Dr. Farjah is a thoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and other lung diseases.
Patients seek out specialists for various reasons—symptoms, a diagnosis, a cure, advice on further testing, a first, second, or even third opinion on disease management, specialized treatment, follow-up, palliation, and/or hope. I am committed to understanding patients’ goals and helping them achieve their goals using my training and experience, as well as my network of colleagues and healthcare resources.
Thoracic surgery; minimally invasive surgery; lung cancer; mesothelioma; esophageal cancer; mediastinal and chest wall tumors; tumors metastatic to the lung
- Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Medical Director of the Surgical Outcomes Research Center, University of Washington School of Medicine
- MD: Oregon Health and Science University
- Residency: University of Washington Medical Center
- Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Farhood Farjah, MD, MPH has always been interested in helping and working directly with people, service, and science. “Medicine is natural place where all these interests intersect,” he said.
In Dr. Farjah’s opinion, cancer patients are inspiring and brave. “They are typically and suddenly faced with an imminently life-threatening diagnosis and have to make critical decisions often in the face of uncertainty. Regardless of the path they choose, they almost always rise above this adversity and achieve their true goals,” he said.
He is involved in research examining how doctors deliver care to lung cancer patients in the United States. The goal of this work is to improve care delivery so that all patients have the best possible outcome. Other goals of this work are to increase the quality and value of thoracic oncologic care.
“I believe we will do a better job preventing lung cancer by more effectively providing people the means by which to stop smoking,” he said. “I believe we will offer lung cancer screening to more at-risk people than we currently do. And, that we will develop better decision-making tools for patients and doctors. As a result, we will be able to better tailor the use of diagnostics and therapeutics to suit each individual.
Outside of work, Dr. Farjah enjoys grilling, playing the guitar, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.