Recently, 13 physicians were appointed as members of the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons for the NYPD. Among those physicians was mesothelioma specialist Dr. Raja M. Flores.

This May, Dr. Flores was also honored at the ADAO conference. He was awarded the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award for his passion for surgically treating his patients.

Being Honored by the Society of Honorary Police Surgeons

The process of becoming a physician for the NYPD is tedious. All of the nominees go through a process where their qualifications are thoroughly reviewed by the society.

It is considered a great honor to be a physician that is picked by the NYPD. When a service member or one of their family members are injured or sick, these honorary surgeons will treat and care for them.

“It is truly a privilege to serve the members of the NYPD who serve us and put their lives on the line every day,” commented Dr. Flores.

Getting to Know Dr. Raja M. Flores

Image of dr FloresDr. Raja Flores is the chairman of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai. He serves as a professor in the department as well. Dr. Flores is also known as the director of the Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program at the Tisch Cancer Institute.

Dr. Raja M. Flores is a well-known name in the mesothelioma community. He is recognized for his dedication and efforts for treating mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

Among his years of practice, Dr. Flores has developed a unique approach to treating his patients surgically. He has implemented the VATS lobectomy program at Mount Sinai.

Based on Dr. Flores’ research, he has discovered that a VATS lobectomy can be very effective for mesothelioma patients.

According to Mount Sinai, “Dr. Flores currently has one of the largest VATS lobectomy experiences in the world.”

This procedure has showcased

  • Higher survival rates
  • Less chances of cancer recurrence
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stays
To learn more about what a VATS lobectomy is, check out this short video.

Exploring Mesothelioma at Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai consists of more than 7,000 primary and specialty care physicians. Among these medical experts, you can find Dr. Raja M. Flores and his team pioneering new approaches for treating mesothelioma.

“Our goal is to treat the patient, not the disease,” states the Mount Sinai website.

In the mesothelioma department, specialists take into consideration all of the aspects of caring for their patient. Next, they work together to coordinate the best treatment options that are available at Mount Sinai.

Mesothelioma patients have the best outcomes when they participate in multi-modality treatment. At Mount Sinai, a patient’s treatment is specialized for them. It may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy.

Dr. Flores and his team participate extensively in researching mesothelioma and how to cure it. Their overall mission is to perform lung-sparing procedures. However, the department has successes in performing extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy/decortication.

Fun Fact: Mount Sinai is a member of many national consortiums that use mesothelium tissue specimens. Participating in organizations like this helps with understanding and enhancing ways to treat mesothelioma.
Check out what Dr. Raja M. Flores has to say about treating mesothelioma patients.

If you have any questions about Dr. Flores or Mount Sinai, feel free to contact Mesothelioma Guide’s nurse Jenna at 888-385-2024 extension 102. You may also email her at

Have you been a patient of Dr. Raja M. Flores? We’d love to hear from you.
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About the Writer, Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She writes and edits pages to make sure that mesothelioma patients and their families receive the most current and significant information about mesothelioma.