Thoracic Surgery Services at HUP





Thoracic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, patients are cared for by a specially-trained thoracic surgical team including specialized thoracic anesthesiologists and OR nurses. After surgery, patients are transferred to a unit staffed by nurses, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists with a special interest in caring for thoracic surgery patients.

Our thoracic surgeons specialize in the following services for malignant diseases (cancer):

  • Video-assisted thoracic surgical (VATS) lobectomy for lung cancer
  • Aggressive, lung-sparing operations for lung cancer cases deemed inoperable elsewhere
  • Multi-modality treatment for patients with lung and esophageal cancer and mesothelioma
  • Surgical management of lung metastases

Our surgoens also provide the following procedures for non-malignant diseases, many of which can be performed using a minimally invasive approach:

  • Transcervical thymectomy for myasthenia gravis (performed at only a few centers nationwide)
  • Lung volume reduction surgery and bullectomy for
  • VATS resection of mediastinal cysts and posterior
    mediastinal neurogenic tumors
  • VATS sympathectomy for hyperhydrosis

Research Protocols to Advance Patient Care Standards

Basic research lab:

  • The Thoracic Oncology Lab studies gene therapy and other novel approaches to thoracic cancers.

Clinical research program - current active trials include evaluations of:

  • Gene therapy for malignant mesothelioma
  • Staple line buttresses and chest tube management to reduce air leak after lung surgery
  • Mediastinal lymphadenectomy versus sampling for lung cancer
  • Developing of a blood test for lung cancer
  • Adaptation of respiratory muscles after LVRS

We also provide access to clinical trials available via national cooperative groups studying thoracic disease.


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Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.

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