Thoracic Division

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Thoracic Division

The Thoracic Division at Weill Cornell is dedicated to the delivery of advanced, high quality, comprehensive care to patients with diseases of the lung, trachea, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum. We have developed one of the largest surgical practices focused on thoracic surgical treatment of lung and esophageal diseases.

Thoracic research is an integral part of the division. Our research has focused on elucidating the genetic bases of lung, esophageal and other thoracic malignancies. We have an active collaboration with other Cornell scientists in the areas of cancer immunology and lung cancer vaccines.

Our thoracic surgeons have developed an impressive team which includes medical and radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, neurologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dedicated thoracic intensive care nurses, respiratory therapists, speech therapists and social workers. Our team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality care to our thoracic patients before, during, and even after their hospital stay.

We have also designed one of the most sophisticated minimal access centers in the world at the Weill-Cornell campus. Many of the surgeons in the center have pioneered the development of procedures, which are being implemented at other medical centers. Minimal access surgery now makes up a considerable proportion of the surgical procedures performed in the division of Thoracic Surgery at the Weill Cornell campus.

The applications for minimal access surgery have expanded considerably and now include not only the diagnosis but also the definitive surgical treatment of lung, esophageal, mediastinal disorders and hyperhidrosis. Video-thoracoscopic approaches are applicable for patients with lung and esophageal cancer, as well as thymectomy for thymic tumors and other disorders. Thoracoscopy is also the preferred approach for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Lapararoscopy is also utilized for the treatment of benign disease of the esophagus such as reflux and achalasia.

Helpful Resources

Weill Cornell Patient Guide to Thoracic Cancer