Your Surgeon, Your Teacher
Subroto Paul, M.D., feels he has a dual mission: to perform
surgery on the highest level and to educate patients too.
In September, Subroto Paul, M.D., joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center
as chief of thoracic surgery. He excels as a surgeon, as you might expect,
but he feels he has another calling too. “I’m a teacher,” he says.
“I really like to explain things to my patients,” adds Dr.
Paul, who is also director of thoracic surgery for Barnabas Health. “I
describe what they have, what the options are and what the best therapy
is for them. It’s like when I go to a car mechanic; I have no idea
what is wrong with my car—it’s beyond me. I have to trust
the mechanic to tell me what’s wrong. I try to make sure that information
is presented clearly.”
Dr. Paul specializes in the surgical treatment of lung cancer and other
thoracic malignancies. As a surgeon who embraces the multidisciplinary
approach to cancer care, he works collaboratively with the members of
the oncology team including medical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists,
pathologists and radiation oncologists.
Born in India, he came to the United States at age 2 and grew up in Queens
and Long Island. Now 43, he and his wife, Chandra, the chief scientific
officer for a biotech startup company, and their daughter, Lila, 9, live
Dr. Paul received his undergraduate education at Yale University. He then
earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and stayed in Boston
to complete both a general surgery residency and a thoracic surgery fellowship
at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
He has also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.
Before joining Saint Barnabas, Dr. Paul served as associate professor of
cardiothoracic surgery and attending surgeon in the Division of Thoracic
Surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
He also held a secondary appointment in the Department of Health Policy
Dr. Paul is one of New York magazine’s “Best Doctors”
and has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in thoracic surgery.
He is particularly interested in the minimally invasive treatment of both
malignant and benign thoracic disorders.
His new position, he says, offers “a great opportunity to advance
the thoracic surgery program, including the use of robotics in surgery.”
He enjoys working in oncology because “we haven’t found a
cure for cancer, so we are always trying to make strides against it, like
chipping at a wall,” he says. “It is intellectually stimulating
from both a clinical and a research standpoint.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul, please call 973.322.5195.