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Harris, Kassem, MD FCCP Medical Director, Interventional Pulmonology

Harris, Kassem
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Language(s): English
Board Certification: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease Medicine
Dr. Harris is Medical Director of Interventional Pulmonology at Westchester Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the New York Medical College. Dr. Harris is also Co-Chair of the Rare Lung, Pleura and Airway Disorders at the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and the editor of the Interventional Pulmonology Corner of the Journal of Thoracic Disease.

Dr. Harris received his medical degree from the Lebanese University and completed his residency and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, USA. He completed his Interventional Pulmonology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Prior to joining us, Dr. Harris started an Interventional Pulmonology Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the State University of New York in Buffalo city where he initiated a medical thoracoscopy and advanced bronchoscopy programs. He performs diagnostic bronchoscopy, such as curvilinear and radial endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy, alongside a wide range of therapeutic bronchoscopic procedures, such as flexible and rigid bronchoscopy with airway stenting using metallic, silicone or hybrid stents, LASER therapy, electrocautery, Argon plasma coagulation, and cryotherapy.

Dr. Harris is committed toward ongoing personal and professional development. He authored multiple papers on diagnostic and therapeutic advanced bronchoscopy for complex airway diseases, pleuroscopy and pleural procedures. His primary research focus is on new bronchoscopic therapies for lung cancer patients using photodynamic therapy and other new drug agents and devices, and on developing new bronchoscopic techniques for the diagnosis of peripheral lung nodules.

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Medical School: Lebanese Faculty of Medical Sciences
Residency: Staten Island University Hospital - Internal Medicine
Primary Fellowship: Staten Island University Hospital - Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Secondary Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania - Interventional Pulmonology


Specialties: Interventional Pulmonology
Special Clinical Interest:
  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), curvilinear and radial
  • Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Medical thoracoscopy (pleuroscopy)
  • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
  • Electrocautery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Endobronchial brachytherapy
  • Narrow Band imaging
  • Balloon bronchoplasty
  • Airway stents of silicone, metal, or metal covered with silicone (hybrid stents)
  • Endobronchial valve placement
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Pleurodesis


Westchester Medical Center

100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.7518
Fax: 914.493.8130

Kingston Medical Arts Building

368 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401