Lung Cancer Specialists

As San Diego’s only academic medical center, we have world-renowned specialists who take advantage of technologies and therapies not available elsewhere in the region. When you become a patient at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, your care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes a medical oncologist, pulmonologist (lung specialist), surgeon, radiation oncologist, interventional radiologist, and a pathologist who is an expert in the examination of lung tissue. 

Medical Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD - Dr. Bazhenova’s medical practice is dedicated entirely to lung cancer patients. With her complete focus on lung cancer, she is aware of all newly approved therapies, as well as treatments only available in clinical trials.

Hatim Husain, MD - Dr. Husain specializes in both lung cancer and brain tumors. He enjoys educating patients about their disease and any new technologies that may assist them.

William Mitchell, MD - Dr. Mitchell focuses on lung cancer, and has expertise in assisting patients with palliative care.


Our team performs laser resection of lung tumors blocking the airways, a highly specialized technique that requires extensive training.  UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is one of the few specialized centers in the country to offer this procedure to treat lung tumors. In addition, our interventional pulmonologists perform diagnosis of lung cancer using endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) fine needle aspiration (FNA) instead of surgery. 

Radiology and Radiation Oncology

Steven Rose, MD, Interventional Radiologist
Dr. Rose utilizes a CT scan and special electrode to provide radiofrequency ablation – a technique for patients in whom surgery is not an option – to ease symptoms in advanced cases.

Ajay Sandhu, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Dr. Sandhu and the UC San Diego Health System team of radiation oncologists provide techniques such as respiratory gated stereotactic body radiotherapy. Brachytherapy is also provided in collaboration with the interventional pulmonology team.


Drs. Thistlewaite and Perricone have more than 18 years experience with lung cancer, including rare surgical procedures not offered elsewhere in the region.

Additional team members include Thomas Savides, MD, who performs endoscopic ultrasound procedures, and pathologist Gracy Y. Lin, MD, PhD