Bueno Named Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery

Raphael Bueno, MD

Raphael Bueno, MD, has accepted the position of chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at BWH. He has served as acting division chief since November 2013 and will officially assume the role on June 1, succeeding past Chief David Sugarbaker, MD, who has joined Baylor College of Medicine.

As associate chief of Thoracic Surgery and professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Bueno is an NCI-funded investigator who seamlessly combines translational research with a general thoracic surgery practice. Since becoming associate chief in 2001, he has taken on increasing responsibilities in the administration of the division.

Joining BWH’s Department of Surgery as an associate surgeon in 1996, Bueno was promoted to senior surgeon in the Division of Thoracic Surgery in 2004. He also serves as senior surgeon at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and Carney Hospital.

His primary research involves the development of novel translational tools in genomics that can be used to identify candidate predictive and diagnostic markers for cancer, as well as novel targets for therapy, specifically mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Bueno attended Harvard College, where he majored in biochemistry. He earned his MD at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received the Henry A. Christian award, named after Peter Bent Brigham Hospital’s first physician-in-chief. Bueno began his graduate medical training as an intern in surgery at BWH, followed by a surgical residency. He completed a cardiothoracic residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and was recruited back to the Brigham to establish a thoracic surgery practice and research laboratory.