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Alexander Farivar, M.D.


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.

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Boston University School of Medicine
medical school
University of Washington General Surgery Residency
Brigham and Womens Harvard Medical School

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
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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.
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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.
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Professional Associations

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Practice Locations

Alexander Farivar practices at one location

Swedish Thoracic Surgery - First Hill
1101 Madison Street
Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98104
Affiliated Facilities
  • Swedish Cherry Hill
  • Swedish First Hill
Medical Groups
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