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Thoracic Surgery

Our doctors use the latest surgical techniques to manage conditions that affect the lungs and surrounding organs.

NYU Langone’s thoracic surgeons specialize in using minimally invasive techniques to manage conditions involving the lungs, esophagus, and chest cavity.

Thoracic surgeries are usually complex, so we use a team approach to develop the most effective treatment plan for your condition. Our team includes specialists in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pulmonary medicine, and radiology from our Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Innovators in Thoracic Care

NYU Langone is one of the few hospitals in the country where nearly all lung cancer surgeries are performed using minimally invasive techniques. We were among the first to use robotic surgical techniques to treat cancers and diseases of the chest cavity, and our surgeons have performed more robotic surgery procedures than those at any other medical center in the world.

Our thoracic surgeons pioneered advanced surgical treatments for non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, and lung metastases. Our team played a role in securing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for two new cancer therapies: photofrin-based photodynamic therapy for endobronchial lung cancer and autofluorescence bronchoscopy system for detecting precancerous cells in the lung.

Treatments that were first used at NYU Langone include endobronchial ultrasound to biopsy lymph nodes in the chest and photodynamic therapy, a light-based treatment for thoracic cancers.

Procedures We Perform

At NYU Langone, our doctors perform the following thoracic surgery procedures:

  • video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive surgical technique, to treat lung cancer or drain fluid around the heart and lungs
  • robotic surgery to treat lung cancer and esophageal cancer and to perform minimally invasive biopsies
  • airway and endobronchial stenting
  • endobronchial sonogram and fluorescence bronchoscopy to diagnose lung cancer
  • laparoscopy to treat conditions affecting the esophagus, including achalasia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • lung volume reduction surgery to treat emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other conditions that affect breathing
  • Nd: Yag laser surgery to treat tumors and other conditions affecting the lungs or esophagus
  • photodynamic therapy to treat esophageal cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and Barrett’s esophagus
  • radiofrequency tissue ablation to treat lung tumors

Our Team

Our thoracic surgeons help patients manage conditions that affect the lungs, esophagus, and chest cavity.

Meet Our Doctors

Our Leadership

  • Aubrey C. Galloway, MD
    Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery | Cardiac Surgery

    Dr. Galloway is internationally recognized for his work on minimally invasive mitral valve repair for degenerative disease. His extensive experience allows for outstanding care for a wide range of patients with heart valve disease. He stresses comprehensive therapeutic options for patients with aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, and all inherited and acquired diseases of the aorta.

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  • Harvey I. Pass, MD
    Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery | Thoracic Surgery

    Dr. Pass is chief of thoracic oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center. He is also chief of thoracic surgery and vice chair for research for NYU Langone’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Pass is board certified in thoracic surgery. He specializes in caring for patients seeking surgical treatment for lung cancer and mesothelioma, and conducts research into ways to improve early detection and diagnosis of those diseases.

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  • Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA
    Chief, Clinical Thoracic Surgery | Thoracic Surgery

    Dr. Cerfolio is director of Perlmutter Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Center, senior consultant at NYU Langone’s Robotic Surgery Center, and chief of clinical thoracic surgery. He is board certified in thoracic surgery and surgery. Dr. Cerfolio has performed more than 17,000 thoracic surgeries, and has developed robotic surgical techniques that have improved survival rates, reduced complications, and been adopted by surgeons around the world.

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