UCLA Medical Center

10790 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90025

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center is part of the UCLA Health system. The medical center, named after former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, is affiliated with the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Pleural Mesothelioma

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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

10790 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, California

Dr. Robert Cameron

Dr. Jay Lee

Dr. Bryan Burt


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More About Mesothelioma Treatment at UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Medical Center, which opened in the 1960s, is dedicated to patient care and recovery for all types of cancer. Lung cancer therapy and mesothelioma treatment are tentpoles at the institution.

The thoracic surgery team includes a groundbreaking specialist. He helped create the pleurectomy with decortication surgery.

The team also includes: Dr. Bryan Burt, a thoracic surgeon; and Dr. Jay Lee, the Surgical Director of the UCLA Thoracic Oncology Program. Dr. Burt previously worked at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lee is a member of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group.

Dr. Fereidoun Abtin is an interventional radiologist at UCLA. He’s an important part of the diagnostic process for mesothelioma.

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Experienced Mesothelioma Specialists

    • Dr. Robert Cameron, pleural mesothelioma/thoracic surgeon
    • Dr. Jay Lee, Surgical Director of UCLA Thoracic Oncology Program
    • Dr. Bryan Burt, thoracic surgeon
    • Dr. Fereidoun Abtin, interventional radiologist
    • Dr. Olga Olevsky, hematologist and oncologist
    • Dr. Jane Yanagawa, cardiothoracic surgeon
    • Kaily M. Byfield, nurse practitioner
    • Roma Ciella Casas Dasalla, nurse practitioner
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    • School of Medicine at UCLA
    • Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Treatment Specialties

    • Pleurectomy with decortication surgery
    • Radiation and chemotherapy
    • Tumor treating fields therapy
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Get Connected to UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Medical Center welcomes patients from across the country to receive treatment for mesothelioma. The options include surgery that leaves both lungs in the chest, which helps patients with breathing and recovery after the operation.

Why Choose UCLA?

  • Robotics-assisted techniques for surgery
  • Hosts many mesothelioma clinical trials

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Leading Center Along the West Coast

UCLA has pioneered surgery techniques targeting only the tumor while keeping the lungs, pericardium and diaphragm healthy. This is called P/D surgery.

After surgery, radiation therapy kills remaining cancer cells. Investigational therapies developed at UCLA work to target microscopic disease and slow its regrowth.

UCLA Medical Center is also approved to prescribe the Optune Lua tumor treating fields device to patients. This device is for cases where tumors cannot be removed with surgery.

The medical staff at UCLA is realistic in recognizing mesothelioma cannot be completely eliminated from the body. Instead, the physicians treat it like other chronic conditions, utilizing frequent therapies to slow or even halt growth of microscopic tumors.

Patients suffering from sarcomatoid mesothelioma also benefit from UCLA’s specific knowledge. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma requires a different kind of treatment, and UCLA has focused research specifically for this rare disease.

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Hospital Ranking

    • Listed in the U.S. News & World Report 2023-2024 hospitals Honor Roll
    • Ranked 4th in cancer treatment
    • Ranked 4th in lung cancer surgery
    • Ranked 3rd in gastrointestinal cancer surgery
    • Ranked 1st in California

Finding a Cancer Center for Mesothelioma Care

UCLA Medical Center provides a few benefits, such as:

  • Individualized treatment
  • Minimally invasive surgeries
  • Trained staff

However, other cancer centers may be a better fit for your diagnosis. The team at Mesothelioma Guide is knowledgeable of the best cancer centers for patients and maintains a relationship with the top centers.

Contact one of our patient advocates to get in touch with UCLA Medical Center. You can also get a full list of our cancer center recommendations by sending us your information here. Lastly, you can email registered nurse Karen Ritter at karen@mesotheliomaguide.com.

Sources & Author

  1. Robert B. Cameron, MD. UCLA Health. Retrieved from: https://www.uclahealth.org/providers/robert-cameron. Accessed: 09/30/2021.
  2. Mesothelioma Program. UCLA Health. Retrieved from: https://www.uclahealth.org/departments/surgery/divisions/thoracic-surgery/clinical-programs/mesothelioma-program. Accessed: 05/17/2023.
  3. Jay M. Lee, MD. UCLA Health. Retrieved from: https://www.uclahealth.org/providers/jay-lee. Accessed: 10/08/2021.
  4. Fereidoun Abtin, MD. UCLA Health. Retrieved from: https://www.uclahealth.org/providers/fereidoun-abtin. Accessed: 10/08/2021.
  5. UCLA Medical Center. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from: https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/ca/ucla-medical-center-6931755. Accessed: 09/30/2021.
Devin Golden

About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the senior content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.