Dr. Farzaneh Banki, MD

Dr. Farzaneh Banki, MD

Thoracic Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 52
Dr. Farzaneh Banki, MD is a thoracic surgery specialist in Houston, TX and has been practicing for 11 years. She graduated from University Of Montreal, Quebec and specializes in thoracic surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.Read her story

11914 Astoria Blvd Ste 260

Houston, TX 77089

Contact Information

(713) 486-1100

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Health Plan of Texas
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
more than 83% of peers
Esophageal Surgery
more than 82% of peers
Esophageal Diseases
more than 82% of peers

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Dr. Banki's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Banki "Dr. Farzaneh Banki obtained her medical degree from the University of Montreal, Canada, in 1996. She subsequently completed her internship and general surgery residency at the University of Southern California (USC), including a year of clinical research in the esophageal motility laboratory. She acquired further experience in the treatment of esophageal disease during her thoracic and foregut fellowship at USC before working for a year as a clinical fellow at Response Genetics, Inc., to identify the role of plasma DNA as a diagnostic tool in the treatment of patients with esophageal cancer. After completing her training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007, she served in the Department of Surgery at USC from July 2007-2009. Dr. Banki became a member of the faculty at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston in 2009. As Professor of Surgery at McGovern and Director of the Esophageal Disease Center at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Dr. Banki focuses on the treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and lungs. Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal motility disorder, malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach, as well as benign and malignant disease of the lungs and airway. Her focus of research includes the role of plasma DNA in the screening and diagnosis of primary, metastatic and recurrent esophageal cancer, diagnosis and treatment of complex hiatal hernia, and treatment of achalasia"
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Banki "Minimal Invasive Antireflux Surgery, Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy, Minimally Invasive Myotomy,  Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery"

2  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

8  Conditions Treated

  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease

15  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Montreal, Quebec
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • University Of Montreal, Quebec
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University Southern California Medical Center Los Angeles County
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • University Of Washington, Seattle
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • University Southern California Medical Center Los Angeles County
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Banki has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Banki's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Banki to family and friends
20 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

  • 5
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Banki's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

Dr Banki is leading the fight for my life. I have esophageal cancer. On a suggestion from my GI Doc. My appointment with Dr. B was set within two days. By the end of 4 o’clock there was concrete plan in place. My cancer was diagnosed 3/1/2018. I am 4 of 5 though my chemo treatment and 14 of 28...more
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Due to cancer, in 1987, surgeons removed most of Charlie's stomach, part of his esophagus, and the transverse section of his colon, then attached the gut to his esophagus. Over time, the lower muscles in his esophagus ceased working, so he couldn't swallow and was dependent on a feeding tube. He...more
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Dr. Banki was recomended to us after I was diagnosed w. lung cancer. We called her office for an appointmen and I was scheduled for surgery in a week. I really liked Dr. Banki from the first day I met her, very upbeat and positive and caring. As beautiful inside as she is outside and I thank God...more
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Dr. Banki is an amazing surgeon,she cares so much about her patients,and how their well being is,Dr. Banki personally interacts with her patients,and treats them as if they are her family,she has really helped me be whole again after performing this reflux surgery,and I thank her so much,Dr. Banki...more
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This doctor intimidates everyone that comes in contact with her. NUrses do not want to work with nor for her. When a doctor treats others like this, she will also treat patients like this as well.
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