Tracheal Diseases: Find a Tracheal Disease Expert

At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, our Complex Airway Program provides comprehensive care for patients with tracheal diseases — from diagnosis to treatment to surveillance after therapy. The team includes thoracic surgeons, interventional pulmonologists, head and neck surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists, and radiologists.

Select from the list below to learn more about our team of experts, including their education, training, board certifications, current publications, and specific areas of expertise.

Thoracic Surgery

Prasad S. Adusumilli, MD
Prasad S. Adusumilli
Deputy Chief, Thoracic Service
Manjit S. Bains, MD, FACS
Manjit S. Bains
Min H. & Yu-Fan C. Kao Chair in Thoracic Cancer
Robert J. Downey, MD, FACS
Robert J. Downey
James Huang, MD
James Huang
Nabil Pierre Rizk, MD, FACS
Nabil Pierre Rizk
Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS -- Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Surgery; Miner Family Chair in Intrathoracic Cancers
Valerie W. Rusch
Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Surgery; Miner Family Chair in Intrathoracic Cancers

Head and Neck Surgery

Pictured: Luc G. T. Morris
Luc G. T. Morris
Catherine and Frederick R. Adler Chair for Junior Faculty

Interventional Pulmonology

Pictured: Mohit Chawla
Mohit Chawla
Director, Interventional Pulmonology; Co-Director, Complex Airway Program
Robert P. Lee, MD
Robert P. Lee



William L. Marx, MD -- Chief, Anesthesiology Service
William L. Marx
Chief, Anesthesiology Service
David Amar, MD -- Director, Thoracic Anesthesia
David Amar
Director, Thoracic Anesthesia
Dawn P. Desiderio, MD
Dawn P. Desiderio
Acting Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Anne C. Kolker
Alessia Pedoto

Critical Care Medicine

Neil A. Halpern, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FACP -- Chief, Critical Care Medicine Service; Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy
Neil A. Halpern
Chief, Critical Care Medicine Service; Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy
Pictured: Stephen Pastores
Stephen M. Pastores
Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program; Director, Critical Care Research
Sanjay Chawla, MD, FCCP
Sanjay Chawla
Kaye E. Hale, MD
Kaye E. Hale
Nina D. Raoof
Pictured: Louis Voigt
Louis P. Voigt

Social Work


Nurses play an important role in caring for patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering and are often the members of the treatment team with whom you will have the most contact. Your nurses bring extraordinary knowledge, experience, and expertise to your care because they specialize in helping people with your particular type of cancer. Your nurses will help you through your experience at Memorial Sloan Kettering whether you are being treated in the hospital or as an outpatient.

Nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering collaborate with doctors and other members of your patient care team to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. The nurses on your team provide a range of services — administering therapies, monitoring your treatment and watching out for side effects, educating you and your family about what to expect during treatment, and offering emotional support. Nurses also help coordinate your appointments, communicate important information to various members of your patient care team, and keep track of other details related to your treatment. Nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering maintain a patient-centered focus, placing your needs and preferences first.