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Michael T. Jaklitsch, MD

Professor, Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Thoracic Surgeon, Thoracic Surgery, Brigham And Women's Hospital

Contact Info

Michael Jaklitsch
Brigham And Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA, 02115
Mailstop: CA 257
Phone: 617-732-6988
Fax: 617-730-2898
Email not available


Courtney May
Administrative Assistant
Thoracic Surgery
Brigham And Women's Hospital
Boston, MA, 02115
Phone: 617-732-6988
Fax: 617-730-2898

DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Lung Cancer

Research Abstract

The elderly patient is particularly susceptible to suffer morbidity after major thoracic surgical procedures. Previous work from Brigham & Women's Hospital has shown that this subgroup has a thirteen-fold higher incidence of postoperative dementia after non-cardiac thoracic surgery. The full recovery time from major thoracic surgical procedures is poorly understood in this subgroup. This is an extremely pertinent issue. Current data are unavailable to advise the eighty-five-year-old patient with a presumed early stage lung cancer as to which treatment option may be expected to maximize the future quality of life. New instruments of measurement are required to address these issues. I am currently developing clinical measurements of the elderly patient's functional status, motivation for surgery, understanding of surgery, and quality of life. I plan to test these measurements in our outpatient elderly population over the next year.


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