The Section of Thoracic Surgery at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center provides highly advanced, personalized care for patients with conditions affecting their lungs, trachea, esophagus, chest wall, and mediastinum (the area between the lungs).

We offer comprehensive, world-class care close to home, without the need to travel into Boston. We treat each person, first and foremost, as an individual, with compassion, personal attention and true caring.

Our board-certified thoracic surgeons are among the top minds in their field. Our team brings a combination of preeminent education, training and extensive clinical practice experience to manage each patient’s condition. As an academic center and teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine, we provide state-of-the-art treatments for conditions including:

  • Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and other types of chest cancers
  • Thymus cancer and tumors
  • Esophageal diseases including reflux (GERD) and swallowing problems such as achalasia
  • Conditions affecting the chest wall, ribs, and mediastinum
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD ), including emphysema and other conditions affecting the lungs
  • Pleural disease, including malignant pleural effusions and pleural cancer

Minimally Invasive Specialists

Our thoracic surgeons are experts in advanced minimally invasive approaches to treat thoracic conditions, including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic thoracic surgery, as well as traditional open procedures.

Minimally invasive procedures use small incisions and tiny cameras and instruments to treat many conditions that, in the past, could only be addressed with surgery performed using large incisions. Some of the benefits of minimally invasive techniques include faster recovery times and less pain.

Among the state-of-the-art procedures we offer are robotic lobectomy for lung cancer and peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), an endoscopic procedure to treat achalasia and other swallowing disorders.

Team Approach

The Lahey culture emphasizes close collaboration between teams of experienced physicians to provide optimal care for each and every patient. We embrace a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to disease management. Specialists from thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, interventional pulmonary medicine, radiology and pathology collaborate to provide you with the best care possible.

When you seek care at Lahey, you can be assured that everyone involved in your treatment has your best interests in mind. Your care is tailored specifically for you. And with so many top minds working toward your recovery, every detail is considered.