Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery

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University of Minnesota Physicians thoracic surgeons are committed to providing patients expert diagnosis and surgical treatments - including minimally invasive surgery and robotic assisted surgery - which results in the best possible outcomes and return to normal, healthy lives. Our team provides surgical treatment for diseases and conditions of the lungs, diaphragm, esophagus, stomach and chest wall - organs inside or below the rib cage. We specialize in treating heartburn, acid reflux and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).


The Thoracic Surgery team at University of Minnesota Medical Center provides surgical treatment for diseases affecting organs inside the chest, excluding the heart. We have remarkable success using minimally invasive surgery and robot-assisted techniques to treat cancer of the lungs and esophagus. The majority of our thoracic surgical procedures are performed thoracoscopically and laparascopically, offering key recovery benefits for the patient including:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

We offer the following surgical treatment options:

  • Airway interventions and stenting
  • Basal segmentectomy
  • Chemotherapy ports
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Esophagectomy
  • Gastric tubes (percutaneous) for nutrition
  • Interventional bronchoscopy
  • Interventional esophagoscopy
  • Lobectomy
  • Lung transplantation
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Pulmonary and esophageal surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Thoracoscopic lobectomy
  • Tracheostomy


Clinics & Providers


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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