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Ray Chihara, MD, PhD

Houston Methodist Surgical Associates

Thoracic Surgery

Phone: 713.363.8498


Address:

Smith Tower
6550 Fannin
Ste. 1501
Houston, TX 77030

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Dr. Ray Chihara grew up in the mid-west and received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and medical degree from Indiana University.  He stayed in Indiana University to complete general surgery training and earned a doctorate in Cellular and Integrative Physiology studying pig to human xenotransplantation.  He then went on to train in cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta where he received formal training in VATS and robotic assisted thoracic surgery and completed the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Foundation Robotics Fellowship.

Dr. Chihara has joined the division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital out of training and his interests are minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant diseases of the thoracic cavity, which include lung, esophageal, mediastinal, diaphragm and chest wall pathologies.  He is also interested in respiratory failure, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation. 
Clinical Interests: 
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Foregut surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Lung resection
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Mediastinal mass resection
  • Chest wall resection
  • Pleural disease
  • Thoracic oncology
  • Interstital lung disease
  • Lung transplantation
Education & Training

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery
Board Eligible: American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Doctor of Medicine: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Doctor of Philosophy: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bachelor of Science: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Languages Spoken

Japanese
*Languages listed are spoken by doctor and/or office staff.
Office Locations
Smith Tower
6550 Fannin
Ste. 1501
Houston, TX 77030
713.363.8498
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hospitals
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
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