Daniela Molena, MD

Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

Dr. Daniela Molena is currently the director of esophageal Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery. She is a thoracic surgeon who dedicates her passion and expertise to diagnose and treat patients with cancer of the chest, involving lung, esophagus, mediastinum, pleura and all other parts of the chest cavity. She serves as the Director of the Esophageal Program within the Thoracic Surgery Division at MSKCC. She strives to provide excellent and individualized care to patients, integrating new technology and novel approaches. She is an advocate for the use of minimally invasive techniques (VATS, laparoscopic or robotic) whenever possible to decrease pain and enhance patient’s recovery.

Her research focuses in identifying and measuring quality indicators to improve clinical and functional outcomes after surgery, designing clinical pathways to decrease costs and improve results, and identifying racial and socioeconomic disparities that limit the access to excellent care. She is also interested in developing and studying new technologies and imaging guided approaches to direct surgical resection to be more precise, effective and less invasive.

Dr. Molena is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Society for Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract and International Society for the Diseases of the Esophagus.