Alexander S Farivar, MD

  • Thoracic surgery
Accepting New Patients
1101 Madison St.
Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104

General Information

Dr. Farivar has a broad based thoracic surgery practice. He enjoys helping patients and their families through their healthcare journey. He takes great effort to incorporate the needs and beliefs of patients and their families in his treatment plans. Dr. Farivar has a particular interest in lung and esophageal disorders, including cancer treatment. He also has interests in the appropriate use of robotic surgery to address thoracic surgery pathology, as well as malignant pleural mesothelioma.
  • Thoracic surgery
Education Background
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington General Surgery Residency
Fellowship: Brigham and Womens Harvard Medical School
  • English
Professional Associations
Personal Interests
In his off time, Dr. Farivar enjoys spending time with loved ones and friends. He enjoys cooking, dining out, hiking, sports, water sports, and exploring the beautiful Northwest.


Click here for a full list of Dr. Farivar's publications. A subset of his citations is summarized below: 

Farivar AS, Cerfolio RJ, Vallières E, Knight AW, Bryant A, Lingala V, Aye RW, Louie BE. Comparing robotic lung resection with thoracotomy and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery cases entered into the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database. Innovations (Phila). 2014 Jan-Feb;9(1):10-5. doi:10.1097/IMI.0000000000000043.

Louie BE, Farivar AS, Aye RW, Vallières E. Early experience with robotic lung resection results in similar operative outcomes and morbidity when compared with matched video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery cases. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 May;93(5):1598-604; discussion 1604-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.01.067. Epub 2012 Mar 20

Louie BE, Blitz M, Farivar AS, Orlina J, Aye RW. Repair of symptomatic giant paraesophageal hernias in elderly (>70 years) patients results in improved quality of life. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Mar;15(3):389-96. doi: 10.1007/s11605-010-1324-6. Epub 2011 Jan 19.

Wilshire CL, Louie BE, Shultz D, Jutric Z, Farivar AS, Aye RW. Clinical Outcomes of Reoperation for Failed Antireflux Operations. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Apr;101(4):1290-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.10.027. Epub 2015 Dec 17.

Bradley DD, Louie BE, Chen J, Aye RW, McMahon R, Farivar AS. The effect of concurrent esophageal pathology on bariatric surgical planning. J Gastrointest Surg. 2015 Jan;19(1):111-5; discussion 115-6. doi: 10.1007/s11605-014-2626-x. Epub 2014 Sep 12.

Clinical Experience

  • Thoracic surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • Chest Wall Resections
  • Chest Wall Tumors
  • da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery)
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Surgeons
  • Esophagectomies
  • Esophogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Gastro-Esophageal Junction
  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux
  • GI Stents
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • LINX System
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Surgeons
  • Mediastinal Masses
  • Mesothelioma
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Obesity
  • Palliative Care
  • Pectus excavatum repair for adults
  • Pectus excavatum repair for pediatrics
  • Peg Tube Insertion
  • Pleural Diseases
  • Pulmonary
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Pathology
  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Surgeons
  • Swedish Cancer Institute
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery (robotic)
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomies
  • Thorascopic Surgery
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheal Problems
  • Tracheal Resections
  • Tuberculosis


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.6 out of 5 (54 Ratings, 5 Comments)


He's terrific!

I've already referred him - love Doc Farivar, he called me back to talk about my options & spent 20 min. on the phone w/me - amazing.

He saved my life.

Very confident and caring physician.

I have utter confidence in Dr Farivar. It's funny how everyone that I meet for testing, etc within the Swedish network is a fan of Dr Farivar; they always offer me unsolicited raves about him. I know that he will be able to take care of me and leave me in a very healthy position after my surgery.
1101 Madison St.
Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
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