Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

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A visitor stands smiling at a patient's bedside after successful minimally invasive thoracic surgery

Thoracic surgeons specialize in treating diseases of the chest, primarily cancers of the lungs and the esophagus. They also noncancerous conditions such as benign chest wall tumors, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and paraesophageal hernia. 

At Yale Medicine, specialists like Daniel J. Boffa, MD, clinical program leader of the Yale Medicine Thoracic Oncology Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital, are on the leading edge of minimally invasive techniques that offer the best possible outcome for their patients. “The best minimally invasive surgeon is the one that is skilled at both approaches, and can tailor surgical treatment to the individual patient," Boffa says.