Dr. Robert Cameron is the Director and founder of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Center at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is also the scientific advisor for the Pacific Heart Lung and Blood Institute as well as serving as a senior professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California. He also serves as the chief of thoracic surgery at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center. He continues to hold the title of Professor of Surgery UCLA since 2008.
Dr. Cameron received his undergraduate degree with distinction from Stanford University, attended the University of Michigan and UCLA, where he received his medical degree. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the University of California. Following that he completed a Fellowship in oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda Maryland. He then headed to New York and a Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at New York Hospital- Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Cameron is board certified in both surgery and thoracic and cardiothoracic surgery.
He is the co-founder and former director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the only non-profit dedicated to finding funding for research towards a cure for mesothelioma. Dr. Cameron has been treating patients with mesothelioma for over 20 + years. He is passionate about the importance of research in treating and hopefully curing mesothelioma patients. He has delivered many lectures and has authored many articles on the care and treatment of mesothelioma. Dr. Cameron is a passionate and vocal voice in the mesothelioma community about the importance of lung sparing surgery and what the best treatment options are for mesothelioma. Dr. Cameron prides himself in teaching patients that he can help control the disease and some of its symptoms but unfortunately there is not yet a cure for mesothelioma. He has been a leader in the movement to treat mesothelioma as a chronic disease with an emphasis on quality of life for patients and families. In accomplishing this goal, he has become a leader in cryoablation therapy and cutting edge robotic surgery. Dr. Cameron has started and hosted a yearly conference about the benefits of lung sparing surgery for mesothelioma patients. This year’s conference will be held September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Cameron’s passion for treating patients with cancer is personal in nature. He has watched many people in his family die from cancer at too early an age. The mesothelioma community is fortunate to have a talented, dedicated, fearless advocate for mesothelioma patients in Dr. Cameron!
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