Dr. Abraham “Avi” Lebenthal

With a focus on minimally invasive thoracic surgery, Dr. Abraham “Avi” Lebenthal is one of the most accomplished pleural mesothelioma surgeons in the world.

About Dr. Lebenthal

Dr. Abraham “Avi” Lebenthal is a thoracic surgical oncologist who specializes in pleural mesothelioma treatment and research for civilians and veterans.

As a veteran of the Israeli Army, Dr. Lebenthal is one of the few mesothelioma experts who specifically treat veterans. He spent 13 years working in various divisions of the Israeli Army, four of which were as a battalion physician. He is uniquely compassionate about veterans’ needs and veteran care.

“I have a deep admiration and respect for those who served in the military. One of the things you learn is: There is no such thing as ‘I can’t.’ You learn to take responsibility and ownership. And you better have precise execution. It’s the same in medicine.”

– Dr. Avi Lebenthal

Professional Background

Dr. Avi Lebenthal was born in Israel and raised in the United States. He speaks Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Spanish. He graduated from Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Israel.

After completing training and fellowships in the United States, Dr. Lebenthal and a medical team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) traveled to the Hebrew University Medical School to perform and teach Israeli surgeons the minimally invasive surgical techniques the team had developed and perfected together.

He currently resides in Israel, where he serves as thoracic section chief at Assuta Medical Center in Ashdod.

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Career Accomplishments

As a reputable mesothelioma doctor, some of Dr. Lebenthal’s career accomplishments include:

  • Educating the next generation of medical care professionals
  • Improving mesothelioma treatment access for veterans
  • Pursuing fellowships in minimally invasive procedures and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Teaching ground-breaking techniques to Israeli surgeons

Awards & Honors

Dr. Lebenthal has received many awards throughout his career, including:

  • Compassionate Doctors
  • Golden Heart Award #1
  • Golden Heart Award #2
  • Golden Heart Award #3
  • Patients Choice Award – 2008 & 2009
  • Letter of Distinction for Bravery (Israeli Army)

Medical Specializations

Dr. Lebenthal is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who focuses solely on thoracic conditions, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and esophageal diseases.

His subspecialties include minimally invasive thoracic surgery, thoracic surgical oncology, and trauma surgery. He also has experience treating hernia management, rib fractures, and lung neoplasms.

Dr. Lebenthal has developed and refined surgical procedures using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) technology. VATS allows surgeons to have increased visibility inside the thoracic cavity when they would otherwise be limited in their ability to access certain areas of the thorax.

VATS surgeries are especially important for mesothelioma patients who may not be able to withstand a full thoracotomy (open chest surgery). VATS helps reduce the risk of surgical complications in mesothelioma patients and improves recovery times.

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Pleural Mesothelioma

One of the specializations that Dr. Lebenthal is most well-known for is his ability to treat pleural mesothelioma — a rare and complex disease treated by few specialists.

Dr. Lebenthal focuses on thoracic oncological surgeries. He trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital under the late Dr. David Sugarbaker, where he learned the highly technical and complex surgery for pleural mesothelioma, the EPP.

In addition to the EPP, Dr. Lebenthal is also skilled in treating mesothelioma patients with lung-saving surgery called pleurectomy with decortication (P/D).

Treating Veterans with Mesothelioma

As one of only two mesothelioma specialists within the VA Healthcare System, Dr. Lebenthal is an incredible asset to veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma.

As an Israeli military veteran, Dr. Lebenthal is deeply empathetic toward the challenges that veterans experience, particularly their struggles following a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Being deeply devoted to improving quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare for veterans, Dr. Lebenthal and his team implemented a telephone triage system for veterans experiencing mesothelioma symptoms.

In the experiment, Dr. Lebenthal and his team assessed the feasibility of a national phone system that would allow veterans to call and describe their symptoms in order to get access to healthcare faster. This triaging phone program for veterans allows VA health administrators to connect patients with specialists sooner.

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Dr. Lebenthal’s Legacy

A highly respected mesothelioma specialist with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Lebenthal has the practical and research skills necessary to offer the best mesothelioma treatments.

As a recipient of the Compassionate Doctors Award and the three-time winner of the Golden Heart Award, Dr. Lebenthal is also recognized for the considerable kindness and humanity he displays towards his patients.

For additional information on working with mesothelioma specialists like Dr. Lebenthal, contact Mesothelioma Hope today.

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3 References
  1. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Abraham Lebenthal, MD.” Retrieved from: https://www.dana-farber.org/find-a-doctor/abraham-lebenthal/. Accessed on November 29, 2022.

  2. LinkedIn. “Abraham (Avi) Lebenthal.” Retrieved from: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abraham-avi-lebenthal-44388b58. Accessed on November 29, 2022.

  3. Siegert, C. J., Fisichella, P. M., Moseley, J. M., Shoni, M., & Lebenthal, A. (2017). Open access phone triage for veterans with suspected malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Journal of surgical research, 207, 108–114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2016.08.031

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