This Series "Socioeconomic Disparities in the Treatment of Thoracic Malignancies" is edited by Drs. Kei Suzuki and Virginia Litle from Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. Suzuki is board certified in thoracic and general surgery, with clinical interest in robotic surgery and research interest in early detection and prognostication of lung cancer as well as socioeconomic disparity in the screening and treatment of lung cancer patients.
Dr. Suzuki did his general surgery residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. During his general surgery residency, he spent 2 years in the Adusumilli Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he dedicated time investigating immune response in stage I lung adenocarcinoma. He then completed cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Presbyterian/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Upon graduating, he joined Boston Medical Center in 2017 and has been on faculty since.
Dr. Suzuki is the author of various publications and book chapters and is actively involved in clinical and translational research. He is the site director for the Joint Lung Cancer Trialist’s Coalition Stablemates Trial, which is investigating the efficacy of wedge resection versus radiotherapy for stage I lung cancer patients. He has obtained several funding for his research, which includes study of immune response in stage I lung cancer as well as investigating other factors to improve the yield of lung cancer screening. Dr. Suzuki holds positions on several committees in the hospital.
Dr. Litle is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received her medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine. Dr. Litle completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, CA, and completed fellowships in both Surgical Oncology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. At Boston Medical Center Dr. Litle is Chief of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery, and Director of the Minimally Invasive Esophageal, Barrett’s Esophagus and Thoracic Clinical Research Programs.
Dr. Litle’s particular clinical interests include management of benign and malignant esophageal diseases and ablative therapies of esophageal and airway pathology. Her particular research interests include risk-stratification for prevention of venothromboembolic (VTE) events following thoracic surgery, disparities in management of thoracic malignancies and global esophageal cancer screening with a sponge technique. Dr. Litle is a member of the AATS, ESTS, STSA, ISMICS and STS and is a past president of Women in Thoracic Surgery. She serves as an Associate Editor of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, as Treasurer of The Thoracic Surgery Foundation and is a co-chair of the ESTS/AATS VTE Committee. Her additional interests include global surgery, mentorship of medical students and surgery residents, tennis, skiing and patronizing the arts.
- Lung cancer screening: Program implementation in the safety net hospital settings
- Lung cancer treatment: Early stage (surgical)
- Lung cancer treatment: Early stage (SBRT)
- Lung cancer treatment: Advanced stage
- Esophageal cancer presentation/treatment
- ERATS implementation and the hospital classification
- Gender issues in the treatment of thoracic malignancies
- Socioeconomic Disparities in Extra-thoracic Malignancies
The series “Socioeconomic Disparities in the Treatment of Thoracic Malignancies” was commissioned by the editorial office, Journal of Thoracic Disease without any sponsorship or funding. Kei Suzuki and Virginia Litle served as the unpaid Guest Editors for the series.