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The entire practice at a glance


surgeons Robert B. Cameron, M.D.

Robert B. Cameron, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.

Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology


Places of Study

Stanford University, Stanford, CA (B.A.S.)

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (M.D.)


Medical Training

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (General Surgery Residency)

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD (Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Cornell-NY Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency)



California 1985


Board Certifications

General Surgery

Thoracic Surgery




Lung Cancer

Esophageal Cancer


Minimally-Invasive Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Emphysema Surgery

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


Thoracic Sympathectomy

Thoracic Sugical Oncology


Academic Career


UCSF, San Francisco, CA (Assistant Professor)

Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery

Director, Thoracic Surgical Oncology


1997 to now

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (Professor)

Chief, Wunderman Division of Thoracic Surgery

Surgical Director, Thoracic Surgical Oncology

Director, Mesothelioma Program

Director, Punch Worthington Research Laboratory


1998 to now

West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery


Anne Courtney, M.N., N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Anne is our newest NP member. She grew up in Michigan and is interested in all thoracic diseases.

Brian Barnes, R.N., M.N., N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Brian has spent numerous years helping to care for mesothelioma as well as other chest surgery patients and is our most senior experienced Nurse Practitioner.

Wendy Nelson, M.N., N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Wendy is our "one-of-a-kind" Nurse Practitioner who manages all of our patients while they are in the hospital. Her bedside manner and knowledge is second to no one and her caring has earned her complements from everyone who has ever met her. Patients find that she makes the entire hospitalization far less daunting and mysterious.

Renee Appleby, R.N.

Nurse Administrator, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Renee is the head of our inpatient thoracic surgery area and is responsible for supervising the care of our patients as they recover from surgery. Her years of experience in chest surgeon and incredibly helpful personality help make our patients care much better. She has been extremely supportive of the mesothelioma program and is almost always available during your stay in the hospital to address any problems and cocerns.

Administrative Personnel

Martha Martinez

Administrative Specialist

Martha is our administrative specialist who has worked in our program for 15 years and is very knowledgeable about scheduling testing, office visits, and working the "ins and outs" of insurance approvals as well all other administrative issues involved in patient care.