Manjit S. Bains

About Me

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.

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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. 

In addition to lecturing nationally and internationally, I am a member of nearly two dozen professional societies, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International College of Surgeons, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

I have contributed more than 150 journal articles on the role of multimodality therapy in thoracic malignancies. Clear communication with patients is critical to ensuring an optimal outcome, a belief reflected in my co-authorship of 100 Questions & Answers about Esophageal Cancer (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.; 2nd edition; 2009).

During my career, I was honored to receive an honorary fellowship of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons as well as the Weill Cornell Medical College Excellence in Teaching Award  in 2007.

I was born in Punjab, India, and am fluent in English, Punjabi, and Hindi.

  • 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
  • Education: MD, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi)
  • Residencies: Queens Hospital Center (New York); Rochester General Hospital; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Fellowships: The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

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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.

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“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.

“Results of surgical treatment in non‑small cell carcinoma of the lung: the MSK experience.” Martini N, Bains MS, McCormack PM, Kaiser LR, Burt ME, Pomerantz AH. In: Lung Tumors. Hoogstraten B, ed. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag; 1987.

“Transabdominal esophago-gastrectomy for the ‘poor-risk’ patient.” Bains MS. In: International Trends in General Thoracic Surgery. Wilkins EW, Wong J, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 1988.

“Tumors of the mediastinum.” Martini N, McCormack PM, Rusch VW, Bains MS, Burt ME. In: Comprehensive Textbook of Oncology. Vol 1. 2nd ed. Moosa AR, Schimpff SC, Robson MC, eds. Philadelphia: Williams & Wilkins; 1991: 711–731.

“Resection of pulmonary metastases.” McCormack PM, Ginsberg RJ, Bains MS, Burt ME, Martini N, Rusch VW. In: Colorectal Cancer. Wanebo HJ, ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 1993: 437–442.

“Unusual Malignancies.” Rizk N, Bains MS and Tang L. In: Pearson’s Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery. 3rd ed. Patterson GA, Pearson FG, Cooper JD, Deslauriers J, Rice TW, Luketich JD, Lerut AEMR, eds. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone; 2008: 532–544.


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