The surgeons within Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic Surgery are leaders in the surgical treatment of diseases of the lung and esophagus, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung failure, esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus, achalasia, thoracic outlet syndrome and hyperhidrosis.

Our comprehensive program, which is part of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, serves as a national referral center, offering cutting edge screening techniques to the latest minimally invasive surgical procedures. Multidisciplinary clinics are available for swallowing disorders, airway disease, lung failure and lung cancer.

Related Institutes

The Thoracic Surgery Department works very closely with other specialty Institutes and Programs to provide patients with comprehensive care:

What We Treat

What We Treat

Cleveland Clinic Thoracic Surgeons are leaders in the surgical treatment of problems involving the chest, airway and esophagus. These include:

Swallowing problems such as:

Cancers involving the chest such as:

Chest problems:

Airway problems


Our comprehensive program offers a broad range of services, from cutting edge screening techniques to the latest advances in minimally invasive surgical procedures:

Why choose Cleveland Clinic for your care?

Our outcomes speak for themselves. Please review our facts and figures and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

The outcomes for the Department of Thoracic Surgery include surgery volume and mortality, distribution of surgeries, pulmonary resection mortality, distribution of pulmonary resections, pulmonary resection length of stay, esophageal surgery operative mortality, and distribution of esophageal surgeries by indication and esophageal length of stay.





What to Expect

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