The Division of Thoracic Surgery
The Division of Thoracic Surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center offers expertise in the general thoracic surgery field and includes cutting-edge multimodality cancer treatment and minimally invasive surgical procedures. We specialize in treating these diseases:
Benign esophageal diseases (swallowing problems)
Chest wall tumors
Malignancies (cancers) metastatic to the thoracic cavity
Benign diseases of lung, mediastinum, pleura and chest wall
Pericardium - malignant and benign tumors
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) vimeo.com/11683709
For detailed descriptions of procedures and disease processes please visit The Society of Thoracic Surgery Patient Information page or click on a linked topic above.
Our Unique Approach
Unique services provided by the GBMC Thoracic Surgery Division include:
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques are used preferentially in all facets of the GBMC thoracic surgery practice. Patients undergoing Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) for diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures in the chest or laparoscopic procedures for treatment of swallowing problems, generally experience fewer complications, less pain and scarring after surgery and consequently have a quicker recovery.
Clinical Trial Participation
Nearly 85% of eligible patients participate in clinical trials examining the diagnosis, treatment, surveillance of disease.
GBMC is an active clinical trial center participating in cooperative group trials (CALGB, ACOSOG, RTOG, SWOG, ECOG) as well as industry sponsored trials.
Post-thoracic surgery pulmonary and physical therapy rehabilitation
A guided, supervised program of exercise and therapy designed specifically to facilitate rapid recovery after thoracic surgery. Learn more about this program.