Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD

Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD

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Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD is a general surgery specialist in Mission Viejo, CA and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine in 1997 and specializes in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.Read his story

27451 Los Altos Ste 290

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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Dr. Kanaan's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

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

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

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

Lung Cancer
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Dr. Kanaan treats Lung Cancer more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Kanaan treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Adult Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. Kanaan's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Achalasia
  • Acid Reflux
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced Robotic Surgery
  • Airway Stenting
  • All Lymphoma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bullectomy
  • Cancer
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • da Vinci® Assisted Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • da Vinci® Lobectomy
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair, Open
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Stenting
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagomyotomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Extrapleural Lung Removal
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Hernia Repair
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Granuloma
  • Lung Herniation - Congenital Defect of Sternum
  • Lung Mass
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Nodule
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Tumor
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mesothelioma
  • Minimally Invasive and Navigational Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)
  • Minimally Invasive Thymectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Thymectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lobectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pericardial Cysts
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Biopsy
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Primary Hyperhidrosis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Sequestration
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory System Cancer
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rib Tumor
  • Robotic Assisted Procedure
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Robotic Surgery, Thoracic
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Thoracic Tumors
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Procedure
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymomas
  • Trachea Cancer
  • Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheal Stenosis Syndrome
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Thymectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Zenker's Diverticulum

About Me

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

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic 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 Center Northwestern Meml
Internship Hospital
1997
Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
Medical School
1993
Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School
2008
2007
2004
2002
1998
1997
1993

Awards

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

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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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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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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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If you need a surgeon who know his skill this is your doctor.
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This community is so blessed to have a surgeon of this caliber here. Dr Kanaan is one of only a handful of thoracic surgeons who performs successful robotic surgery. He has even been chosen by the makers of the robot in the operating room to teach other surgeons to use the robot. His results are outstanding and patients are back to normal activity within just a few days. Dr Kanaan is certainly one of a kind!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Given very little notice of my lung cancer, I was very fortunate to get Dr.Kanaan as my surgeon. My surgery took place on June 29. Having just moved my life was in flux. His manner made the process of my preparing for surgery a calming experience & I trusted him explicitly. During hospital stay Dr Kanaan visited me often. My pain problems were relieved & I was up walking shortly. Now I am home and my nurse, Teri McPhillips, who drove me to the doctor's office, admires his "bedside" manner.
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This doctor is amazing. !!! Capable, approachable, explains everything in detail, & answers your phone messages promptly. His caring manner is VERY impressive.
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I am very satisfied with the care I've received from Dr. Kanaan. He explains the procedures and steps involved with my condition in terms I can understand. I am confident that he will steer me in the right direction.
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When I diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year I was overcome with shock and fear of the unknown. Dr. Kanaan was very comforting and assured me that everything was going to be ok. After my cancer was removed I was able to return to a normal life again in only 6 weeks! My family and I are so grateful to have him as my surgeon! I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Kanaan and I am confident he's THE best Thoracic Surgeon in South. Call. Don't settle for second best for something this important!
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