Dr. Walter B. Cannon is a Clinical Professor at Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Educational Background

Cannon Graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School in 1969. In 1970 he took an internship at Stanford in Graduate Medical Education. He later went on to complete his entire residency at Stanford, and then another at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In 1975, he joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. In the 90’s he began working part time at the Stanford University Thoracic Surgery Service. Currently, Dr. Cannon is co-director of Operating Room Services at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cannon is a physician and clinical professor. His clinical interests include:

Mesothelioma thoracic surgery
Thoracic cancers
Esophageal cancer
Thoracic surgery
Lung cancer
Cardiothoracic surgery
Thoracic Oncology
Clinical Trials

Dr. Cannon’s scientific focus is related to his area of specialty and interest in thoracic oncology. A few clinical trials that Dr. Cannon has been involved in include:

CyberKnife Radiosurgical Treatment of Inoperable Early Stage Non-Small Cell Cancer
Microarray Analysis of Gene Expression and Identification of Progenitor Cells in Lung Carcinoma
Evaluation of Cyberknife Precision Radiation Delivery System for Unresectable Malignant Lung Cancer
Phase II Docetaxel / Carboplatin / XRT + Surgical Resection in Stage III NSCLC

Dr. Walter B. Cannon has a specific clinical research interest in thoracic oncology and cardiothoracic surgery. As part of his research and affiliation with Stanford, Dr. Cannon has been involved in several publications regarding various aspects of cardiothoracic research. Publications he has engaged in include:

Intraoperative contralateral tension pneumothorax during pneumonectomy. Finlayson GN, Chiang AB, Brodsky JB, Cannon WB. Anesth Analg. 2008; 106 (1): 58-60, table of contents
The Univent tube for single-lung ventilation in paediatric patients. Hammer GB, Brodsky JB, Redpath JH, Cannon WB. Paediatr Anaesth. 1998; 8 (1): 55-7
“Blind” placement of plastic left double-lumen tubes. Brodsky JB, Macario A, Cannon WB, Mark JB. Anaesth Intensive Care. 1995; 23 (5): 583-6
Spontaneous pneumothorax in early pregnancy: successful management by thoracoscopy. Brodsky JB, Eggen M, Cannon WB. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 1993; 7 (5): 585-7
Systemic tumor embolism following thoracotomy partially masked by postoperative epidural analgesia. Brodsky JB, Brose WG, Cannon WB, McKlveen RE. J Cardiothorac Anesth. 1990; 4 (1): 95-6


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