Leah Backhus

Thoracic surgeon, Surgical oncologist, Thoracic specialist, Cardiothoracic surgeon

Bio:   Leah Backhus trained in general surgery at the University of Southern California and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. She practices at Stanford Hospital and is Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the VA Palo Alto. Her surgical practice consists of general thoracic surgery with special emphasis on thoracic oncology and minimally invasive surgical techniques. She is also Co-Director of the Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research Program, and has grant funding through the Veterans Affairs Administration and NIH. Her current research interests are in imaging surveillance following treatment for lung cancer and cancer survivorship. She is a member of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable of the American Cancer Society serving as Chair of the Task Group on Lung Cancer in Women. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. As an educator, Dr. Backhus is the Associate Program Director for the Thoracic Track Residency and is the Chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery which is the accrediting body for all cardiothoracic surgery training programs in the US.
4.9 out of 5
41 Patient Ratings
11 Patient Comments

Heart Surgery Clinic

Heart Surgery Clinic
  • 300 Pasteur Drive
  • 3rd Floor, Clinic A31
  • Stanford , CA 94305
  • Phone: 650-724-7500
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Stanford Cancer Center South Bay

Thoracic Cancer Program in San Jose

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Heart Surgery Clinic in Pleasanton

Heart Surgery Clinic in Pleasanton
  • 5565 W. Las Positas Blvd
  • Suite 320
  • Pleasanton , CA 94588
  • Phone: 925-278-7017
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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2010)
  • Medical Education: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Registrar (2000) CA
  • Residency: LACplusUSC Dept of Surgery (2007) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2008)
  • Residency: UCLA Thoracic Surgery Residency (2009) CA
  • MPH, University of Washington, Health Services (2014)
  • AB, Stanford University, Human Biology

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2018-present)
  • Levi Watkins Innovation and Leadership Scholarship, Thoracic Surgery Foundation (2019)
  • McGoon Award for Teaching in Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (2019)

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Program Director, Thoracic Track, CT Surgery Residency Training Program (2015 - Present)
  • Co- Director, Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research Program (2015 - Present)
4.9

Friendliness

4.9

Explanations

5.0

Listens

4.9

Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.9

Recommended to others

4.1

Wait times

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Dr. Backhus was also outstanding, caring & professional. I am fortunate to have had her perform my surgery & the follow up care.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. L. Backhus and her staff are excellent in all area's of the medical problem that I have.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Backhus' explanation is very clear and precise. Thank you!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Everything was excellent...

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Doctor was amazing too; as usual brilliant, compassionate & down to earth.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Awesome work! Did not feel rushed & felt listened to!

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Backhus' brilliance was amazing as well as her compassionate nature. She was extremely informative isnd went in depth about the surgery. She wad concerned that I understood everything she explained and made me feel comfortable to ask any questions. She also made me feel confident about the success of the and alleviated my stress and worries.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Good!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I felt very comfortable Dr. Backhaus & Angela - NP.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

The care provider was polite; however, I did not need a great amount of time with this appointment.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Leah Backhus was upset & aggravated that we refused surgery after we were told by 2 other doctors it was too risky for my husband to have it at this time - Seemed rude & tried to convince him to have it anyway - Not happy with her - Angela Lee was very helpful & pleasant.

4.9 out of 5
41 Patient Ratings
11 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

Dr. Backhus was also outstanding, caring & professional. I am fortunate to have had her perform my surgery & the follow up care.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. L. Backhus and her staff are excellent in all area's of the medical problem that I have.

SHC Patient, May 2019

Dr. Backhus' explanation is very clear and precise. Thank you!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Everything was excellent...

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Doctor was amazing too; as usual brilliant, compassionate & down to earth.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Awesome work! Did not feel rushed & felt listened to!

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Backhus' brilliance was amazing as well as her compassionate nature. She was extremely informative isnd went in depth about the surgery. She wad concerned that I understood everything she explained and made me feel comfortable to ask any questions. She also made me feel confident about the success of the and alleviated my stress and worries.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

Good!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I felt very comfortable Dr. Backhaus & Angela - NP.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

The care provider was polite; however, I did not need a great amount of time with this appointment.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Leah Backhus was upset & aggravated that we refused surgery after we were told by 2 other doctors it was too risky for my husband to have it at this time - Seemed rude & tried to convince him to have it anyway - Not happy with her - Angela Lee was very helpful & pleasant.