Brendon Stiles, MD, is Professor and Chief, Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology, Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery at Montefiore-Einstein, and the Associate Director for Surgical Services in the Montefiore-Einstein Cancer Center. Dr. Stiles’ clinical focus is on the treatment of lung and esophageal cancer and unusual thoracic cancers including metastatic tumors and those invading the heart. He also has a clinical interest in treating benign chest and upper gastrointestinal diseases. Taking a patient-first philosophy, Dr. Stiles provides world-class personalized care, using minimally invasive, organ-sparing techniques and targeting surgical therapy to the specific needs of the patient and his or her individual tumor.
“The recruitment of Dr. Stiles elevates the treatment of lung cancer to a historic level,” said Robert E. Michler, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief and Chairman and Professor, Department of Surgery and Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery at Montefiore-Einstein. “Every thoracic surgical therapy available anywhere in the world will now be offered by Dr. Stiles at Montefiore-Einstein.”
After earning his Bachelor of Arts in 1994 at the University of Virginia, Dr. Stiles continued at UVA, earning his Doctor of Medicine in 1999. He conducted his training in general surgery at the University of Virginia Health System. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Stiles served as a surgical research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before returning to the University of Virginia Health System to complete his surgical residency. Dr. Stiles completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2008. Dr. Stiles joined the faculty at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell before being recruited by Dr. Michler to Montefiore-Einstein in 2021.
Dr. Stiles is actively involved in both clinical and translational research, particularly focusing on lung cancer. His clinical research concentrates on the management of early stage or screen detected lung cancer and on novel multidisciplinary treatment strategies for patients with lung cancer. In the laboratory, he investigates a protein called ART1 and its role in protecting cancer cells from the immune system. He has developed a novel drug targeting ART1 with a goal of advancing it to clinical use. He has co-authored numerous manuscripts on the management of early stage or screen-detected lung cancer, guidelines for the management of early stage lung cancer, papers regarding neoadjuvant immunotherapy for lung cancer patients and a comprehensive review on the tumor microenvironment in lung cancer. In addition to publications in peer-reviewed journals, he has also given several invited national and international talks on his research and on the clinical management of lung and esophageal cancer.
Dr. Stiles is highly active in the lung cancer care community, having lost his own father to lung cancer in 2005. He is committed to raising money for lung cancer research, serving as chair of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation since 2017. He is also an invited member of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable and on the Lung-RADS Steering Committee for lung cancer screening with the American College of Radiology. Dr. Stiles is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.