I am a general thoracic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic cancers, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, pulmonary metastases, mediastinal tumors, thymomas, and pleural mesothelioma. I have special interests in esophageal cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, minimally invasive esophageal and lung surgery, and minimally invasive esophageal cancer and lung cancer diagnostic and staging procedures including endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and laparoscopy.
My primary research interest is in evaluating esophageal cancer treatment outcomes. As the director of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Esophagus Cancer Database, I have investigated questions which will allow clinicians to better tailor the treatment of esophageal cancer. This includes refining the staging of esophagus cancer by PET scan and EUS, better defining the pathologic staging of esophagus cancer, and evaluating the results of various surgical alternatives for esophageal cancer. In the laboratory, my focus is on improving molecular means of predicting treatment response in esophageal cancer, as well as investigating new technologies in animal models which might make esophageal cancer surgery safer and less invasive.
- Clinical Expertise: Lung and Esophageal Cancers; Thymic Malignancies; Pulmonary Metastases; Mesothelioma; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS); EBUS; Rigid Bronchoscopy; Tracheobronchial and Esophageal Stents
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Yale University School of Medicine
- Residencies: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Fellowships: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
- Board Certifications: General Surgery; Thoracic Surgery
Selected Book Chapters
“Unusual malignancies.” Rizk N, Bains MS, Tang L. In: Pearson’s Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery. 3rd ed. Patterson GA, Pearson FG, Cooper JD, Deslauriers J, Rice TW, Luketich JD, Lerut AEMR, eds. New York: Churchill Livingston; 2008: 532-544.
“Surgery techniques: three-field esophagectomy.” Sarkaria IS, Rizk NP, Rusch VW. In: Esophageal Tumors: Principles and Practice. Jobe B, Hunter J, Thomas C, eds. New York: Demos Medical; 2011: 583-589.)
“Postoperative complications and their management.” Rizk NP. In: Cancer of the Esophagus. Bains MS, Nundy S, eds. New Delhi: Elsevier; 2011: 111-118.
“Clinical staging of esophageal cancer.” Rizk NP. In: Cancer of the Esophagus. Bains MS, Nundy S, eds. New Delhi: Elsevier; 2011: 30-36.
“The operative approach to esophageal cancer – a framework. Rizk NP. In: Cancer of the Esophagus. Bains MS, Nundy S, eds. New Delhi: Elsevier; 2011: 60-66.
“Pericardial procedures.” Rizk NP. In: Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 3rd ed. Kaiser LR, Kron IL, Spray TL, eds. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. In press.
Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.