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.
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.
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Our surgeons are involved in researching new ways to improve care for people with lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other thoracic conditions.Learn About Our Research
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.
At NYU Langone, our doctors perform the following thoracic surgery procedures:
In recognition of our dedication to quality and excellence in the use of lobectomy surgery to treat lung cancer, NYU Langone has received a three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. We are one of only 16 hospitals in the United States and Canada to achieve this ranking, which puts NYU Langone among the very best hospitals for general thoracic lung cancer surgery.