Thoracic surgeons at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) diagnose and treat cancerous and benign disorders of the lungs, trachea, esophagus, chest wall, diaphragm and mediastinum. They work side-by-side with medical and radiation oncology specialists at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center to provide comprehensive, coordinated care. For patients with end-stage lung disease, lung transplantation is available through our collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital.

Former Smoker on the Importance of Lung Cancer Screenings

“If I can give one piece of advice to current or former smokers it would be to have a lung screening,” says Maryanne Sheckman of Swampscott. “ The earlier you can catch and treat your disease, the better the outcome.” Watch video

Thoracic Surgery Program

Thoracic Conditions Treated

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign esophageal diseases
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Respiratory failure
  • Thoracic cysts
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Congenital anomalies of the chest
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Pleural diseases
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Hyperhidrosis

Traditional and Minimally Invasive Surgical Services

  • “Sleeve resection”
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Mediastinascopy
  • Minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) surgery
  • Major therapeutic and reconstructive operations