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.

Conditions

Thoracic Surgery Program

The Thoracic Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers 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. Our program is comprised of a highly-specialized team that provides integrated care and practices medicine centered on each patient’s unique circumstances, including:

  • Comprehensive and seamlessly coordinated care across multiple physician disciplines, with team members from:
    • Medical oncology
    • Radiation oncology
    • Interventional pulmonology
    • Thoracic pathology
    • Thoracic radiology
  • A highly specialized team of nurses, anesthesiologists and support personnel
  • Advanced diagnostic technologies
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Convenient and customized patient and family services
  • Significant expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Nationally recognized clinical experts
  • Demonstrated quality outcomes
  • Access to novel therapies and clinical trials
  • Commitment to collaboration with referring physicians
  • Collaboration with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies in clinical trials to improve patient care and advance thoracic science

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call 312.695.1800.

Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

If you require chest surgery, you will find comfort and confidence in the thoracic surgery team at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. The team includes two dedicated, board-certified thoracic surgeons, including one who is specially trained in minimally invasive da Vinci® robotic-assisted thoracic surgery. Our physicians treat the following conditions, among others:

  • Abnormalities of the chest wall (pectus excavatum)
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the lung, esophagus, and mediastinum
  • COPD and emphysema
  • Excessive sweating of the palms and face (hyperhidrosis)
  • GERD
  • Hernias (Hiatal, Hyperhidrosis)
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymph node enlargement (adenopathy)
  • Pleural effusion
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Thymoma
  • Lung nodules