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Northwestern Memorial’s Thoracic Surgery Program offers treatments of a variety of benign and malignant diseases of the thoracic region, including minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgical techniques:

Lung Surgery

  • Lobectomy
  • Segmentectomy
  • Wedge resection
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Blebectomy
  • Pleurodesis

Esophagus Surgery

  • Esophagectomy
  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Heller myotomy

Complex Airway and Other Surgeries

  • Sympathectomy
  • Tracheobronchoplasty

When to See a Thoracic Surgeon

If you have any of these signs, symptoms or conditions, you should consider an appointment with a thoracic surgeon, including:


  • New or changing lung nodule
  • Unexplained cough, shortness of breath or hoarseness
  • Pleural effusion
  • Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
  • Interstitial lung disease


  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal tumor or diverticulum
  • GERD
  • Paraesophageal or hiatal hernias
  • Achalasia

Complex Airway and Other

  • Mediastinal tumor, adenopathy or cyst
  • Chest wall tumor
  • Central airway obstruction
  • Diaphragmatic hernia, tumor, or paralysis
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

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
  • Radiology

The Thoracic Surgery Program also has specialized nurses, anesthesiologists and support personnel.

Last UpdateJanuary 24, 2012