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Peter W. Barrett, M.D. specializes in thoracic care and is the Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Barrett also serves on the faculty as an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, teaching cardiothoracic surgery to medical school students at the University.
Dr. Barrett earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in the Caribbean. In 1991, he completed his residency in general surgery and became board certified at Morristown General Hospital in New Jersey. In 1995, he completed his specialization in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital. To add to his list of accomplishments, he completed a fellowship in cardiopulmonary transplantation at Yale University. While completing his post-doctoral requirements, he also earned a degree in Healthcare Management from Harvard University.
For a brief period, Dr. Barrett conducted clinical classes at SUNY Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse, and also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. After this assignment, he worked as a Forensic Consultant at the American Medical Forensic Specialist, Inc., in Berkeley, California. The Great Lakes Surgical Specialists in Battle Creek, Michigan accepted Dr. Barrett as a cardiothoracic surgeon in 1999. He served there until 2002.
Dr. Barrett provides treatment for cancer of the lungs and esophagus. He also treats rare cancers such as mesothelioma, thymoma and squamous cell cancer. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is caused by asbestos inhalation. The disease is difficult to treat because of its long latency period. After the individual is exposed, it may take up to 20 years or more for cancer to develop, if it ever does. Most often, the cancer is not discovered until later stages of the disease. At this point, the prognosis is grim and the cancer is difficult to treat. Dr. Barrett is skilled in treating individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Dr. Barrett strives to make advancements in clinical research. He has written several publications and contributes to a number of internationally acclaimed medical journals on a frequent basis.
In addition to thoracic surgery, Dr. Barrett also performs the following surgical procedures: