Dr. Adam Bograd

Thoracic Surgeon at the Swedish Cancer Institute

Dr. Adam Bograd is a thoracic surgeon at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington. He is soon to be the center's head of mesothelioma treatment. He is continuing to mold it into the best in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Adam Bograd

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Pleural Mesothelioma

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Swedish Cancer Institute

1221 Madison St., Seattle, Washington 98104


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More Information About Mesothelioma Specialist Dr. Adam Bograd

Dr. Bograd had two fellowships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and one involved lab work for mesothelioma cases. He looked into T-cell therapy as a viable treatment for mesothelioma.

During this fellowship, he became interested in treatment for the rare cancer. His second fellowship, in thoracic surgery, led him to train in procedures for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Swedish Cancer Institute is one of a scarce few mesothelioma centers in the Pacific Northwest. It’s part of Swedish Health Services, which has multiple medical center locations around the Seattle metropolitan area.

“Not a lot of people devote attention to patients with rare diseases. Mesothelioma is no different in this sense,” Dr. Bograd said. “I don’t think a lot of people are caught up on the treatment of mesothelioma, or they make treatment decisions based on old or inaccurate data. Case in point, people not being referred for surgical evaluation based on … a notoriously flawed study. I place a ton of pressure on myself to provide high quality up-to-date care for patients.”

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Medical Degrees and Residencies

    • Medical Degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, 2008
    • Residency in General Surgery at New York University, 2015
    • Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, 2017
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Certifications and Memberships

    • Certified in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery
    • Certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery

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Dr. Bograd works for the highly regarded Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington. He’s about to be the head of mesothelioma treatment at the center, working with another specialist, Dr. Eric Vallieres.

Why Choose Dr. Bograd?

  • Trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Performs extended pleurectomy/decortication surgery
  • Research interest in new treatments, such as T-cell therapy

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Lung-Sparing Surgery the Preference

Dr. Bograd and the thoracic cancer team see 10-15 mesothelioma cases a year. Around five are operable, which puts the Swedish Cancer Institute and Dr. Bograd near the top of West Coast cancer centers for volume of pleural mesothelioma cases. Most of the cases come from Washington, with a few from nearby states like Montana and Alaska.

Dr. Bograd, like many specialists, prefers to spare the lung for pleural mesothelioma surgery. This operation is called pleurectomy/decortication, or P/D.

The other surgery is extrapleural pneumonectomy, or EPP. This type of surgery removes the entire affected lung.

“I prefer to spare the lung if possible,” Dr. Bograd said, noting it’s much better for quality of life and follow-up treatment. “I think their ability and health to get further treatments is more robust.”

Positive Reviews From Patients

Dr. Bograd received 4.9 out of 5 stars for 56 patient reviews on his doctor page. It’s one of the highest ratings of any doctor on the Swedish Medical Center website.

“Dr. Bograd is the best,” one patient wrote in February 2021. “He changed my life in a meaningful way and I can’t thank him and his team enough.”

Part of the reason his patients appreciate him is his approach to communication. He aptly balances the realities of mesothelioma with hope for long-term survival.

“It’s hard,” he said. “It’s probably the hardest thing to do. You don’t want to be too optimistic but you also want to provide some hope for them.

“I tell them, ‘This is what this therapy did for these patients.’ You just go over everything with them.”

How to See Dr. Bograd for Treatment

We can help you connect with Dr. Bograd and his Swedish Cancer Institute colleagues. Our free Doctor Match program is the quickest way to get a list of specialists in your area and elsewhere who can treat your diagnosis.

You can also email our registered nurse, Karen Ritter, at karen@mesotheliomaguide.com. Her patient advocacy has helped many get the treatment they need.

Sources & Author

  1. Adam J. Bograd, M.D. Swedish Health Services. Retrieved from: https://www.swedish.org/doctors/thoracic-surgery/wa/seattle/adam-bograd-1245406909. Accessed: 08/02/2023.
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About the Writer, Karen Ritter, RN BSN

Karen Ritter, a registered nurse, is the lead patient advocate for Mesothelioma Guide. She has a deep passion for patient care, which includes helping patients and their families search for treatment options at the top mesothelioma cancer centers. She finds the balance between encouraging patients to receive the best treatment possible while enjoying their time with loved ones and friends. Karen is a valuable asset for patients due to her knowledge of mesothelioma, compassion for the victims of this disease and dedication to guiding patients through their treatment journey.