Thoracic surgeons at WVU Medicine care for conditions that affect the lungs, esophagus and chest wall. Our expert surgeons use the latest diagnostic tools and treatments to help you.

We provide personalized care that includes a number of specialty areas. You receive care from multiple physicians at one location, ensuring you have the right diagnosis and treatment plan for you. Your care team may include:

  • Thoracic surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Respiratory therapists

Your team is passionate about providing outstanding care. We help you choose your treatments and offer compassionate support.

Innovative thoracic surgery care

Our experienced thoracic surgeons use the most advanced treatments options available. We provide robotic and minimally invasive thoracic surgeries that have faster recoveries than other surgeries, helping you spend less time in the hospital.

Our physicians have more experience performing robotic surgeries than any other surgeons in the region. We have one of the most structured robotic thoracic surgeries programs in country, giving you access to the latest care and highly trained surgeons. Our program aims to improve your safety as well as the quality of robotic surgeries.

Robotic surgery options include:

  • Esophagectomy to remove part of the esophagus
  • Lung-preserving surgery
  • Sympathectomy for excessive sweating
  • Lung resection for thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Heller myotomy to release the muscle at the end of the esophagus

Our thoracic surgeons also perform cutting-edge laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries. These surgeries use fewer incisions or no incisions. With fewer incisions, you are at a lower risk for pain, bleeding and infection. You also have a faster recovery from surgery.

These laparoscopic surgeries include:

  • LINX magnetic ring for GERD to prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection to remove damaged or cancerous areas of the esophagus
  • Radiofrequency ablation to burn away cancerous or damaged cells
  • Cryoablation to freeze away cancerous or damaged cells
  • Transoral stapling of the diverticulum to treat Zenk’s divertuculum
  • Per oral endoscopic myotomy to release the muscle at the end of the esophagus

Our thoracic surgeons give you access to advanced, effective surgeries that can improve your health and quality of life.

Conditions we treat

We treat a wide range of lung, esophagus and chest conditions, including:

  • Achalasia – a condition that makes it hard for food to enter the stomach
  • Barrett’s esophagus – a condition caused by GERD that increases your risk for esophageal cancer
  • Chest wall abnormalities – conditions such as concave chest (pectus excavatum) or pigeon chest (pectus carinatum)
  • Esophagus cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) – a condition in which stomach acid enters the esophagus
  • Hiatal hernia – a condition in which the stomach muscle pushes through a weak area of the diaphragm
  • Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating
  • Lung cancers
  • Mediastinal tumors – tumors in the space between the lungs
  • Paralyzed diaphragm – a condition in which the diaphragm cannot move correctly
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome – when blood vessels or nerves are compressed in the chest
  • Thymoma and thmyic tumors – tumors that affect the thymus, a small organ between the lungs
  • Zenker’s diverticulum – a small pouch that forms at the top of the esophagus

You can rely on thoracic surgeons at WVU Medicine Center for Thoracic Surgery to give you the care you need for better health.