WVU Medicine’s thoracic surgeons use the latest in surgical treatments for diseases of the esophagus and lung. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained thoracic surgeons treat a variety of diseases that include achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis, lung cancer, lung failure, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Our thoracic surgical team uses the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive procedures and robotically assisted procedures, to focus on problems that involve the airway, chest, and esophagus, including:

  • Emphysema
  • Lung Failure
  • Tracheal Stenosis

Chest Cancers

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Mesothelioma

Chest-related Problems

  • Pectus excavatum
  • Pericardial effusions
  • Pleural effusions
  • Pneumothorax
  • Rib abnormalities

Swallowing Problems

  • Achalasia
    • POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy)
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal diverticulum
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • LINX
    • TIF Procedure
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Swallowing problems associated with Myasthenia gravis


  • Hyperhidrosis

Our thoracic surgeons also use the latest in screening techniques and surgical procedures, including:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchus surgery
  • Clagget’s Window
  • Epigastric hernia repair
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Heller myotomy
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic antireflux surgery
  • Lobectomy
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Mediastinal surgery
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Pericardial Window
  • POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy)
  • Robotically assisted lung resection surgery
  • Surgical treatment of hyperhydrosis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thymectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Percival Buenaventura, MD

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J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Medical Center, Camden Clark Medical Center
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Geoffrey Cousins, MD, FACS

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Chief of Cardiac Surgery CCMC/Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon
CT Surgery, Heart & Vascular Medical Ctr
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Robert Herron, DO

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Instructor, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Medical Center, Camden Clark Medical Center
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Jason Lamb, MD

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Director, Thoracic Surgical Quality; Co-Director, Outreach Thoracic Services; Assistant Professor of Medicine, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Medical Center, Camden Clark Medical Center, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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