South Nassau Communities Hospital has named Shahriyour Andaz, MD, director of clinical research.
Dr. Andaz, who also serves as South Nassau's director of thoracic oncology, is a four-time winner of the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons’ prestigious Murray Friedman Resident Competition (clinical research) Award.
"It has been South Nassau's goal to grow its research program, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to enhance the hospital's scope of research initiatives and collaboration with researchers at other institutions," Andaz said. "Clinical trials serve as a testing ground for the latest medications, procedures or devices, and physicians are increasingly incorporating findings from clinical trials into their plan of patient care."
A past recipient of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Performance Award, Andaz is board-certified in both thoracic and general surgery and specializes in complex chest cancer procedures and robotic-assisted and minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgery.
Andaz was the first surgeon on Long Island to perform robotic-assisted bilobectomy lung surgery and robotic-assisted surgical removal of the thymus gland. Eliminating the need for large incisions and painful rib resections, the robotic-assisted and minimally invasive approaches offer faster healing and shortened recovery time.
His expertise includes chest wall sarcoma resection and reconstruction, mesothelioma, tracheal resections and reconstructions, endobronchial surgery, esophageal resection and lung volume reduction surgery.
Before joining South Nassau Communities Hospital in 2004, Andaz served at UCLA Medical Center’s Thoracic Surgery Department in 2003 and was an attending cardiothoracic surgeon from 2001-03 at Brookdale, Coney Island and Lutheran Hospitals and Maimonides Medical Center, where he was a Cardiothoracic Fellow from 1998-2001.