Thoracic Surgery


The Division of Thoracic Surgery is dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest. We continue to expand treatment options for patients utilizing minimally-invasive procedures, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), and robotic-assisted technology.

Our surgeons provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques and cancer therapies, with a major focus on early diagnosis, better cancer staging, surgical treatment and prediction of recurrence in lung, esophageal, and gastric cancer.  We take a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of these cancers working closely with other specialists.  Our thoracic surgeons treat the following diseases: cancer and benign diseases the lungs, esophagus, stomach and mediastinum. This includes lung cancer, esophageal cancer, benign esophageal diseases (including achalasia, benign tumors and strictures),  gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernias, mediastinal tumors and diseases (including the surgical treatment of myasthenia gravis), mesothelioma, pleural diseases (including pneumothorax, infections and pleural effusions), and chest wall tumors. We also perform procedures to treat thoracic outlet obstruction, excessive sweating of the palms (hyperhidrosis) and in select cases the surgical treatment of emphysema.

 

Doctors Specializing in Thoracic Surgery


John H. Ganser, MD, FACS

David Penner, MD

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