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Published on January 19, 2018

Thoracic Surgeon Joins Comprehensive Cancer Care Team

Miguel Alvelo-Rivera, MD -- Thoracic Surgeon at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.Thoracic Surgeon Miguel Alvelo-Rivera, M.D., recently joined MidMichigan Health as the newest member of MidMichigan’s comprehensive cancer care team. This team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, specialized surgeons, interventional radiologists, pulmonologists, as well as a lung health navigator. Dr. Alvelo-Rivera currently welcomes new patients to his office located within MidMichigan Physicians Group Pulmonology in Midland. In addition collaborating with the pulmonology team, he also works closely with Cardiothoracic Surgeon Robert Jones, M.D.

 As a thoracic surgeon, Dr. Alvelo-Rivera is dedicated to treating conditions of the thorax (chest) area, including the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum (the area between the lungs), diaphragm and trachea.

Dr. Alvelo-Rivera completed his residency in thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa., where he went on to complete fellowships in surgical oncology and thoracic surgery. Before coming to MidMichigan, he served on the medical staff at Henry Ford Hospitals in Detroit and West Bloomfield.

“I decided to pursue medicine as a career after watching a very close family member lose her battle with cancer at a very young age,” he said. “I chose thoracic surgery after being mentored by a group of very inspiring chest surgeons during my early training years. Some of them had connections to the early development of the specialty and some of them were trailblazers for what we know today as the modern era of thoracic surgery.”

Dr. Alvelo-Rivera considers the development of minimally invasive approaches to thoracic surgery the greatest advancement in thoracic surgery in the last four decades. This includes thoracoscopy, robotic approaches, as well as endoscopic and bronchoscopic techniques.

“My philosophy of care is mainly based in the fact that every patient has specific needs that should be taken into consideration when tailoring an approach to their care,” he said. “I also believe that we should focus not only on improving the patient’s health, but also preserving or improving their quality of life as we do so.”

Dr. Alvelo-Rivera performs all aspects of general and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including pulmonary, esophageal, tracheal, mediastinal and chest wall surgery. He also has a very personal interest in minimally invasive lobectomy and esophagectomy for cancer, minimally invasive surgery for reflux/hiatal hernia, minimally invasive surgery for esophageal motility disorders (achalasia), as well as robotic approaches to thoracic surgical procedures. He also collaborates and assists with interventional bronchoscopic and endoscopic procedures.

Dr. Alvelo-Rivera welcomes new patients to his office located on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland in the Towsley Building, 4201 Campus Ridge Drive, Suite 3000. Appointments may be made by calling (989) 488-5450. Those who would like more information about Dr. Alvelo-Rivera may visit www.midmichigan.org/alvelo-rivera.

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