Madelaine M. Plourde is a thoracic surgeon who treats mesothelioma patients.
- Serves as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Dalhousie University.
- Clinical interests center around minimally invasive surgery and thoracic oncology.
- Research interests include identifying and proving effective clinical therapies in thoracic oncology and conducting translational research.
- Authored or co-authored approximately 60 peer-reviewed journal articles on lung cancer surgery. Her “Design of a Consensus-Derived Synoptic Operative Report for Lung Cancer Surgery appeared in the April 2014 edition of Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
- Involved in directing the clinical trial of a digital air-leak monitoring device and protocol to improve outcomes and shorten hospital stays of mesothelioma and other patients undergoing lung resection and requiring pleural drainage. One key aim is to help surgeons make objective, rather than subjective, decisions regarding the removal of the chest tube.
- Participating in a multicenter, international Phase III clinical trial under the auspices of the U.S. National Cancer Institute that seeks to determine whether lobectomy or sublobar resection — also known as wedge resection or segmentectomy — is more efficacious and better tolerated by patients with non-small-cell lung cancers.
- M.D. degree from the University of Ottawa in Canada.