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Dr. Farhood Farjah

Dr. Farhood Farjah

Thoracic surgeon, Dr. Farhood Farjah, is inspired by his patients. He and his colleagues at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance take the time to get to know the people they work with and discuss how the treatment will impact their daily lives. Dr. Farjah's is board certified for general surgery, but his clinical focus is entirely on thoracic treatment. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery, which uses a series of small incisions rather than one large one. As a result, recovery time is reduced, patients get out of the hospital faster and experience less pain.

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