Thoracic Surgery Services at Pennsylvania Hospital





Thoracic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital

The Thoracic Surgery Program at Pennsylvania Hospital draws upon the resources of Penn’s sophisticated academic medical center expertise. Patients are seen as outpatients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and may choose to have their surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital or the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A multidisciplinary team of Pennsylvania Hospital physicians convenes weekly to discuss each patient’s optimal treatment plan.

Specialty Services
Our program offers surgical management for malignant and non-malignant conditions affecting the lung, esophagus, thymus, mediastinum, chest wall and diaphragm.

Malignant disease:

  • Surgical resection for lung, esophageal, thymic and other chest malignancies
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgical (VATS) lobectomy for lung cancer
  • Specialized treatment and protocols for patients with advanced lung cancer including aggressive, lungsparing operations for cases often deemed inoperable at other institutions
  • Resection of sarcoma metastatic to the lungs
  • Multi-modality treatment for patients with lung cancer, esophageal cancer (including transhiatal esophagectomy and video-assisted esophagectomy) and mesothelioma
  • Surgical and medical management of lung metastases

Non-malignant disease:

At Penn, many of these procedures can be performed using a minimally invasive approach.

  • Thymoma resections and transcervical thymectomy for myasthenia gravis (performed at only a few centers nationwide)
  • VATS resection of mediastinal cysts and posterior mediastinal neurogenic tumors

Research Protocols to Advance Patient Care Standards

We provide access to virtually all clinical trials via national cooperative groups dedicated to studying the treatment of thoracic disease. Among other trials, we have been particularly active in significant thoracic surgery trials sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.


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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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Encyclopedia Articles about Lungs and Lung Surgery




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