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Dr. Manjit Bains


Dr. Manjit Bains earned his MBBS in 1964 from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. After relocating to the United States in 1964 Dr. Bains completed his residencies at several well-known hospitals, including Queens Hospital Center in New York City and Rochester General in Rochester, New York. He also completed a residency at the renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Upon completion of his residencies he pursued a fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Afterwards he pursued another fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and has clinical expertise in thoracic surgical oncology, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, mesothelioma and more.

Currently, Dr. Bains is the Attending Thoracic Surgeon at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he has worked for nearly forty years. He is also a Professor of Surgery at Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Bains is on the panel of the Indo American Cancer Institute and Research Center and is a member of almost two dozen professional societies. Aside from all this, he has been published over 150 times.

In the cases of lung cancer, especially mesothelioma, often an entire lung has to be removed along with the partial removal of other organs; this has led to Dr. Bains studying the resection and reconstruction of the chest wall. His work, alongside many other doctors, has determined whether the results of the resection and reconstruction of the chest wall are better when done with rigid prosthesis. This research has led to the findings that the use of a rigid prosthesis is possibly better but should only be done to patients who have gone through a rigorous selection process.

Dr. Bains has also researched, alongside many other doctors, whether patients have a better survival rate with the use of a pleuralectomy/decortication than the extrapleural pneumonectomy often used. Again, the findings showed that a pleuralectomy/decortication has a better survival rate but should only be done according the patient’s risk. Dr. Bains is also a proponent of using multimodality in the treatment of esophageal, lung and mediastinal tumors.

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Physician Profile.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.