; 87; 4; 995-1004; discussion 1005-6


    Farjah F, Flum DR, Ramsey SD, Heagerty PJ, Symons RG, Wood DE "Multi-modality mediastinal staging for lung cancer among medicare beneficiaries." Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2009 Mar; 4; 3; 355-63


    Wood DE "Cardiothoracic surgery: a specialty divided or as one." The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2009 Jan; 137; 1; 1-9


    Springmeyer SC, Bolliger CT, Waddell TK, Gonzalez X, Wood DE "Treatment of heterogeneous emphysema using the spiration IBV valves." Thoracic surgery clinics 2009 May; 19; 2; 247-53, ix-x


    Wood DE, Farjah F "Global differences in the training, practice, and interrelationship of cardiac and thoracic surgeons." The Annals of thoracic surgery 2009 Aug; 88; 2; 515-21; discussion 521-2


    Farjah F, Wood DE, Mulligan MS, Krishnadasan B, Heagerty PJ, Symons RG, Flum DR "Safety and efficacy of video-assisted versus conventional lung resection for lung cancer." The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2009 Jun; 137; 6; 1415-21

    Other Interests

    Personal Interests: Dr. Wood enjoys traveling with his family. He is an avid photographer, downhill and water skier, and likes to run and lift weights to keep fit. He has aspirations to become skilled in kite boarding, but has not quite mastered it yet.


    Clinical Interests: Thoracic oncology (lung, esophageal, mediastinal and chest wall tumors); benign and malignant airway disease; and emphysema surgery.

    Research Interests: Tracheobronchial pathology, thoracic oncology and lung volume reduction surgery.

    Dr. Wood developed one of the early programs in lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for severe emphysema, initiating the program at UW in 1994. He was a major participant in the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) for which he was a co–principal investigator and wrote the surgical protocols for Medicare and the National Institutes of Health. The Agency for Health Research and Quality also sponsored a cost-effectiveness analysis of LVRS within the treatment trial, the largest cost-effectiveness study ever performed in a clinical study. He was the primary NETT clinician involved in the cost-effectiveness study; he subsequently worked directly with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials in developing the national coverage determinations for LVRS and the site selection criteria.

    His second major area of clinical interest is tracheobronchial pathology, and he has developed a large interventional bronchoscopy program that complements the surgical airway program at UW. This interest in bronchoscopic intervention and surgical therapy for emphysema has served as the basis for his involvement in the evaluation of endobronchial therapy for emphysema. He is one of the principal investigators of the Spiration IBV™ clinical trial, which is evaluating the effectiveness of endobronchial valves for the palliation of severe emphysema.

    Teaching Interests:
    Dr. Wood has been devoted to graduate medical education throughout his career. He is the program director of thoracic surgery at UWMC and serves as a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he is chair of the Thoracic Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

    He has been on the program committees of each of the major U.S. cardiothoracic and oncology societies and has led the general thoracic postgraduate programs at the thoracic surgical scientific meetings.

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Affiliated Community Providers