NorthShore’s Division of Thoracic Surgery delivers high quality specialized care for a wide array of thoracic conditions. This includes both benign diseases such as a collapsed lung or problems swallowing and malignant diseases such as lung and esophageal cancer.  

Thoracic cancer conditions require a multipronged approach. Our multidisciplinary team of thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and other specialists meet weekly at tumor boards, where we work in tandem to discuss each patient’s case. Our team of thoracic surgeons partner with medical oncologists in the Kellogg Cancer Center to develop coordinated treatment plans that provide each cancer patient the very best personalized care.

Physician Expertise

Our team of surgical specialists has nearly 30 years of combined experience in thoracic surgery. Our dedicated general thoracic surgeons care for patients with lung, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum diseases. Our focus on thoracic surgery ensures that our patients receive leading-edge surgical approaches from knowledgeable experts in the field.

Our board-certified thoracic surgeons have more than a decade of experience performing innovative minimally invasive techniques. The depth and breadth of our surgical expertise allows us to provide a range of surgical options to optimize outcomes for each and every patient.

Minimally Invasive Techniques

Less pain, faster recovery and smaller incisions have made advanced minimally invasive procedures the surgical treatment of choice for many conditions. At NorthShore, our thoracic surgeons have extensive experience providing video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in place of traditional open­ surgery. Using pencil thin surgical instruments, our surgical team can gain access to the lungs, esophagus and other areas of the chest with the least amount of tissue damage possible. We routinely use these techniques for:

More than 95 percent of NorthShore’s major lung and esophageal surgeries are performed using less invasive techniques. We treat nearly all early stage lung cancer cases with VATS compared with the national average that is significantly lower. The typical hospital stay for a patient undergoing VATS at NorthShore is also considerably shorter than the national average.

Research & Innovation

NorthShore's Division of Thoracic Surgery plays an important role in enhancing patient care through clinical research and innovation. We participate in local and national multidisciplinary clinical trials, offering the latest treatments to our patients. An early advocate of lung cancer screening, NorthShore runs a program modeled after the landmark study that proved that low dose CT scanning was an effective and potentially lifesaving screening tool in high-risk patients.

Committed to improving the safety and quality of surgical care, we develop initiatives to ensure the best outcomes for those who entrust us with their care. Leaders in the field, our specialists contribute to research, academic and advocacy efforts in Illinois and across the country to translate promising findings that ultimately benefit our community.