Thoracic Surgey

At Westchester Health, our Thoracic Surgery Department contains board trained and certified physicians who specialize in advanced and minimally invasive chest surgery.

With years of experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, our expertly trained thoracic surgeons employ highly innovative surgical methods to perform conventional and thoracoscopic surgery for malignant and benign diseases affecting organs inside the chest cavity. These include the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, pleura, pericardium, diaphragm and chest wall. Procedures include lung surgery, esophageal surgery, anti-reflux surgery, bariatric surgery and hernia surgery, among others.

At Westchester Health, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of all pulmonary conditions, including esophageal cancer and lung cancer. Our Thoracic Center is staffed with highly trained physicians, physician assistants, nurses and support staff, all with the goal of providing the highest quality patient-care. 

The Thoracic Surgery Program at Phelps Memorial Hospital Is Designated a Center of Excellence

We are very pleased to be aligned with our Northwell Health colleagues at Phelps Memorial Hospital, whose Thoracic Center has been designated a Center of Excellence.

A center of excellence is a specialized program within a hospital or ambulatory setting which provides an exceptionally high concentration of expertise and related resources centered on a particular area of medicine. The medical services of this specialized program are delivered in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary manner to bring about the best possible patient outcomes.

Delivering world-class care, centers of excellence distinguish their medical institutions as concentrations of expertise for the care and treatment of particular conditions. This allows the institutions to attract and retain the most highly skilled and experienced physicians, clinicians and researchers in their field, which in turn benefits patients by providing a higher level of quality care through the use of innovative tools, technologies and techniques—all of which improve outcomes.

What makes Westchester Health’s Thoracic Surgery Department different?

At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your long-term health.  

From the first time you arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you and your family as is necessary to make sure you understand the thoracic surgery we are recommending, your treatment options and follow-up care. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain all the details of pre- and post-surgery and answer any questions you may have so that you fully understand what to expect.

Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you quickly recognize that our Thoracic Surgery group truly cares about each and every one of our patients. When you need us, we are here for you.     

Always at the forefront of medicine

The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding thoracic surgery. As part of Northwell Health, our thoracic surgeons participate in its Division of Thoracic Surgery training programs, making sure they are continually up-to-date on the newest technological advances in the field of thoracic surgical procedures and have ready access to the latest state-of-the-art surgical techniques.         

In addition, our thoracic surgeons are involved in ongoing clinical research programs that are crucial to developing new and improved methods of performing thoracic surgery. By staying abreast of changes in the field of thoracic surgery, our Division of Thoracic Surgery can provide the most modern treatments to minimize discomfort and improve recovery time for patients undergoing thoracic procedures.

Minimally invasive robot-assisted procedures

Our thoracic surgery program uses the innovative technology of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to perform the most minimally invasive and life-saving procedures. The sophisticated da Vinci instruments allow surgeons to make the smallest possible incisions, which can reduce post-surgery discomfort and lower risk of infections. Such minimally invasive operations have been shown to result in shorter hospital stays when compared to surgeries performed using conventional, invasive surgical techniques.

Smaller incisions, quicker healing

In robot-assisted surgery, your thoracic surgeon uses small high-definition cameras with small surgical instruments, eliminating the need for large incisions that can result in excessive blood loss and complications related to the healing of large wounds. Robot-assisted thoracic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System can treat disorders impacting the organs and tissues inside the chest, with lower risk of infections, less blood loss and quicker healing.

Comprehensive thoracic surgery services

  • Robotic thoracic surgery
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery
  • Foregut surgery
  • Advanced upper endoscopy and endoscopic esophageal interventions
  • Benign and malignant lesions of the lung
  • Tracheal resection and reconstruction
  • Surgery of the mediastinum
  • Endo-bronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Navigational bronchoscopy
  • Laser therapy
  • Surgical management of hyperhidrosis
  • Surgery for congenital chest wall deformities
  • Thoracic outlet procedures
  • Surgical management of myasthenia gravis
  • Hiatal hernia

Our surgeons are experts in a variety of thoracic surgery methods

Lung surgery
A lobectomy involves removing a section of the lung, a common treatment for lung cancer; a pneumonectomy removes the entire lung. A minimally invasive approach is usually recommended for early-stage lung cancer.

Esophagus and throat surgery
To treat severe conditions affecting the esophagus, your surgeon may remove all or part of your esophagus through a procedure called esophagectomy. He/she can then rebuild your esophagus using part of your stomach or large intestine. Some esophageal conditions treated include:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Achalasia is a severe condition that can make it hard to swallow because of nerve damage to the esophagus. This condition can be treated with a procedure called a Heller myotomy which helps keep the valve between your esophagus and stomach open to allow food to get into your stomach
  • Barrett’s esophagus is a serious complication of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux
  • Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a neuromuscular disease in which the immune system attacks the connections between muscles and nerves, which can make it difficult to speak and swallow. Surgical treatment of this condition is called a thymectomy.

Hernia surgery
A hiatal hernia occurs when the top part of your stomach bulges through an opening in your diaphragm, the muscle between your esophagus and your stomach. When you have a hiatal hernia, stomach acid can flow back into your esophagus and can cause severe heartburn, also known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease. A hiatal hernia can be surgically repaired with a minimally invasive procedure.

Other procedures
Our thoracic surgeons also perform sympathectomy to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), intra-thoracic biopsies and pleural surgery (surgery in the space between your lungs and the walls of your chest).