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Alexander Farivar, MD

Thoracic Surgeon
Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Farivar is a 2017 Seattle Met Top Doctor Award winner. Philosophy of care: 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.
Boston University School of Medicine
Medical School
University of Washington General Surgery Residency
Brigham and Womens Harvard Medical School
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.
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery, General
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • achalasia
  • airway disorders
  • anomalies of diaphragm
  • asbestos lung
  • atelectasis
  • barretts esophagus
  • barrx
  • biopsy chest wall
  • biopsy diaphragm
  • biopsy of lung
  • bronchial fistula repair
  • bronchoscopy
  • cancer
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer of mediastinum
  • cancer surgery
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • chest wall disorder
  • chest wall resection
  • chest wall tumors
  • closure of diaphragmatic fistula
  • closure of external fistula of trachea
  • collapsed lung
  • contusion of chest wall
  • correction of pectus deformity
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • decortication of lung
  • diaphragm pacemaker procedure
  • diaphragm pacing
  • diaphragmatic hernia
  • diaphragmatic tumor
  • empyema
  • endoscopic biopsy of trachea
  • endoscopic mucosal resection
  • endoscopy
  • esophageal diverticulectomy
  • esophageal diverticulum
  • esophageal mass
  • esophageal myotomy
  • esophageal perforation
  • esophageal stenosis
  • esophageal stricture
  • esophageal ulcer
  • esophagectomy
  • excision of bronchus
  • exploratory thoracotomy
  • feeding tube placement
  • fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • foreign body in esophagus
  • fracture of sternum
  • gastrectomy
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • gastrointestinal cancer
  • gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • gi stent placement
  • hamartoma of lung
  • hiatal hernia
  • hiatal hernia repair
  • intra-abdominal cancer
  • laparoscopic adhesiolysis
  • laparoscopic fundoplication
  • laparoscopic gastroenterostomy
  • laparoscopic hernia repair
  • laparoscopic jejunostomy
  • laparoscopy
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • ligation of bronchus
  • linx
  • liposarcoma
  • lung abscess
  • lung cancer
  • lung contusion
  • lung mass
  • lung resection
  • lung volume reduction surgery
  • lymphadenopathy
  • malignant effusion
  • malignant neoplasm of esophagus
  • malignant neoplasm of main bronchus
  • mallory weiss tear
  • mediastinal abscess
  • mediastinal tumor
  • mediastinitis
  • mediastinoscopy
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • mesothelioma
  • minimally invasive lung cancer surgery
  • minimally invasive pulmonary lobectomy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • obesity
  • open biopsy of bronchus
  • open biopsy of lesion of mediastinum
  • open biopsy of lung
  • palliative care
  • pectus carinatum
  • pectus excavatum
  • percutaneous tracheostomy
  • phototherapy
  • pleural cancer
  • pleural diseases
  • pleural effusion
  • pleurodesis
  • pleurx catheter
  • plication of emphysematous bleb
  • pneumothorax
  • pulmonary metastases
  • repair of diaphragm
  • repair tracheoesophageal fistula
  • revision of tracheostomy
  • rib fracture
  • robotic thoracic surgery
  • sarcoma
  • sequestrum of lung
  • spontaneous pneumothorax
  • stomach cancer
  • surgical staging
  • tension pneumothorax
  • thoracentesis
  • thoracoplasty
  • thoracoscopy
  • thoracostomy
  • thoracotomy
  • thymectomy
  • thymoma
  • thymus cancer
  • thymus disorders
  • tobacco use cessation
  • tracheal reconstruction
  • tracheoesophageal fistula
  • tracheomalacia
  • tracheostomy
  • tuberculosis
  • video assisted thoracoscopic surgery
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.

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.

4.7 out of 5 (56 Ratings, 15 Comments)


I spent twice as much time with his fellow, she was great but he was worse MD I have had in the entire Swedish Group. I have several.

Outstanding Doctor in his field. I value his commitment to his patients.

I complained of pain and he was concerned and checked me out asked about the pain level and suggest a drug to help but I declined because I couldn't drive and take the drug - as long as I could go no pain.

Should have read my medical records. Had to tell all my history.

Dr. Alex Farivar was concerned about my health condition and explained what needed to happen. When you are facing a serious health issue it is very hard to know what to ask especially when additional testing and surgery still needs to be done. He did ask several times if we had any questions, but I understood what the next step was and just needed to get to that step. Dr Farivar did want to move my surgery to a sooner date and he did check out all options.

the whole team is amazing and I felt I got the best care and I have recommended Swedish and Dr. to everyone that will listen, Excellent care and results

They got good coffee also.

I would highly recommend Dr. Farivar and Swedish Medical Center to everyone. I felt very relaxed and extremely cared for.

I find Dr Farivar to be a very caring and compassionate person through all my treatments

he is a great surgeon

My experience with Dr. Farivar was life changing. Dr. Farivar was very attentive and astute about my need for surgery and the follow up care. Dr. Farivar is my hero!

Dr Farivar was excellent, writing down words that were medical terminology, so that I could do some online researching as well. He was great! I would definitely recommend him!

I have had excellent medical care from Dr. Farivar, his staff, and his medical team ever since I first became his patient in November, 2014.

Dr. Farivar is exceedingly pleasant, very easy to talk with, & seems exceptionally knowledgeable. Takes teasing well.

Nutrition referral was less than desirable - no follow-up when appointment was set - missed it - no follow-up after no-show.
Swedish Thoracic Surgery - First Hill
1101 Madison Street Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
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