Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery •  Male • Age 48
  
Dr. Kanaan
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Samer A. Kanaan, MD, FACS

18111 Brookhurst St Ste 4600 Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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(949) 364-6264

Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Fountain Valley, CA and has over 23 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kanaan has more experience with Thoracic Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine medical school in 1997. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center and Hoag Hospital Newport Beach. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kanaan to book an appointment.


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Practice Areas

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery that focuses on surgical treatment of conditions affecting the chest, including the heart, lungs, trachea, esophagus, diaphragm and chest wall.Compare with other Thoracic Surgery specialists.

Typically treats 66% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Decortication and Pleurectomy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kanaan performs Decortication and Pleurectomy more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Kanaan performs this procedure more than 93% of their peers

Lung Surgery
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kanaan performs Lung Surgery more than 87% of their peers

Dr. Kanaan performs this procedure more than 87% of their peers

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kanaan performs Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy more than 85% of their peers

Dr. Kanaan performs this procedure more than 85% of their peers

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Dr. Kanaan's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
  • All Lymphoma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Empyema
  • ENT Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagomyotomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Myeloma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lobectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thymomas
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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DR. KANAAN IS VERY GOOD AND THOROUGH IN EXPLAINING THE PROCEDURE, IT MAKES THE PATIENT FEEL BETTER AND CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS, WE APPRECIATE THE WONDERFUL ACCOMMODATION OF HIS OFFICE STAFF AS WELL.
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Solomon – Jun 17, 2020
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Great Doc. Very excellent surgeon and good communicator. Would recommend to everyone.
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Jim miele – May 05, 2020
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Dr Kanaan is a wonderful communicator and took his time thoroughly explaining my medical condition and treatment options. I greatly appreciate his caring bedside manner and would highly recommend him.
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Michelle MacLachlan – May 05, 2020
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Dr. Kanaan was great all through the process. Before and after surgery. Highly recommend him.
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May 05, 2020
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Dr Kanaan is THE BEST robotic thoracic surgeon in the region!
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Nov 10, 2019
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Dr. Kanaan has been a dream! He was referred to me, so I went in with my list of questions. After introducing himself, he went on to describe my situation and teach me about what was happening and what the surgery would entail. He even answered all my questions, before I had a chance to ask! Surgery went smooth, and he has stayed in contact with any question that has come up. I would HIGHLY recommend him!
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Mar 12, 2019
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From my initial consultation through my surgery and recovery, Dr. Kanaan provided a highly professional experience as well as a surprising personal involvement, putting me at ease with my many questions and concerns. In addition, his office staff is top notch in every aspect. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Kanaan.
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Rick Latham in CA – Feb 11, 2019
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Dr. Kanaan is an excellent doctor and surgeon. He is kind and compassionate as well as skilled. His office staff is also extremely nice and helpful. I would recommend him very highly.
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Aliso Viejo – Jan 30, 2019
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If you need a surgeon who know his skill this is your doctor.
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Nancy M Endrizzi in Anaheim, – Jan 11, 2019
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I was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer. During my initial visit, Dr Kanaan explained my situation in detail. He was very patient with me and thoroughly answered all of my questions. Before my surgery, he always answered my calls promptly and answered all of my questions. The surgery went very smoothly, and I have no complications and minimal pain. As he did before the surgery, he very patiently explained to me the next steps and made himself available for all my questions.
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Kai Cheng in CA – May 31, 2018
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Dr.Kanaan is indeed one of the best doctors I have ever had. He is present with you as you are talking he listens to your every word and then he confirms what you were trying to explain so that you know that you have been heard. He’s what I would consider an old-fashioned. A doctor who returns you phone calls personally guides you through your every step with your medical condition. He’s an excellent physician but most importantly he’s a kind human being with a kind heart and compassionate.
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Liz McCarthy in Yorba Linda California – Apr 21, 2018
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Dr. Cannon has been my surgeon for 7 months in that time he has been quite an inspiration to me he perform surgery on my lung to remove cancer and now I'm cancer-free he continues to see me to see that no cancer returns Dr cannon has been my surgeon for 7 months in that time he has been quite and inspiration to me he performed surgery on my lung to remove cancer and now I'm cancer free he continues to see me to see that no cancer returns I highly recommend his service
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Steve Whelpley in San Clemente – Mar 15, 2018
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Dr. Kanaan is a rare breed of doctors. He is very compassionate and always made sure we had enough time with him. We never felt rushed and he made certain all our concerns were addressed. He was always available and always returned phone calls promptly. Our family always felt like we were in good hands. He is very professional and such a nice person. You will not be disappointed with Dr. Kanaan or the amazing Lina who manages his office.
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Deborah P. in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Mar 06, 2018
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I was pleased and impressed with my experience with Dr. Kanaan from my first phone call to his Office Manager Lina . We had a light hearted conversation, and I immediately felt comfortable. Dr. Kanaan is very kind, but has a great air of confidence. He explained my condition to me in a manner that made it easy to understand. He is readily available to talk and answer any questions. My surgery was a great success, and we are now working my recovery. Many thanks!!
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Randall Madison in Huntington Beach, CA – Mar 02, 2018
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I was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer. My Pulmonologist suggested that I have the tumor surgically removed and highly recommended Dr. Kanaan. I met with Dr. Kanaan and found him to be very personable and professional. He explained the procedure in detail and answered all of my questions. He used a state of the art robotic surgical system to aide him during the surgery which greatly reduced my pain and recovery time. I would enthusiastically recommend Dr. Kanaan for this type of surgery.
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Dale Preston in LAGUNA WOODS, CA – Mar 01, 2018
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Once again Dr. Kanaan responded immediately to tell me my mothers CT Scan came out good, she had that really bad Influenza so I was so concerned, but he reassured me her scan turned out good! He is one of kind,he sets the bar really high for other doctors, great example! Lina in the office is the same, she responds immediately, they are a blessing to me and my family, especially when we were going through so much! Take notice other doctors!!! I highly recommend!!!
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Lorilynn Gable in Huntington Beach – Feb 01, 2018
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I had a very unusual cyst on my heart that Dr Kanaan removed by robotic surgery. I am so glad my daughter, an RN at the hospital, recommended him to me. He was so professional and kind. He is very knowledgable with the robotic machine and my recovery went very well due to the minimal invasive technique. His office manager, Lina, is also very pleasant, efficient and my questions were answered quickly.
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Sylvia Huber in San Juan Capistrano – Dec 30, 2017
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I was referred to Dr. Kanaan after a CT scan showed a spot on my lower right lung lobe. Dr. Kanaan did extensive testing to verify it was a lung cancer and to see if the cancer had spread anywhere else. Fortunately, it had not and the cancerous lower right lung section was removed robotically.. Dr. Kanaan explained in detail what we were doing at each step along the way. Dr. Kanaan, his staff and the staff at Mission Hospital were all wonderful. I am grateful to them all.
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Marvin in Orange,Ca. – Dec 27, 2017
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Dr. kanaan knows his job well. He and his staff are very caring, made me comfortable and addressed the issues clearly. I will definitely recommend Dr. Kanaan to my family and friends.
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Dinesh Davar in Mission Viejo, CA – Dec 25, 2017
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Dr. Kanaan was referred to me by my ENT Specialist after a lesion was discovered by PET Scan in my Right Upper Lung Lobe. This was a surprise as the focus of my diagnosis was on Neck Cancer discovered just previously in Biopsy. My team, Medical Oncologist, ENT, Radiation Oncologist, Dr Kanaan Agreed the Lung had to be dealt with prior to moving ahead with Neck Cancer. The reason for the back up is the swift assessment and actions of the team and Dr Kanaan ability and connection had the Lung surg
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Aliso Viejo, CA – Nov 22, 2017
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About Me

Patients First. Deliver the Highest Quality of Care Possible. Treat patients as I would want my family treated.

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

2008
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2007
Usc University Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2004
McGaw Med Center Northwestern Meml
Residency Hospital
2002
Washington University Barnes Jewish
Residency Hospital
1998
McGaw Med Ctr Northwestern Meml
Internship Hospital
1997
Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
Medical School
1993
Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Excellence in Patient Satisfaction Award, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, 2011
  • Values in Action Excellence Award, St. Joseph Health System, 2010
  • Service Excellence Award, Queen of the Valley Medical Center Avatar Survey, 2009
  • America Top Surgeons Award in Thoracic Surgery, 2011
  • America Top Surgeons Award in Thoracic Surgery, 2010

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Samer A. Kanaan, MD, FACS

Samer A. Kanaan, MD, FACS18111 Brookhurst St Ste 4600 Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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Hoag Cancer Center16105 Sand Canyon Ave Irvine, CA 92618
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Samer A. Kanaan, MD, FACS26732 Crown Valley Pkwy Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Samer A. Kanaan, MD, FACS1310 W Stewart Dr Ste 503 Orange, CA 92868
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Carlos P Delcampo MD301 W Bastanchury Rd Ste 195 Fullerton, CA 92835
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

62% Patient experience rating, 7% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018)

Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Irvine, CA

88% Patient experience rating, 19% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)

Mission Hospital - Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, CA

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center- Laguna Hills

Laguna Hills, CA

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

Saint Joseph Hospital

Orange, CA

78% Patient experience rating, 9% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

St. Jude Medical Center

Fullerton, CA

82% Patient experience rating, 13% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)