Dr. Abraham “Avi” Lebenthal

As one of the only mesothelioma specialists in the VA system, Dr. Lebenthal divides his professional time between the Boston VA and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


About Dr. Lebenthal

Dr. Lebenthal is an enormously talented and compassionate mesothelioma specialist who works closely with his patients. His experiences with veterans make him one of the most unique mesothelioma specialists in the country.

The time that Dr. Lebenthal spent working as a physician for the Israeli Army connects him to veterans in a unique manner. He enjoys a reputation for being a truly compassionate doctor that’s devoted to the care and well-being of each veteran he treats.

His treatment options for veterans with mesothelioma include:

  • Veteran-specific treatment
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Multimodal treatment approach

For four years, Dr. Lebenthal was at BWH where he devoted his time learning everything he could about minimally invasive surgeries, an experience that made it possible for him to become a highly successful and respected attending thoracic surgeon at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

During his illustrious career, Dr. Lebenthal has worked with a wide assortment of treatment options, including:

  • Pleurectomy with decortication
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Photodynamic therapy

Medical Degree and Residency

In 1993 he graduated from Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel

In 2003 he completed his residency at Hebrew University Medical Center, General Surgery

In 2000 he completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, General Surgery,

Professorship

Professor of Surgery – Harvard Medical School

Credentials

  • He’s the head of the mesothelioma program at Boston VA
  • On the International Mesothelioma Program Staff
  • Enjoys a connection with some of the best hospitals in the world
  • Spent four years working as a battalion physician

A Mesothelioma Specialist in the VA

Dr. Lebenthal is passionate about two things: veterans and treating mesothelioma. For four years, he was involved with one of the best mesothelioma programs in the world where he dedicated himself to learning everything about how to use surgery to manage mesothelioma, and he was mentored by one of the world’s leading mesothelioma experts, Dr. David Sugarbaker. He’s one of the only mesothelioma specialists who is dedicated to treating veterans.

The rare nature of mesothelioma makes it difficult for a general oncologist to properly treat the disease, which is why veterans are strongly urged to seek out a specialist. It’s the best way to be sure about the diagnosis and to get a life-extending treatment that might even send cancer into remission.

When veterans become Dr. Lebenthal’s patients, they enjoy being treated by a doctor that truly understands both the disease and what it means to be a veteran.

Why Choose the VA System

Mesothelioma treatment is expensive, but by entering the VA system, veterans can offset some of the costs connected to the treatment they need to extend their life expectancy. There are services available in the VA system that veterans wouldn’t have access to if they went with a different medical care option.

Patient advocates and VA Accredited Claims Agents have worked with thousands of veterans, helping them get the mesothelioma care they need and deserve.

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