Thoracic Surgery

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Our Approach

Stamford Health’s thoracic surgery department emphasizes a team approach when developing your treatment plan. We work closely with colleagues from pulmonology, gastroenterology, radiology, pathology, and both medical and radiation oncology to make sure your needs are fully met.

Thoracic surgery, sometimes called cardiothoracic surgery, focuses on all non-cardiac diseases of the chest including lung, esophagus, thymus, diaphragm, and chest wall.

We have two nurse navigators who coordinate care between disciplines and keep in close touch with our patients. Our dedicated thoracic surgery nurse practitioner, Lauren Drysdale, is instrumental in providing seamless continuity of care and support.

During your hospital stay, you’ll be under the constant care of a cohesive team of board-certified thoracic surgeons, specialized anesthesiologists, cardiothoracic physician assistants, surgical residents, and physical therapists. Most importantly, our nurses are Magnet-certified, and units are specialized to provide care for thoracic surgical patients.

Unique Benefits Of Our Program

Our team utilizes the latest technology, research, and minimally invasive surgery methods to offer world-class care, closer to home.

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All lab samples are reviewed by our MD Anderson and Yale-trained pathologists, and all necessary genetic testing is performed. We also offer second opinions frequently and are happy to coordinate the transfer of medical records.
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We perform over 95% of operations in a minimally invasive format, either robotic or video-assisted, reducing the time it takes to reach a full recovery.
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As part of the Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center collaborative, we have greater access to clinical trials and expertise from one of New England’s most prestigious cancer centers.

What High-Tech Means For You

A Message From Our Director, Dr. Michael Ebright

The division of thoracic surgery at Stamford Health provides state-of-the-art care for patients with diseases of the chest including lung, esophagus, diaphragm, thymus, and chest wall disorders. We are genuinely aware that there is often a high level of anxiety for patients and their families, which is why we strive to minimize the time from consultation to diagnosis to treatment.

We are always striving to advance our capabilities with new technology and recently partnered with Ceevra, an imaging technology that creates advanced 3D models; and Cytalux, the only FDA-approved fluorescent imaging technology, to help a surgeon visualize cancer in real time. We also recently placed the first self-expanding metallic Y stent in the state. This new technology is used for the treatment of tracheobronchial strictures due to cancer and is an exciting advancement in thoracic care.

- Michael Ebright, MD
Director, Thoracic Surgery
Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center
Attending Surgeon, New York - Presbyterian


Meet Our Doctors

Mark E Ginsburg
Thoracic Surgery

(845) 362-0075

Joshua  Sonett
Thoracic Surgery

(212) 305-3408

Thoracic Surgery FAQs

  • What conditions does thoracic surgery cover, and how do you know if you’re a candidate for these procedures?
    Thoracic surgery addresses a spectrum of conditions involving the chest, lungs, and esophagus. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as persistent chest pain, difficulty breathing, or swallowing issues, you may be a candidate. A thorough evaluation by our expert thoracic surgeons will determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific condition.
  • How do you know if you need thoracic surgery?
    Persistent symptoms like chronic cough, lung nodules, or esophageal disorders may indicate a need for thoracic surgery. To determine if surgery is necessary, consult with our experienced thoracic surgeons. Through comprehensive evaluations and diagnostic tests, we’ll work collaboratively with you to make informed decisions about your treatment plan.
  • How can you schedule a consultation with a thoracic surgeon at Stamford Health?
    Scheduling a consultation is simple. You can initiate the process by obtaining a referral from your primary care physician or by contacting our thoracic surgery department directly at 203.276.4404. Our team is dedicated to ensuring a seamless and timely appointment process, providing you with the expert care you deserve.
  • What should you expect during a thoracic surgery consultation, and how can you prepare for it?
    During a thoracic surgery consultation, expect a thorough discussion of your medical history, symptoms, and diagnostic test results. To prepare, bring a list of medications, past surgeries, and any relevant medical records. Open communication is key, allowing our thoracic surgeons to tailor a treatment plan that best meets your individual needs.
  • How long is the recovery period for thoracic surgeries, and what postoperative care can you expect?

    Recovery periods vary based on the specific thoracic surgery. Our team will provide you with clear postoperative care instructions, encompassing pain management, activity restrictions, and any prescribed medications. Support during the recovery process is readily available to ensure your comfort and successful rehabilitation.

  • Can you get a second opinion from a thoracic surgeon at Stamford Health?
    Absolutely. We understand the importance of exploring all options. Obtaining a second opinion is a straightforward process. Our thoracic surgeons collaborate with you, your primary care physician, and any additional specialists, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of your unique case.
  • Is Stamford Health equipped to handle emergency thoracic surgeries?
    Stamford Health is fully equipped and prepared to handle emergency thoracic surgeries. Our skilled thoracic surgeons and dedicated medical staff are trained to respond promptly to urgent situations, providing the highest level of care when it’s needed most.
  • Is Stamford Health involved in any thoracic surgery research or clinical trials?
    Yes, Stamford Health is at the forefront of thoracic surgery advancements. We actively participate in research initiatives and clinical trials, embracing innovative technologies to continually enhance patient care. Explore our ongoing research efforts and clinical trials on our clinical trials page.

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