Established in 1988 by an action of the Board of Trustees, the Division of Thoracic Surgery of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) was the first academic training program in the United States solely dedicated to the care of patients with non-cardiac thoracic diseases. With the establishment of this Division, the Hospital made a substantial commitment to growth in all areas of clinical thoracic surgery. This commitment is evidenced in the breadth of diagnostic and treatment services available for patients with benign and malignant neoplasms and other disorders of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum and chest wall.
The Hospital's commitment to thoracic disease is also reflected in the evolution of specialized clinics or programs. Patients with chronic pulmonary disease are evaluated for lung volume reduction surgery in the Emphysema Clinic. Patients with end-stage lung disease are evaluated for single- or double-lung transplantation in the Lung Transplant Clinic. Lung cancer patients are seen in the Thoracic Surgery Clinic, and support for women with lung cancer, a less recognized group, is provided through the Women's Lung Cancer Program. A recognized leader in the surgical treatment of mesothelioma, Dr. David Sugarbaker, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, founded the International Mesothelioma Program where patients with mesothelioma are evaluated and treated by a multidisciplinary team. The Division also participates in the Thoracic Oncology Program, a joint venture between Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) for treatment of malignant diseases.
All patients have access to a team of experts from many different fields including specialists from surgery, medical oncology, pulmonary medicine, radiation oncology, and radiology. The Division offers innovative or minimally invasive surgical treatments (videothoracoscopy, brachytherapy and laser bronchoscopy) as well as traditional surgical procedures. All surgeons are staff members at BWH and the DFCI.
Learn more about the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Here you can find useful information such as staff biographies and where we are located with driving & public transporation directions. Also you can use our online form to request information.
Learn about the various programs and therapies offered, such as the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program, Lung Transplant Program and Photodynamic Therapy.
Articles written by our staff as well as links to additional publications located outside of our website.
The Division of Thoracic Surgery offers lectures and CME Courses. You can also learn about our Residency and Fellowship opportunities, and our work with Research and Clinical Trials.
More information about our location as well as directions and information about local accommodations. Learn more about what to expect at your first appointment and information about scheduling.
The Division of Thoracic Surgery of the Brigham and Women's Hospital offers comprehensive medical and nursing care to all patients admitted to the Thoracic Surgery Service.