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Matthew Steliga M.D.

Dr. Matthew Steliga is a thoracic surgeon who specializes in thoracic oncology. He has experience and expertise working with patients with all types of cancers of the chest cavity, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Dr. Steliga is also a specialist in and a proponent of treating patients with minimally invasive surgery whenever possible.

Trained at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Dr. Steliga now holds a position as a surgeon at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is also an associate professor of surgery there. Previously Dr. Steliga worked at the MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, a facility known for having multidisciplinary specialist teams for mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment.

Early Education and Career

Dr. Steliga earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, a freestanding medical school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He went on to complete an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis.

Following his general surgery residency Dr. Steliga completed two fellowships, both in thoracic surgery, during which he became a specialist in treating patients with thoracic diseases, especially cancers. His fellowships were at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Texas Heart Institute, also in Houston. At the Heart Institute he trained in cardiothoracic surgery, while at MD Anderson he trained with experts in thoracic oncology surgery.

The MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the original Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S., which means it is both an educational and research facility and a center for diagnosing and treating patients with cancer. The thoracic surgery division here specializes in mesothelioma and it was while learning and training in Houston that Dr. Steliga developed an interest in using surgery to treat it.

Thoracic Oncology, Mesothelioma and Other Specialties

Through his work at MD Anderson Dr. Steliga not only developed an interest in mesothelioma but also learned and trained with some of the leading experts in the country, including Dr. David Rice and Dr. Anne Tsao. After learning from these specialists Dr. Steliga became one of them and also instructed residents and interns at MD Anderson.

Dr. Steliga specializes in thoracic oncology, treating any type of surgery that may occur in the chest cavity, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, or esophageal cancer. He also specializes in minimally invasive surgery, using smaller incisions and tools in order to perform a surgery with as little harm to the patient as possible.

Minimally invasive surgery is not always possible with mesothelioma or lung cancer treatment, and Dr. Steliga is also an expert in aggressive and radical surgical procedures. These include pleurectomy/decortication, and even extrapleural pneumonectomy, which involves removing an entire lung to treat mesothelioma.

Current Position

Dr. Steliga left MD Anderson, where he worked as a surgeon and instructor, to take a position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. He holds a position as an assistant professor of surgery, educating and training the next generation of surgeons and medical doctors. He also holds a position as thoracic surgeon at the Cancer Institute in Little Rock, which is the only comprehensive cancer treatment facility in the state of Arkansas.

As a surgeon at the Cancer Institute, Dr. Steliga provides treatment for patients with some of the most difficult types of cancers, including mesothelioma. He is known for minimally invasive surgery but also for providing patients with options. He is well liked by his patients and pursues every possible treatment option. He also works as part of a multidisciplinary team in order to give patients the best care from a range of experts.

Honors, Recognitions, and Research

Dr. Steliga is a certified in surgery through the American Board of Surgery. He is also a certified thoracic and cardiac surgeon through the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He holds active medical licenses in both Texas and Arkansas. He is also active in professional associations, and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is an American Cancer Society fellow and was named a top regional doctor in 2014.

Over his training and career Dr. Steliga has been involved in multiple research projects and has authored several papers published in medical journals. His research has included work with smoking cessation programs, lung cancer interventions, rare types of lung cancer, lung cancer screenings, and case studies of patients with cancer and successful surgical treatments.

Dr. Steliga is a leader in surgical treatment for thoracic oncology, including the very difficult surgeries performed for mesothelioma patients. He specializes in using minimally invasive procedures and works with other experts to provide patients with the best care. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma you need a specialist to provide the best treatment options. Find out which experts are near you.

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