Thoracic surgery is the practice of medicine focused on the surgical treatment of disease 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.
While much of thoracic surgery involves surgery for types of cancer, it may also involve treatment of diseases that are not cancer-related, such as treatments for myasthenia gravis, or hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and achalasia.
The Thoracic Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been and continues to be at the leading edge of thoracic surgery and ongoing thoracic medical research.
The Thoracic Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers:
- Comprehensive and coordinated care across multiple physician disciplines
- 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
Board-certified thoracic surgeons on the medical staff have extensive expertise in managing the full spectrum of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) diseases of the:
- Lung and airway
- Chest wall
Why Choose Northwestern Memorial?
Our team of physician specialists works together to meet the unique clinical needs of each of our patients. We are committed to the seamless coordination of care among the members of our team, and with our patients and physicians partners in the community. Our team includes members from:
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Pulmonary medicine
- Thoracic pathology
The Thoracic Surgery Program also has specialized nurses, anesthesiologists and support personnel.
For more information about the Thoracic Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, call 312-695-3800 or 1-877-926-4664, or request a first time appointment online.
Tune in to Health
Listen to Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, discuss surgical treatment of lung cancer.