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Ray Chihara, MD, PhD

Lung Transplant Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Houston Methodist Department of Surgery

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Ray Chihara, MD, PhD

Houston Methodist Department of Surgery

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About Me

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

Hiatal hernia surgery
Hyperhidrosis
Lung cancer surgery
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

Accepted Insurance Plans

90 Degree/Entrust
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
Aetna Common Spirit Health KelseyCare
Aetna Common Spirit Minimum Value Plan
Aetna CommonSpirit Health KelseyCare
Aetna EPO
Aetna HMO
Aetna Health Network
Aetna International
Aetna Managed Choice / Elect Choice
Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
Aetna Meritain Health
Aetna Open Access
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Aetna QPOS
Aetna Select
Aetna Signature Administrators
Aetna Signature Administrators Allied Benefits
Aetna Signature Administrators CoreSource
Aetna Signature Administrators TX Annual Conf of UMC
Aetna Student Health
Aetna Transplant
Aetna Workers' Comp
All Saver/United Healthcare
Beech Street PPO
Best Doctors International
Blue Choice POS
Blue Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP Federal Employee Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Edge
Blue Essentials
Blue Essentials Access
Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
Cigna APWU
Cigna Allegiance Houston Methodist Employee Medical Plan
Cigna Allegiance OAP
Cigna Allegiance PPO
Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna EPO
Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
Cigna Great West
Cigna HMO
Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage HMO
Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage PPO
Cigna Indemnity
Cigna LocalPlus
Cigna NALC
Cigna Network
Cigna Network Open Access
Cigna Open Access
Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Cigna Qualcare
Cigna Shared Administration OAP
Cigna Shared Administration PPO
Cigna SureFit
Community Health Choice Marketplace
Coventry PPO
DEVOTED HEALTH CORE GREATER HOUSTON HMO
DEVOTED HEALTH PRIME GREATER HOUSTON HMO
Erickson Advantage
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO
Galaxy Health Network PPO
GeoBlue
HAA Preferred Partners (International)
HMO Blue
HealthSmart Accel PPO
HealthSmart PPO
HealthSmart Payors Organization
Humana HMO / EPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus/Choice
Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana Military TRICARE-East Region
Humana Natl POS Open Access
Humana POS & Preferred POS
Humana PPO & Preferred PPO
Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
Imagine Health
Imagine Health GPA
Imagine Health Trustmark
Imagine Health/SISCO
Independent Medical Systems PPO (IMS)
Kelsey Seybold Affiliate Network
Medica-UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus
Medicare Railroad
MultiPlan PPO
National Preferred Provider Network PPO (NPPN)
Olympus Managed Care (International)
Oscar Easy Care Medicare Advantage
PHCS Healthy Directions
PHCS PPO
Provider Select PPO
TRS-ActiveCare 2 Group 385002
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-South Texas Region Group 295430
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-West Texas Region Group 295781
TRS-ActiveCare HD Group 385000
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Group 385003
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Plus Group 385001
TRS-Care Medicare Advantage
TRS-Care Standard ALT A I Group 485002
TRS-Care Standard ALT A II Group 485003
TRS-Care Standard ALT B I Group 485005
TRS-Care Standard ALT B II Group 485006
TRS-Care Standard CMED Group 485001
TRS-Care Standard Group 485000
TexanPlus/Wellcare Medicare Advantage
Three Rivers Provider Network
UHC Dual Complete MCR
UHC Medicare Chronic Complete
UHC Medicare Complete
UHC Medicare Solutions
UMR
US Family Health Plan
USA Managed Care PPO
United Health Integrated Services
United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
United Healthcare Nexus ACO
United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley
UnitedHealthOne
UnitedHealthcare Choice
UnitedHealthcare ChoicePlus
UnitedHealthcare Core
UnitedHealthcare Core Plus
UnitedHealthcare EPO
UnitedHealthcare Golden Rule
UnitedHealthcare HMO
UnitedHealthcare Navigate
UnitedHealthcare Navigate Plus
UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
UnitedHealthcare Oxford
UnitedHealthcare POS
UnitedHealthcare PPO
UnitedHealthcare Select / ERS
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
UnitedHealthcare West
WellMed AARP Medicare Advantage Plan
WellMed AARP Medicare Complete
WellMed United Healthcare Dual Complete

Insurance plans may change. Please verify your plan is accepted when scheduling an appointment.

Credentials

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
AFFILIATED HOSPITALS
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
CENTER MEMBERSHIP
  • Houston Methodist Lynda K. & David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders
  • Houston Methodist Cancer Center

Languages

  • English
  • Japanese
Languages listed are spoken by doctor and/or office staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    Dr. Ray Chihara's office is located in Smith Tower, 6550 Fannin St., Suite 1501, Houston, TX 77030
  • What languages do Dr. Ray Chihara and/or staff speak?
    Dr. Ray Chihara and/or office staff speak English and Japanese