Paul F. Harron Jr. Lung Center

Thoracic Surgery at the Paul F. Harron Jr. Lung Center

Penn's Thoracic Surgery Program is one of the largest and most active programs on the East Coast. Penn’s lung surgeons perform more than double the number of lung surgeries than any medical center in the region. In one year Penn’s thoracic team performed more than 2,000 diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including more than 500 lung resections.

The thoracic surgery team treats complex lung diseases and disorders, including:

  • Chest tumors
  • Complex airway disorders
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Tumors and obstruction of the trachea

From diagnosis through treatment, Penn lung patients have access to the most advanced facilities available:

  • High-tech imaging center
  • Pulmonary testing laboratory
  • General thoracic nursing unit for post-operative care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation gym

Penn Medicine also features a Lung Nodule Program that was developed to address the growing number of patients being diagnosed with tiny round- or oval-shaped sores (called lesions or nodules) on or in their lungs. The goal is to save patients from unnecessary surgery and to catch possible lung cancers early when they are most treatable.