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, 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:

  • Emphysema.
  • Lung failure.
  • Tracheal stenosis.


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

Procedures for lung and chest wall conditions

Procedures for esophageal or swallowing conditions:

Download a Free Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders Treatment Guide

Why choose Cleveland Clinic for your care?

Our outcomes speak for themselves.

The Society of Thoracic Surgery’s (STS) General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD) releases star ratings for outcomes of lobectomy, a treatment for lung cancer esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. The latest database analysis covers the three-year period from July 2020 - June 2023, for which Cleveland Clinic achieved a three-star rating for esophagectomy and a two-star rating for lobectomy for lung cancer.

Heart & Vascular Institute 2-Star Lobectomy for Lung Cancer and 3-Start Esophagectomy Rating | Cleveland Clinic
Our Doctors

Our Doctors



What to Expect

Whether you are coming from around the corner or around the world, you want to know what to expect before, during and after your visit with us. If you have any questions while reviewing this information, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

By Phone

216.445.6860 or toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 56860


Go to Desk J4 - 1, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.


Use our secure online form to submit an appointment request 24/7. We will receive it and follow-up with you as soon as possible.

Physician Referrals

Call the referring Physician Hotline, available every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST: 855.REFER.123 (855.733.3712)



For Patients

Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute physicians, surgeons, and researchers continue to research into new treatments and therapies with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes into the future.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials (or research studies) help us create the medicine of tomorrow. They provide hope through offering testing of new drugs, new surgical techniques or other treatments before they are widely available.

We can help you access hundreds of clinical trials across all specialty areas. Our new searchable online trials tool makes identifying treatment opportunities easier than ever.