Robert Cameron, MD is one of the leading experts in North America on the treatment of pleural mesothelioma and serves as Scientific Advisor for The Pacific Meso Center. Dr. Cameron has been treating mesothelioma patients for over 20 years. He is the innovator of the lung-sparing Pleurectomy/Decortication surgical procedure for mesothelioma and has performed the procedure on hundreds of patients to date.
Dr. Cameron is board certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery and has been involved in numerous research studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, the UCSF School of Medicine and UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Cameron also serves as the director of the mesothelioma program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the chief of thoracic surgery at the West Los Angeles Veterans’ Administration Medical Center.
Dr. Cameron has authored or co-authored more than 35 papers regarding oncology, thoracic surgery, and other topics subject to peer review in medical journals, as well as more than 38 book chapters. He has edited two textbooks, one on laboratory research techniques and one, Practical Oncology, on the treatment of cancer. He has given numerous invited lectures. He has reviewed articles submitted by others for Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Cancer Research, the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Lung Cancer, the Journal of Immunology, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the Annals of Surgery, the Journal of Immunotherapy, and as well as other publications.
Through its association with Dr. Cameron, The PMC is an authoritative resource from which mesothelioma patients can obtain information on the latest treatment options to help them make informed treatment decisions. The PMC also supports the research efforts of Dr. Cameron which may someday lead to a cure for mesothelioma.
Dr. Cameron is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, the International Society for Biologic Therapy of Cancer, the American Association for Cancer Research and the International College of Surgeons.
Dr. Cameron attended medical school at the University of Michigan and UCLA, where he obtained his medical degree and was elected to early membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society after his second year at the University of Michigan (top 4% of students). He completed three years of training as a clinical associate in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, a five-year residency in general surgery at UCLA, and a two-year fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Cornell-New York Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Dr. Cameron is a co-founder and former director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the first medical research foundation dedicated to sponsoring research into advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma.