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Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery

Expert Diagnosis and Treatment for Diseases of the Chest and Esophagus

Highly skilled surgeons in the Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery at University Hospitals provide the latest therapies for conditions affecting the lungs and esophagus. The same surgeons perform procedures at multiple University Hospitals locations across the region, offering a full-service program for patients in surrounding communities.

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To schedule an appointment, call 216-844-0065

Thoracic surgeons at University Hospitals have among the best outcomes in the nation for both lung and esophageal surgery, as assessed by the Society of Thoracic Surgery National Database.

Our surgeons are fellowship-trained, and recognized as leaders in traditional and innovative techniques that promote better outcomes for patients. The division has consistently shorter length of stay and lower complications for major lung and esophageal procedures than most academic medical centers.

As a large-volume surgery program, the team has specialized expertise in high-risk lung surgery for older adults, patients with severe emphysema and those deemed too high-risk for traditional surgical methods. For those deemed even too high-risk for minimally invasive, limited interventions, our surgeons offer noninvasive techniques to support patient healing and quality of life.

The Most Advanced Care Protocols for Lung and Esophageal Cancer

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. In addition, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 50 programs in the United States 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 of the most leading-edge treatments.

Congenital Chest Wall Surgery

We treat congenital chest wall abnormalities, including pectus excavatum. While pectus excavatum is often seen as a cosmetic defect, it can have significant impact on patients through compression of the heart. We offer a minimally invasive repair of this defect and innovative pain control measures to shorten post-operation recovery.