Dr. Michael Peer

Dr. Michael Peer

Heart Specialist - Cardiac Surgeon,Surgical Oncologist

  Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Medical Center), Tel-Aviv, Israel

  21 Years of experience

BIOGRAPHY

Qualification and Experience 

Dr Michael Peer is a Cardiothoracic specialist at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre (Ichilov Medical Centre), Tel-Aviv, Israel with 21 years of experience.  He is currently the Head of Chest Surgery Department at Ichilov Medical Centre. Dr Peer graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University, MD (Republic of Georgia) and went on to complete his residency in thoracic surgery at Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre. He even did a course on thoracoscopic advanced lung surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, USA. He specialises in Lung Disease, lung cancer surgery as well as robotic thymectomy. He is also a lecturer at Tel Aviv University and Head of Thoracic Surgery Unit at the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, Edith Wolfson Medical Centre.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr Michael Peer is the Author of more than 20 articles on the subjects of surgery for lung cancer, mediastinal and pleural pathology and others. He is also a frequent speaker at international and local annual meetings. In 2015 Dr Peer attended a course of surgical controversies in thoracic surgery, a course at the endoscopic training centre, ESTS, Hamburg, Germany. He is also a member of many organisations such as the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, Reviewer of the "Innovations" journal and the Israeli and European Associations for Endoscopic Surgery to name a few. 

Past Experience

  • Chief of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
  • Head of Thoracic Surgery Unit at the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, Edith Wolfson Medical Center
  • Senior Surgeon in the Thoracic Surgery Department, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center

Qualifications

  • 1995 - Graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University, MD (Republic of Georgia)
  • 2007 - Residency in thoracic surgery at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
  • 2008 - Thoracoscopic advanced lung surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2012 - Thoracoscopic esophageal surgery observer at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2013 - Robotic thymectomy observer at the Charite Hospital, Berlin, Germany
  • 2013 - a course in the da Vinci training center, EEC (Ecole Européenne de Chirurgie), Paris, France
  • 2015 - course of surgical controversies in thoracic surgery, a course at the endoscopic training center, ESTS, Hamburg, Germany
Procedures
Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer is an uncontrolled growth of cells that start off in the lungs. Usually, lung cancer starts in the cells that line the air passages. Instead of developing into healthy lung tissue, the cells divide rapidly and form tumours.

Lung cancer can grow and spread beyond the lung to reach other parts of the body through metastasis. Lung cancers can begin in any part of the lung, but 90 percent of lung cancers begin in the epithelial cells, which are the cells lining the larger and smaller airways also known as bronchi and bronchioles.

This is the reason why lung cancers are sometimes called bronchogenic cancers or bronchogenic carcinomas. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world, among both men and women. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

Lung Cancer: Causes and Risk Factors

Long-term smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. After smoking, genetic factors and exposure to radon gas, asbestos, second-hand smoke or other forms of air pollution can also increase the risk of lung cancer.

Types of Lung Cancer

There are two major types of lung cancers, based on the appearance of lung cancer cells under the microscope:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): It is an umbrella term for several types of lung cancers that behave in a similar way, such as squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC): This type of lung cancer occurs mostly in heavy smokers and it is less common than non-small cell lung cancer. 

Lung Cancer Stages

It is necessary to determine the stage of lung cancer by finding out how far cancer has spread, before initiating treatment of lung cancer.
The following are the four lung cancer stages of NSCLC:

  • Stage 1 lung cancer: Cancer is restricted to the lung
  • Stage 2 lung cancer: Cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes
  • Stage 3 lung cancer: (3a) Cancer is in the lung and the lymph nodes located on the same side  (3b) Cancer is in the lung and has spread to lymph nodes on the opposite side
  • Stage 4 lung cancer: Cancer has spread to both the lungs and other organs and surrounding tissues

The following are the two lung cancer stages of SCLC:

  • Limited stage: Cancer is present in just one lung and lymph nodes on the same side of cancer.
  • Extensive stage: Cancer has spread throughout the lung or both the lungs, to the lymph nodes on the opposite side, to the bone marrow, and to the distant organs.

After the determination of stage, treatment of lung cancer starts with choosing the best suitable option for the patient. However, there is usually no single treatment for lung cancer. So the patient often receives a combination of therapies and palliative care. 

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms may vary, depending upon where and how widespread the tumour is. A person with lung cancer may have following lung cancer symptoms:

  • A persistent or chronic coughing
  • Pain in chest, shoulder or back
  • Difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness or change of voice
  • Chronic bronchitis, pneumonia or respiratory infections
  • Blood in the sputum and cough


Stage 3 lung cancer symptoms include the following:

  • Wheezing
  • General pain in the chest or when breathing
  • Persistent cough with or without blood
  • Altered voice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Fever, headache, weakness, and bone pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
Frequently Asked Questions
How many years of experience does Dr. Michael Peer have being a cardiac surgeon in Israel?

Dr Peer has over 21 years of experience in the field of cardiothoracic surgery and surgical oncology.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr. Michael Peer as a cardiac surgeon?

Dr Peer s primary treatments are treatment of lung disorders and surgery as well as cancer surgery.

Does Dr. Michael Peer provide Online Consultation?

Yes

What associations is Dr. Michael Peer part of?

The associations Dr Peer is a part of are- 

International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

Reviewer of the "Innovations" journal

Israeli and European Associations for Endoscopic Surgery

Israel Society of Thoracic Surgeons

European Society of Thoracic Surgeons

When do you need to see a cardiac surgeon such as Dr. Michael Peer?

You or a loved one might need cardiac surgery for a variety of reasons: Some people have injuries or accidents that damage the chest area. Some have a growth or disease such as cancer. Others are born with conditions that require surgery to improve how their body works or quality of life. All major ailments of the heart are cured by cardiac surgeons such as Dr Peer.

How to connect with Dr. Michael Peer for Online Consultation through MediGence?

He can be easily consulted by registering your profile with medigence and writing down your enquiry. A meeting with the surgeon will be scheduled. Following which the consultation can be done.

What area of specialization does Dr. Michael Peer have?
Dr. Michael Peer is specialized in Israel and of the most sought after doctors in Heart Specialist.
Does Dr. Michael Peer offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Michael Peer have?
Dr. Michael Peer is one of the most sought after specialists in Israel and has over 21 Years years of experience.
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