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Our Services

Thoracic Surgery

We have doctors in Manhattan and Brooklyn. To make an appointment, please call one of our thoracic surgeons.

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.

Advances in Thoracic Surgery

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.

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

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.