Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Residency

Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, is an expert thoracic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive approaches to treating lung cancer, investigating new approaches to lung disease, and treating esophageal conditions. He is director of Thoracic Surgery, as well as program director in the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai's Department of Surgery. He is a leading expert in the use of robotic surgery for lung cancer and other lung diseases. He is also a top surgeon in the use of video-assisted thoracic surgery, or VATS, an approach developed at Cedars-Sinai to operate on the lungs through small incisions, avoiding damage to the chest wall and allowing for quicker recovery time for patients. In addition to his expertise in treating lung conditions, Dr. Soukiasian is an expert in both open and minimally invasive approaches to esophageal cancer as well as benign esophageal and foregut diseases, such as reflux, hiatal hernia and achalasia.

He has been a leader in research on the use of VATS surgery to remove only the affected portion of the lung as an effective alternative to removing an entire lobe. Dr. Soukiasian has also explored the use of this technique to treat other lung and esophageal conditions. His research interests include minimally invasive alternatives for cardio-thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, and novel approaches in treating lung and esophageal cancers.

He is the author of more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed publications. A much sought after speaker, Dr. Soukiasian has lectured and presented at more than 60 national and international scientific and surgical conferences. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, as well as a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships.

He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.