Raphael Bueno, MD, Named Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgery in the Field of Surgical Oncology at Harvard Medical School

Raphael Bueno, MD
Fredric G. Levin Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Cancer Research, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-Director, Lung Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgery in the Field of Surgical Oncology, Harvard Medical School

Raphael Bueno, MD, is chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Fredric Levin Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Cancer Research and the Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgery in the Field of Surgical Oncology at Harvard Medical School. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Harvard College and medical training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He subsequently trained in general surgery at the Brigham and thoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and joined the Brigham thoracic faculty in 1996. Over the past 21 years, Dr. Bueno has developed robust clinical and research portfolios at the Brigham. He has also mentored many fellows and staff and previously served as the cardiothoracic residency director at the Brigham.

His clinical focus is management of thoracic malignancies particularly mesothelioma, lung cancer, and esophageal cancer. His main research interests center on the molecular events that lead to malignancy in mesothelioma and lung cancer. Specifically, Dr. Bueno focuses on developing biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis, and predicting therapy in malignant pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer. His research also includes tumor sequencing and identification of targetable pathways. He runs a molecular biology lab at the George W. Thorn Medical Research Building and has been funded for almost two decades by the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, and various foundations and industry grants. He has invented, patented and licensed several algorithms and medical devices for patient care, some having been licensed by industry. Dr. Bueno has also invented and continues to develop several novel surgical procedures and devices.

Dr. Bueno is a member of numerous prestigious national and international professional societies. He has been an invited lecturer at teaching hospitals and universities around the country and internationally. At the Brigham, he has built the largest division of thoracic surgery in the U.S., with 25 faculty members and five affiliated network sites in New England and co-founded the Brigham Lung Center and the Lung Research Center. Dr. Bueno continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in patient care.

Welcoming New Faculty – O. Yusef Kudsi, MD, MBA

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kudsi as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

O. Yusef Kudsi, MD, MBA
Associate Surgeon, Part-time, Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Dr. Kudsi earned his medical degree from the University of Aleppo in Syria, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in tissue engineering at the Brigham, a surgical residency at Lankenau Medical Center, a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an advanced MIS travelling fellowship at IRCAD Institute and the University Hospital of Strasbourg in France. He pursued an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship and co-founded DigitalSurgical, which has its own patented technology in intra-operative real-time 3D micrometer scanning and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Kudsi has performed over 3,500 robotic surgeries, assisted in setting up robotic programs in the Americas, Europe, and Asia and has taught hernia surgery to over 1,000 surgeons. Throughout his career, he has assumed prominent leadership roles at Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE). He founded the Robotic Surgery Collaboration (RSC), a vicarious learning platform that brings together more than 10,000 surgeons to discuss the latest in robotic surgery and to learn how to effectively integrate robotic surgery at their institutions, and he has organized numerous international summits.

Dr. Kudsi also established an accredited MIS fellowship and a funded clinical research fellowship focused on abdominal wall reconstruction, robotic and artificial intelligence surgery. He has written over 100 original peer reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters and is the editor of five robotic textbooks with over 100 national and international presentations.

Dr. Kudsi’s clinical interests include robotic complex abdominal wall reconstruction and abdominal core health. His research interests include machine learning, artificial intelligence and digital surgery.

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, and Louis Nguyen, MD, MBA, MPH, Awarded $1.6M National Institutes of Health Grant

Dr. Cooper and Dr. Nguyen have been awarded a $1.6M NIH National Institute on Aging grant for the program Mentored Research Training in Aging and Surgery (MERITAS).

The Mentored Research Training in Aging and Surgery (MERITAS) program at the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital will train surgical residents in health services research at the intersection of surgery and aging, with particular focus on frailty, Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, multimorbidity and serious illness. The overall goal of this training program is to create a diverse community of superbly trained surgeon-scientists to conduct studies and take on the mounting research, clinical and policy challenges to improving care for older surgical patients.

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc
Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair in Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Chair, Executive Advisory Committee, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Health
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Cooper is an acute care surgeon, trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also serves as Kessler director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), chair of the Executive Advisory Committee for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Health and director of the Center for Geriatric Surgery. Dr. Cooper is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and adjunct faculty at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research. A graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Cooper completed her general surgery residency and critical care fellowship at the Brigham; a trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington; and training in hospice and palliative medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham.

Her research aims to improve palliative and geriatric care for older seriously ill surgical patients. A national leader in surgical palliative care and geriatric trauma, she has authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and abstracts and lectures nationally about surgical care in complex older patients. Dr. Cooper is currently funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), the Department of Defense and is a co-investigator on multiple federally funded grants. She also serves on numerous editorial boards and committees for professional societies, Mass General Brigham and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Louis L. Nguyen, MD, MPH, MBA
Vice Chair for Digital Health Systems, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Fellowship Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Nguyen has a career that combines clinical practice, outcomes research and digital health. He is associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a practicing vascular surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within the Department of Surgery, he serves as the vice chair for Digital Health Systems; fellowship director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health; and within the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, he is the director of Clinical and Outcomes Research, as well as the director of Quality, Safety, and Value. 

Dr. Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at Northwestern University.  He then received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his business administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.  He completed his general surgery residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University in St. Louis, the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a vascular surgery clinical fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  During his clinical fellowship, he also earned a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Nguyen’s health services research program combines clinical outcomes and economic analysis with three major focus areas: quantitative modeling of complex socioeconomic factors and interactions in patient care; quality and incentives in provider and systems health care delivery; and health care environmental sustainability. His fields of expertise include racial and ethnic disparities, innovation and market competition, novel statistical methods in HSR and the application of behavioral economics to implementation programs. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). His unique education and experiences allow him to bring medical expertise to health economics research and to bring econometric analytical techniques to medical research. He is most proud of his research mentorship of students, residents, and young faculty who come from diverse medical and surgical specialties for research training.  In his role as fellowship director at CSPH, he oversees the research and career development of surgical residents during their academic years.

Dr. Nguyen’s clinical interests are in vascular and endovascular surgery.  He utilizes a combination of open and minimally invasive modalities to diagnose and treat diseases of the arterial and venous system.  He is nationally recognized for his care of vascular thoracic outlet syndrome, a rare condition affecting young active adults. He is also a recognized expert in the treatment of acute and chronic venous disease, having a broad referral base for patients with complex venous issues.