Thoracic Surgery


The University of Michigan’s Section of Thoracic Surgery is a nationally recognized leader in the surgical treatment of patients with diseases of the esophagus, lung, mediastinum, trachea and diaphragm. Our surgeons have pioneered and refined the transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer, a procedure which has been performed by our group in more than 2,500 patients.
In 1990, U-M was the first in Michigan to perform a lung transplant. Since then we have performed more than 500 lung transplants. Our center also participated in the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) and provides evidence-based lung volume reduction surgery for patients with severe emphysema.

Our goal is to make your operation as minimally invasive as possible without compromising important surgical principles. We do this through the latest techniques including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), laparoscopy and da Vinci™ - based robotic-assisted thoracic surgery.

Our surgeons are nationally recognized experts in the treatment of:

We also offer complex airway and esophageal endoscopic procedures including dilations, stenting, laser ablation and endobronchial ultrasound. In addition, our patients have benefitted from well-established esophagectomy and lung transplant support groups providing patients with an important resource for answering their questions pre and post-operatively.

To make an appointment call 734-936-4973.