Meet Our Team

Medical Director

Jason Wallen, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP

Jason M. Wallen, MD, MBA,
FACS, FCCP

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Medical Director Emerita

Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACS

Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACS
Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery


Note: While the physicians pictured below represent the core team, patients may be seen by other members of each specialty.


Meet Our Team

Ajeet Gajra, MD
Ajeet Gajra, MD
Medical Oncology
315 464-4353
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology; Hospice and Palliative Medicine; All Cancers and Hematological Conditions; Bladder Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; more
Education: University of Delhi, India
Research Interests:

Clinical trials- phase III; Geriatric Oncology; Outcomes research in cancer; Prognostic factors in cancer

Clinical Interests:

Aerodigestive Epithelial Malignancies including Non-small cell lung cancer, Small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, Head and Neck Cancers, Esophageal cancer; Clinical trials; Geriatric Oncology


Stephen L Graziano, MD
Stephen L Graziano, MD
Medical Oncology
315 464-4353
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Oncology; Hematology; All Cancers and Hematological Conditions; Lung Cancer; Mesothelioma; more
Education: University of Minnesota Medical School
Research Interests:

Participation in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
(Principal Investigator).

Education Interests:

Clinical Trials 

Solid Tumor Biology

Clinical Interests:

Lung cancer and Thoracic Malignancies

Prognostic Factors in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; lung cancer clinical trials; participation in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. 

Associations/Memberships: American Society of Clinical Oncology - ASCO; Alliance For Clinical Trials In Onconology; Thoracic Malignancy Steering Committee Of The National Cancer Institute

Jeffrey A Bogart, MD
Jeffrey A Bogart, MD
Radiation Oncology
315 464-5276
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Radiation Oncology; All Cancers and Hematological Conditions; Esophageal Cancer; Lung Cancer; Prostate Cancer; Urologic Cancers; more
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse
Research Interests:

  • Lung and prostate cancer
  • Clinical investigations through cooperative clinical trials
  • Chair: CALGB Radiation Oncology Committee

Clinical Interests:
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer including IMRT and brachytherapy
  • Breast cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Pediatric oncology
Associations/Memberships: American College of Radiology (ACR); Onondaga County Medical Society

Robert Dunton, MD
Robert Dunton, MD
Surgery
315 464-6255
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Cardiopulmonary Surgery; Achalasia; Angina; Aortic Aneurysm; Aortic Valve Regurgitation; Aortic Valve Stenosis; more
Education: Albany Medical College, NY
Research Interests:

Reducing blood utilization in cardiac surgery

Education Interests:

Clinical ethics consultations in patient care

Clinical Interests:

Reducing hospital readmissions following cardiac surgery

Reducing healthcare disparities

Associations/Memberships: American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS); American Medical Association; Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Society; American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACS
Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACS
Surgery
315 464-6303
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Thoracic Surgery; Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax) Caused by Injury; Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax) not Related to Injury; Esophageal Cancer; Hyperhidrosis; Lung Cancer; more
Education: Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests:

All aspects of thoracic oncology and lung cancer. Clinical trials in solid organ cancers.

Clinical Interests: General thoracic surgery, Multidisciplinary evaluation of lung cancer patients, Thymoma/thymectomy for myasthinia gravis, Clinical trials in thoracic malignancy.
Associations/Memberships: American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS); Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS); Women in Thoracic Surgery; American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); American Surgical Association (ASA); Association of Women Surgeons; General Thoracic Surgical Club; Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO); American College of Surgeons (ACS); American Medical Women's Association (AMWA); Medical Society of The State of New York; Onondaga County Medical Society

Jason M Wallen, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP
Jason M Wallen, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP
Surgery
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Achalasia; Esophageal Cancer; Esophageal Dysmotility; Esophageal Stricture; Esophagitis; Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); more
Research Interests:

Lung cancer, lung infections, surgery in patients with limited pulmonary capacity, minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic procedures.

Education Interests:

Surgical Education

Clinical Interests:

Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Thymus Cancer

GERD/Gastroesophageal Reflux, Hiatal Hernia, Achalasia, Esophageal Diverticla

Minimally nvasive surgery, robotic surgery, endoscopic surgery


Christopher M Curtiss, MD
Christopher M Curtiss, MD
Pathology
315 464-4750
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Surgical Pathology; Pulmonary Pathology; Lung Cancer; Lung Disease; Lung Disorders; more
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Research Interests:

Pulmonary Pathology, Lung Cancer, Interstitial Lung Disease

Clinical Interests:

Surgical Pathology, Pulmonary Pathology

Associations/Memberships: New York State Thoracic Society; College of American Pathologists (CAP); American Society for Clinical Pathology; United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

Kamal K Khurana, MD
Kamal K Khurana, MD
Pathology
315 464-4750
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Anatomic Pathology; Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology; Gynecologic Problems; Human Papillomavirus (HPV); Vaginal Cancer; more
Education: University College of Medical Sciences Delhi University, India
Research Interests:

Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration, Head & Neck Cytology

Clinical Interests: Interventional cytopathology
Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association; American Society for Clinical Pathology; American Society of Cytopathology (ASC)

Rolf A Grage, MD
Rolf A Grage, MD
Radiology
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Diagnostic Radiology; Chest Pain (Heart Related); Chest Pain (Lung Related); Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta; Heart Disease; Hodgkin's Lymphoma; more
Education: Tulane University School of Medicine
Research Interests:

Percutaneous image-guided interventions for improved diagnosis and treat ment of lung cancer.

Education Interests:

Medical imaging for diagnostic and management of diseases of the heart and lungs.

Clinical Interests:

Cardiopulmonary Imaging

Associations/Memberships: American College of Radiology (ACR); Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

Santiago Miro, MD
Santiago Miro, MD
Radiology
315 464-8668

Ernest M Scalzetti, MD
Ernest M Scalzetti, MD
Radiology
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Diagnostic Radiology; Cardiovascular MRI; Computed Tomography; Cardiomyopathy; Chest Pain (Heart Related); Chest Pain (Lung Related); more
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse
Research Interests:

  1. Percutaneous image-guided interventions for improved diagnosis and treat ment of lung cancer.
  2. Observer performance in thoracic imaging.
  3. Physiologic implications of CT and MRI of the chest, particularly CT scans made to diagnose pulmonary embolism.

Education Interests:

Medical imaging for diagnostic and management of diseases of the heart and lungs.

Clinical Interests:

Cardiopulmonary imaging; Pulmonary physiology; Lung cancer.


Kaushal Nanavati, MD
Kaushal Nanavati, MD
Integrative Therapy
315 464-4686
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Family Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Chronic Disease Management; Family-centered Care; Geriatrics; more
Clinical Interests:

Primary Care; Integrative and Holistic Medicine

Associations/Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians; New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP); American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin; Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

Dragos N Manta, MD
Dragos N Manta, MD
Pulmonary Medicine
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Medicine; Pulmonary Diseases; Critical Care Medicine; Sleep Medicine; Asthma; Chronic Bronchitis; more
Education: Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania
Research Interests:

Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders, Sleep Deprivation During Medical Training

Clinical Interests:

Sleep Medicine (Sleep Apnea, Insomia, Parasomnias), Lung Cancer, Smoking-Related Lung Disease

Associations/Memberships: American Thoracic Society (ATS); American College of Physicians (ACP); American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Manju P Paul, MD
Manju P Paul, MD
Pulmonary Medicine
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Critical Care Medicine; Interventional Pulmonology; Pulmonary Diseases; Internal Medicine
Education: St. John's Medical College, Bangalore University, India
Research Interests:

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Bronchoscopy, Pleural Diseases

Education Interests:

Lung Cancer, Complex Airway Disorders, Malignant Pleural Effusion, Asthma

Clinical Interests:

Linear and radial endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, Endobronchial cryosurgery and electrosurgery, Airway stents, Bronchial thermoplasty, Endobronchial laser resection, Rigid bronchoscopy, Balloon bronchoplasty, Medical thoracoscopy, Placement of chest tubes and PleurX catheters, Percutaneous tracheotomy tube placement

Associations/Memberships: American Thoracic Society (ATS); American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); Society of Critical Care Medicine; American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology

Birendra P Sah, MD
Birendra P Sah, MD
Pulmonary Medicine
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Diseases; Critical Care Medicine; Acute Bronchitis; Asthma; Bronchiectasis; more
Education: B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Science, Dharan, Nepal
Associations/Memberships: American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); American Thoracic Society (ATS); Society of Critical Care Medicine