Thoracic Surgery Services






Thoracic Surgery Services at Penn

Surgeons in the Division of Thoracic Surgery are skilled in a variety of specialized techniques including procedures that range from lung transplant to tracheal surgery. In 2003 and 2004, surgeons in the Division performed more than 1,000 major thoracic procedures – the most active program in the Philadelphia region. Penn remains the only center in the region with an entire group of cardiothoracic surgeons dedicated to the non-cardiac side of the specialty.

Penn thoracic surgeons believe strongly that multidisciplinary care leads to optimal results. A team of specialists review patients and communicate closely with the patient's primary and referring physicians. The Division offers a comprehensive range of services for malignant and non-malignant conditions affecting the lung, esophagus, mediastinum (including the thymus), chest wall, diaphragm and sympathetic chain.

Penn thoracic surgeons perform nearly four times as many lung transplants as any other hospital in the Philadelphia region. In the area of chest, lung, and artificial breathing operations, Penn surgeons do nearly twice as many procedures as other area hospitals. Our experience enables us to provide you with the best possible care and treatment for your disease.

Penn's thoracic surgeons are notable for several reasons:

  • Four thoracic surgeons were recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's 2014 Top Docs issue.
  • One of our thoracic surgeons was honored in The Best Doctors in America 2005-2006.
  • One of our surgeons was this year's recipient of the University Health Network's (UHN) Global Impact Award, which recognizes physicians and scientists throughout history of the UHN for their creative discoveries in medical science that have had major impact worldwide. One of our thoracic surgeon's was the first surgeon in the world with his team to successfully perform a single and double lung transplant.

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