Thoracic surgeons treat patients who require surgical solution to diseases and disorders of the chest, which includes things such as cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest wall (mediastinum), as well as tumors in organs contained within the chest cavity.

Typically, thoracic surgery is used for the treatment of cancer, but  it may also be used for the treatment of diseases that are not cancer-related, such as:

Northwestern Medicine board-certified thoracic surgeons have extensive expertise in managing the full spectrum of malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous) diseases of the lung, chest wall, pleura, mediastinum and esophagus. Your primary care physician or a physician specialist such as a cardiologist, pulmonologist or gastroenterologist may refer you to a thoracic surgeon if they feel that you would receive more effective treatment for a condition affecting the thoracic region.

Meet the Teams

The Northwestern Medicine Thoracic Surgery teams offer the latest surgical procedures for benign and malignant diseases of the chest, including the tracheobronchial tree (airways), lungs, pleura, esophagus, diaphragm, chest wall and mediastinum.
A physician looks at a pulmonary scan of the lungs.

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