Ray Chihara, MD, PhD

Lung Transplant Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Houston Methodist Department of Surgery

Accepting New Patients

Ray Chihara, MD, PhD

Houston Methodist Department of Surgery

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

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

AARP Medicare Complete
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
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 Student Health
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 Cross Blue Shield Traditional / Par Plan
Blue Edge
Blue Essentials
Blue Essentials Access
Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
Cigna APWU
Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna EPO
Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
Cigna Great West
Cigna HMO
Cigna Indemnity
Cigna LocalPlus / Vantage
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
Community Health Choice Marketplace
Coventry PPO
Crown International
Erickson Advantage
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO
Galaxy Health Network PPO
HAA Preferred Partners (International)
HMO Blue
HealthSmart Accel PPO
HealthSmart PPO
HealthSmart Payors Organization
Humana HMO / EPO
Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Private Fee For Service
Humana Military TRICARE-South Region
Humana POS & Preferred POS
Humana PPO & Preferred PPO
Humana TRS-Care Medicare Advantage PPO Plan
Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
HumanaNatl POS Open Access
Imagine Health ABC Home
Imagine Health CVS Health
Independent Medical Systems PPO (IMS)
Interplan Health Group
MultiPlan PPO
National Preferred Provider Network PPO (NPPN)
Olympus Managed Care (International)
PHCS Healthy Directions
SmartCare PNM Resources
TexanPlus Medicare Advantage
Three Rivers Provider Network
UHC Medicare Chronic Complete
UHC Medicare Complete
UHC Medicare Solutions
US Family Health Plan
USA Managed Care PPO
United Health Integrated Services
United Healthcare Dual Complete
United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
United Healthcare Nexus ACO
United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley
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

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


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Houston Methodist Cancer Center


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