If you go on the Internet and “Google” Dr. Raphael Bueno of Boston, you will find a host of bios and accomplishments. But Since Ellie and I have worked with him for years we would like to give an informal perspective prior to you reading all that he has established and accomplished. We both knew him as a young resident. As I remember he was always on top of his patients’ needs and their issues. He could remember the smallest details about his patients and always tried to provide the best medical care he could. These qualities are not easy in the stressful life of a young intern in a very competitive environment. He stood out as one of the brightest, interested, and, most importantly, compassionate resident. As he progressed through his career as a young doctor he was very patient with other patients and professionals. He gave patients time to speak to him about their worries and concerns. About ten years ago I remember him caring for a particular patient who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. It was a particularly busy time on the thoracic service, many sick patients and concerned family members. He would sit at his bedside and talk about life. Sometimes it was about the disease or just whatever the patient wanted to talk about. These are qualities that cannot be taught.
As a member of the medical team he is very well respected and offers the same to others. His colleagues know how committed he is to treating this disease and helping patient outcomes improve. If he is in Boston it usually is part of his routine to stop by and see each of his patients daily. If he is traveling there are usually phone calls from his fellow giving updates as needed. He checks with the patient and the nurses and listens openly. If there are issues to be resolved then he tries to offer solutions. If you need surgery and were to pick a surgeon this would be a great choice. He is very invested and will work to give you the best care and outcome possible.
Dr. Bueno is the chief of Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard University. His residency was also done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His thoracic fellowship was done across town at Mass General Hospital. After completing his fellowship he returned back to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1996 as an attending physician in the thoracic division. His most recent studies of mesothelioma involve the genetics of the tumor and the makeup of the disease. He has a wide variety of interests in the thoracic field, which include mesothelioma, lung cancer and esophageal disorders and minimally invasive surgery. He is very involved with the research of mesothelioma and how we can treat this disease. Dr. Bueno was awarded Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 2011. He also is board certified as a surgeon and critical care. Along with his many accomplishments he continues to passionately pursue better treatment option leading ultimately to a cure for mesothelioma.