Manjit S. Bains, MD, FACS

Min H. & Yu-Fan C. Kao Chair in Thoracic Cancer
Pictured: Manjit Bains

Thoracic surgeon Manjit Bains talks about how he and other internationally recognized cancer experts work together to treat patients and help them return to their everyday activities.


In my more than four-decade career as a thoracic surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I have had the privilege of caring for thousands of individuals with lung, mesothelioma, and esophageal cancers.

I divide my time between caring for these patients and preparing the next generation of medical professionals to handle these cancers with compassion and expertise — both in the clinic and in the operating room. I also hold an appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College as Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery.

I am a member of the Thoracic Disease Management Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering, which is actively involved in exploring topics such as how a tumor’s molecular characteristics impact a patient’s response to treatment. I have been responsible for creating innovative techniques in the surgical treatment of thoracic malignancies, including chest wall reconstruction with methyl methacrylate prosthesis. 

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Thoracic Surgical Oncology; Lung Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; Mediastinal Tumors; Mesothelioma; Pulmonary Metastases; Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery; Pulmonary and Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, including Laser Endoscopy; Tracheobronchial and Esophageal Stents

Languages Spoken
English; Hindi

MD, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi)


Queens Hospital Center (New York); Rochester General Hospital; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

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Publications by Manjit S. Bains

Selected Book Chapters
Basic physiology in thoracic surgery.” Beattie EJ, Jr., Bains MS. In: Surgical Disease of the Chest. Blades BB, ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 1974: 1–44.

“Cancer of the esophagus.” Bains MS. In: The Practice of Cancer Surgery. Alfonso AE, Gardner B, eds. New York: Appleton‑Century‑Crofts; 1982: 171–183. 

“Management of esophageal cancer.” Bains MS, Vagaiwala MR, Hilaris B, Beattie EJ Jr. In: Principals of Cancer Treatment. Carter S, Livingston R, eds. New York: McGraw‑Hill; 1981.

“Clinical results of treatment in chest wall tumors.” Martini N, McCormack PM, Bains MS. In: International Trends in General Thoracic Surgery.  Vol. II.  Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1986: 285–291.

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