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Eric Vallieres M.D.


Dr. Eric Vallieres is Seattle-based Swedish Cancer Institute’s surgical director of lung cancer. He is today recognized as among the nation’s top doctors and surgeons for the treatment of small cell lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other thoracic disease. He is among the pre-eminent advocates on the benefits of multi-modality treatments for lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other pleural disease.

Dr. Vallieres, a native Canadian, attended the Universite Laval Medical School in Quebec between 1978 and 1982. Following the completion of his medical degree, he completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Toronto Medical Center in Ontario. From 1988 to 1989, Dr. Vallieres studied more in depth in thoracic surgery, completing a fellowship in the practice at the Universite Bordeaux in France. Dr. Vallieres was then named professor of surgery at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Department of Surgery.

Dr. Vallieres came to the United States in 1996, assuming the position of associate professor of surgery at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in Seattle. Recognized as “teacher of year,” in 1998, he was appointed surgical director at the Swedish Cancer Institute in 2004. Dr. Valliere’s multi-modality approaches to lung cancer and mesothelioma treatment regimens include the incorporation of different surgical operations, chemotherapy drugs, and radiation treatments to attack the cancer from many different perspectives.

Patient response to Dr. Valliere’s treatments has been impressive. By incorporating multiple treatment approaches, some have extended prognosis and survival rates far beyond their life-expectancy at diagnosis. Dr. Vallieres has been the recipient of many grants for the funding of clinical trial-based studies and has published over 100 abstracts and articles.

  • Swedish Cancer Institute Physician Profile

Last modified: December 24, 2010.