Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery

Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery Team is a National Leader in Advanced Therapies

The Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery, based at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio, is at the forefront of minimally invasive therapies for benign and malignant chest disease. We offer a full-service program at multiple regional locations for diagnosing and treating disorders of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, pericardium, pleural space, chest wall, and diaphragm.


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Thoracic surgeons at University Hospitals performed the first minimally invasive esophagectomy in Northeast Ohio, and have among the best outcomes in the nation for both lung and esophageal surgery.

Multidisciplinary tumor boards in the lung, mediastinal, pleural, and esophageal cancer assure patients have access to the most advanced cancer care protocols and clinical trials. University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, as part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, is in the elite group of 28 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) member institutions. The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 50 programs in the U.S. designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and one of a select few sites nationwide that can offer early-phase clinical trials.

Novel Treatments

The division has been a leader in developing less invasive techniques of lung biopsy, including navigation bronchoscopy. Our team is spearheads novel clinical approaches for treating lung cancer in the elderly and those with significant heart and lung disorders. These treatments use smaller incisions and conservative lung resections, minimize complications, shorten hospital stay, and hasten recovery. The division also has significant experience in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS).

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Lung Surgery

UH Cleveland Medical Center is recognized as a center of excellence in high-risk lung surgery.

Esophageal Surgery

Our division has among the lowest combined in-hospital and 30-day mortality elective esophagectomy mortality of any program in the nation.

Chest Wall Surgery

The UH Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery offers care for all traumatic chest wall injuries (rib fracture, flail chest, sternal fracture).

Patient Care

Learn more about how our Division provides expertise through advanced surgical care.

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