Kassem Harris, MD, FCCP

Department of Medicine, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY, USA

Dr. Harris received his medical degree from the Lebanese University and completed his residency and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, USA. He completed his Interventional Pulmonology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, USA. 

Dr. Harris started an Interventional Pulmonology Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the State University of New York in Buffalo city where he initiated a medical thoracoscopy and advanced bronchoscopy programs. He performs diagnostic bronchoscopy, such as curvilinear and radial endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy, alongside a wide range of therapeutic bronchoscopic procedures, such as flexible and rigid bronchoscopy with airway stenting using metallic, silicone or hybrid stents, LASER therapy, electro cautery, Argon plasma coagulation, and cryotherapy.

Dr. Harris is committed toward ongoing personal and professional development. He authored multiple papers on diagnostic and therapeutic advanced bronchoscopy for complex airway diseases, pleuroscopy and pleural procedures. His primary research focus is on new bronchoscopic therapies for lung cancer patients using photodynamic therapy and other new drug agents and on developing new bronchoscopic techniques for the diagnosis of peripheral lung nodules.

Articles Published in the Journal of Thoracic Disease

Endobronchial ultrasound—guidance for interstitial photodynamic therapy of locally advanced lung cancer—a new interventional concept

Preface of Interventional Pulmonology Corner

Infections causing central airway obstruction: role of bronchoscopy in diagnosis and management

Optical imaging of tissue obtained by transbronchial biopsies of peripheral lung lesions

Initial experience of medical pleuroscopy via the peel-away introducer of the indwelling pleural catheter using a thin bronchoscope

Asymptomatic malignant pleural effusion: to observe or to manage

Rare airway tumors: an update on current diagnostic and management strategies

Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in managing persistent air leaks

An unusual foreign body aspiration requiring an unusual retrieval technique