Meet Our Team
The Thoracic Oncology Program (TOP) at the Upstate Cancer Center has a multidisciplinary team of physicians from multiple specialties to give our patients the most comprehensive treatment available. Each member of this team brings a special expertise. The coordinated efforts allow for a well thought-out and streamlined diagnostic and treatment plan.
Jason M. Wallen, MD, MBA,
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Medical Director Emerita
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
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology; Hospice and Palliative Medicine; Bladder Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; Head and Neck Cancer; more
Education: University of Delhi, India
Clinical trials- phase III; Geriatric Oncology; Outcomes research in cancer; Prognostic factors in cancer
Aerodigestive Epithelial Malignancies including Non-small cell lung cancer, Small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, Head and Neck Cancers, Esophageal cancer; Clinical trials; Geriatric Oncology
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Oncology; Hematology; All Cancers and Hematological Conditions; Lung Cancer; Mesothelioma; more
Education: University of Minnesota Medical School
Participation in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
Solid Tumor Biology
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.
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
- Lung and prostate cancer
- Clinical investigations through cooperative clinical trials
- Chair: CALGB Radiation Oncology Committee
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer including IMRT and brachytherapy
- Breast cancer
- Pediatric oncology
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Cardiopulmonary Surgery; Achalasia; Angina; Aortic Aneurysm; Aortic Valve Regurgitation; Aortic Valve Stenosis; more
Education: Albany Medical College, NY
Reducing blood utilization in cardiac surgery
Clinical ethics consultations in patient care
Reducing hospital readmissions following cardiac surgery
Reducing healthcare disparities
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
All aspects of thoracic oncology and lung cancer. Clinical trials in solid organ cancers.
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Achalasia; Esophageal Cancer; Esophageal Dysmotility; Esophageal Stricture; Esophagitis; Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); more
Lung cancer, lung infections, surgery in patients with limited pulmonary capacity, minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic procedures.
Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Thymus Cancer
GERD/Gastroesophageal Reflux, Hiatal Hernia, Achalasia, Esophageal Diverticla
Minimally nvasive surgery, robotic surgery, endoscopic surgery
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Surgical Pathology; Pulmonary Pathology; Lung Cancer; Lung Disease; Lung Disorders; more
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Pulmonary Pathology, Lung Cancer, Interstitial Lung Disease
Surgical Pathology, Pulmonary Pathology
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Anatomic Pathology; Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology; Pulmonary Pathology; Lung Cancer; Lung Disease; more
Education: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Thoracic oncology and inflammatory bowel disease.
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
Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration, Head & Neck Cytology
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
- Percutaneous image-guided interventions for improved diagnosis and treat ment of lung cancer.
- Observer performance in thoracic imaging.
- Physiologic implications of CT and MRI of the chest, particularly CT scans made to diagnose pulmonary embolism.
Medical imaging for diagnostic and management of diseases of the heart and lungs.
Cardiopulmonary imaging; Pulmonary physiology; Lung cancer.
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
Primary Care; Integrative and Holistic Medicine
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Diseases; Critical Care Medicine; Asthma; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD ); Lung Disorders; more
Education: Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata, India
Associations/Memberships: American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); American Thoracic Society (ATS)
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Critical Care Medicine; Interventional Pulmonology; Pulmonary Diseases; Internal Medicine
Education: St. John's Medical College, Bangalore University, India
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Bronchoscopy, Pleural Diseases
Lung Cancer, Complex Airway Disorders, Malignant Pleural Effusion, Asthma
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
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
Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary artery Hypertension
Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Artery Hypertension