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Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgeons at Rush are leaders in minimally invasive and traditional approaches to diagnosing and treating cancerous and noncancerous disorders of the lungs, chest wall, esophagus and diaphragm.

They have performed nearly 900 lung surgeries over the past three years. And they have the most experience in Chicago using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) to treat lung cancer and other conditions. They also provide comprehensive care for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), customizing treatment to offer you the most effective relief for your symptoms.

To ensure that all of your needs are met, our thoracic surgeons collaborate across disciplines as needed, as well as with referring physicians. We welcome patients seeking second opinions.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has designated the Rush Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery as a three-star program for lobectomy, the most common operation performed to remove lung cancers. It is the society's highest rating and is bestowed only on the top five percent of thoracic surgery programs in the U.S.