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UH Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery Accepts Clinician Referrals

University Hospitals Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio is one of the most prominent medical centers in the U.S. for leading-edge lung and esophagus surgery, and welcomes clinician referrals for consultation and treatment of lung, chest and esophageal conditions, including cancer.

Knowing how important it is for referring physicians to schedule an appointment quickly for each patient, we offer to see patients within 48 hours.

Communication with referring physicians is also one of our topmost priorities. We develop close partnerships with each patient’s referring physician, updating them at regular intervals during treatment. After treatment at UH, the patient is returned back to the referring physician.

To refer a patient, call 866-UH4-CARE (866-844-2273).

Surgeons Trained in Advanced Minimally Invasive Techniques

All our surgeons have advanced and specialized training in minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) which can be used for the majority of cases. The UH Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery is considered an advanced center, as evidenced by the fact that 75 percent of the lobectomies we perform are done using VATS techniques. Some advantages for referring a patient to UH Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery include the following:

  • UH patients typically experience less postoperative pain, fewer complications, lower transfusion requirements, quicker recoveries and faster return to normal activities; while patients undergoing major lung surgery at other hospitals may need six weeks to return to work, most having surgery at UH can return to work in two to three weeks.
  • Our results are better than most advanced tertiary academic centers as shown by the Society of Thoracic Surgery Database. 
  • Typically, lung and esophageal cancers are among the most difficult to stage and treat. That makes the first choice for treatment even more critically important. The diagnosis, cancer staging and treatment can be performed with speed and efficiency not available at other institutions. Teamed with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center oncologists and radiologists as well as referring physicians, the division offers multimodal treatment plans.

Treatment Options for High-Risk Patients

For high-risk patients (the elderly or those with severe emphysema), treatment options are available. For inoperative tumors or extremely frail patients, noninvasive treatments available include navigation broncoscopy for diagnosis, and the CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery system, which delivers high doses of radiation directly to lung tumors, typically on an outpatient basis over one to five days, with minimal side effects.

The surgical staff is deeply involved in research and clinical trials, with current activity largely focused on lepidic growth cancers (nonsmoking-related cancers), women’s cancers, esophageal studies and a program comparing the results of VATS to CyberKnife® in lung patients.

Affordable Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

In response to the National Cancer Institute’s recent National Lung Screening Trial, which demonstrated a 20 percent reduction in risk of lung cancer death among 53,000 current and former heavy smokers, UH now offers low-dose, full-chest CT scanning for just $99, bringing the benefits of earlier detection within reach for many more patients throughout northeast Ohio who meet the following screening criteria:

  • Male or female, age 55 – 74
  • Smoked, on average, at least one pack/day for 30 years
  • Quit smoking less than 15 years ago

Patients can schedule screenings at convenient locations across the region by calling 1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273).

Request an Appointment

Request an appointment with a specialist at University Hospitals.
1-866-UH4-CARE 1-866-844-2273 or use our Online Request Form

Physician Advice Line

Referring physicians or patients seeking additional information about thoracic and esophageal cancer services should call our Physician Advice Line at 216-844-1001. The on-call physician will direct your call to the appropriate person.

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