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Dr. Martin Ibarra Celaya, first resident from Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias to visit the Lung Institute, with Wayne Keathley, president, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Dr. David Sugarbaker, director of the Lung Institute.

The Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has established a new collaborative program with the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias (INER), or National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, a specialty hospital and research center in Mexico City.

The program invites nine INER thoracic surgery residents to spend five weeks at the Lung Institute to observe highly complex thoracic procedures, such as heated intraoperative chemotherapy treatment for mesothelioma and other lobe and lung procedures. Residents also shadow the Institute’s physicians to learn how they evaluate, diagnose and plan patients’ therapies.

“Transforming the delivery of healthcare around the globe is one of the many ways Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke’s Health are expanding their missions of creating healthier communities,” said Dr. David Sugarbaker, professor of surgery at Baylor and director of the Lung Institute.

The Lung Institute offers a multi-specialty team, advanced technology and individualized treatment for patients suffering from lung disease – from asthma to lung cancer to cystic fibrosis. Physicians at the Lung Institute have treated more than 400 lung disease cases since its founding in 2014, and patients have traveled from more than 30 U.S. states, as well as from Greece, Finland, South Africa, Germany and England, for treatment.