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About the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery

Under the direction of James D. Luketich, MD, the UPMC Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery adheres to its overall mission of offering a multidisciplinary approach to patient care in an innovative environment.

Our experienced surgeons are committed to developing new minimally invasive surgical techniques that they share with other surgeons worldwide via specialized training conferences.

Experience Treating the Most Complex Thoracic Issues

Recognized as one of the most active thoracic and foregut surgical divisions in the United States, our surgeons specialize in treating diseases affecting the:

  • Lungs
  • Chest wall
  • Diaphragm
  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Proximal small intestines
  • Mediastinum/Lymph nodes

Areas of expertise cover all aspects of pulmonary, tracheal, chest wall, mediastinal, esophageal, and upper abdominal surgery. In fact, UPMC is one of the only hospitals in the United States approved to perform lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for treating patients with emphysema.

Thoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Programs

With nearly 18 full-time faculty members and an accompanying growth in clinical volume, the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery attracts cardiothoracic residents and fellows from around the globe.

Our cardiothoracic surgery residency programs and thoracic surgery fellowships give qualified candidates extensive exposure to the full range of general thoracic surgical and endoscopic procedures, as well as the newest minimally invasive therapies, including:

  • Rigid and flexible bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy
  • Fluorescence bronchoscopy with advanced laser techniques
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
  • Lap Nissen and lap redo-Collis Nissen
  • Lap Heller myotomy
  • Zenker’s diverticulectomy
  • Robot-assisted surgical techniques
  • Laparoscopic giant paraesophageal hernias
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Endomocosal esophageal resection
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Complex airway management
  • Esophageal stents
  • Tracheobronchial stenting

These represent only some of the innovative techniques and procedures our cardiothoracic surgeons regularly perform.

The expertise of our surgeons, coupled with the comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment modalities offered, uniquely positions us to lead the way in treating all aspects of thoracic and foregut diseases.

» Find details on patient services and treatments at the UPMC Esophageal and Lung Institute.


The Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery provides esophageal and lung surgery services at:

Contact Us

To refer a patient or to learn more about our programs, call 412-647-7555.

Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
UPMC Presbyterian
Suite C-800, 200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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