Thoracic Surgery Program

Our outstanding surgeons are dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest. Using minimally invasive procedures, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), along with more traditional surgical techniques, our Thoracic Surgery Program team uses a multi-disciplinary approach. Our Thoracic Surgery Program focuses on the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other diseases of the chest.

Procedures in our Thoracic Surgery Program include:


This surgical procedure is performed on patients to remove the cancerous portion of an esophagus along with surrounding lymph nodes and the top portion of the stomach. The section of the esophagus remaining is rejoined to the remaining section of the stomach to allow food to continue to pass normally through the digestive system. This procedure is used as treatment for esophageal cancer and for precancerous conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus.


Working with a team of pulmonologists and radiologists, our cardiothoracic surgeons perform video assisted thoracoscopic surgery using a small video camera introduced into the patient’s chest via small incisions. Through this camera, the surgeon is able to view instruments in use, as well as the anatomy upon which the surgeon is operating.