About Me

Dr. Kanaan specializes in thoracic surgery, minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, esophageal surgery and Heller myotomy. Every effort is made to ensure a faster recovery for his patients, with measures such as small incisions. Delivery of the highest quality compassionate care is important to Dr. Kanaan.

My patients come first. I treat them as I would want my family treated.

Dr. Kanaan is currently accepting new patients and accepts a wide variety of health plans including Medicare.


  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Oncology

Board Certification

  • Thoracic Surgery Certified
  • General Surgery Certified


  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Orange County Medical Society
  • Physician Society
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons


  • Leading Physician of the World
  • Top Cardiothoracic and Minimally Invasive Surgeon in California, 2014
  • Jackson and Coker Cum Laude “Doctor of the Year” Finalist, 2013
  • US News and World Report Top Doctors in America Award, 2012, Thoracic Surgery
  • America’s Top Surgeons Award in Thoracic Surgery, 2010-2016 by Consumers Research Council of America
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America Award for 2010-2016

Personal Interests

  • Family time
  • Soccer
  • History



Provider Specialty

Cardiothoracic / Thoracic Surgery


Medical Education

Northwestern University - School of Medicine


Northwestern University - McGaw Medical Center


University of Southern California - LA County Medical Center


Brigham & Women's Hospital


Samer Kanaan, MD

4 Hughes, Suite 100

Irvine, CA

Office: (949) 679-6874