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Specialized treatments to help you breathe easy
At Long Island Jewish Medical Center, our thoracic surgery team offers cutting-edge care for conditions of the lungs, chest and esophagus by using the latest innovations and techniques in the field—including robotic surgery and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).

Overview

Our surgeons work with a team of experienced physicians throughout the health system to get a spectrum of opinions for care. Each week, they meet with specialists in pulmonary, gastrointestinal medicine, radiation medicine, medical and surgical oncology, and otolaryngology, to ensure treatment plans address every patient's unique case—not just the disease. Each case is reviewed by the team and all physicians weigh in to provide their expert opinion on the best course of treatment. In deciding on a treatment plan, we also include the patient and their families to select a plan that provides the best outcomes for their needs and life goals.

Our thoracic surgeons perform the highest volume of minimally invasive procedures on Long Island and are among the most highly regarded in the New York metropolitan area for their expertise.

Why choose us?

Specialized care—The Department of Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center has a history of providing services that not only treat the disease, but also address the unique needs of the patient. Through our research, we are able to prevent lung cancer and cure those in the early stages of the disease so that chemotherapy is not required. Additionally, we work closely with the cardiothoracic department of Cohen Children’s Medical Center to help with their most complex, uncommon thoracic cases.

Community outreach—Through regular health fairs, our physicians can speak directly to the community about risk factors for many diseases that may affect the lungs. Long Island Jewish Medical Center is also in the midst of creating a lung center that provides free or low-cost lung cancer screenings for current or former smokers who are at an increased risk of lung cancer.

Cutting-edge techniques—Our minimally invasive surgical program continues to be a pillar of strength in our department. Our use of uniportal minimally invasive thoracic procedures has garnered us regional and national recognition as trailblazers in technology and approach. In addition to high volume robotic surgery and VATS, our surgeons utilize emerging technology in navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and other novel techniques.

Clinical expertise

At the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, we provide surgical and nonsurgical treatment for a variety of conditions of the lungs, chest and esophagus. Treatment decisions are made based on a variety of factors, including the type of condition, age, overall health and personal needs. Your thoracic surgeon will recommend the appropriate treatment for you.

Our surgeons provide treatments for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Achalasia
  • Diseases of the esophagus and foregut (addition)
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis/sweaty palm syndrome
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung nodules
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tuberculosis

Research and clinical trials

In addition to providing exceptional surgical care, we are also dedicated to advancing the field through research; for example, our research staff pioneered the study of tracheal reconstruction with artificially engineered tissue to develop a new windpipe for a patient. Our team is also working on identifying new ways of finding lung cancer earlier through the use of blood tests, which may also be used to monitor patients after receiving treatment.

The Department of Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center is actively engaged in a number of clinical trials and research programs. We are working closely with the investigators at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the health system, to advance the way we treat patients.

Learn more about clinical trials at the Feinstein Institute.

Leadership

Alan Roy Hartman, MD

Chairman of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chairman of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, North Shore University Hospital, Chairman of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Southside Hospital

Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Paul Chinfai Lee, MD

System Director - Thoracic Surgery,

Specialties: Thoracic Surgery, Surgery