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Thoracic & Foregut Surgery

World-Class Surgeons Pushing the Frontiers of Patient Care

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Our team includes experts from two surgical subspecialities; thoracic surgery and foregut surgery. Thoracic surgery includes surgery on the chest wall and organs contained within the thoracic, or chest, cavity. Surgery of the foregut addresses problems in the esophagus, stomach, and proximal small intestine. Together, these organs work to prepare food and fluids for absorption by the remainder of the bowel, and to prevent reflux of gastric acid, bile, and pancreatic secretions backward into the esophagus.

Our surgeons work hand-in-hand to address the medical conditions that affect both of these regions of the body, approaching the chest and foregut as one unit. This results in a faster and more accurate patient diagnosis, more insightful and effective surgical treatments, and, most importantly, more promising outcomes for our patients.

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Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery

UR Medicine's Approach

Our nationally and internationally renowned specialists are experts in diseases of the esophagus, stomach, lung, and chest cavity. They are board-certified surgeons and leaders in the diagnosis and management of the following conditions.

Pulmonary Disease

  • Lung and chest wall malignancies
  • Benign lung diseases
  • Pleural and pleural space disorders
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Mediastinal surgery

Foregut Disorders

  • Esophageal/Gastric cancer
  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Motility disorders

What Sets Us Apart?

The Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery is the only comprehensive lung and esophageal oncology program in our region. Our thoracic training and education program is unsurpassed. Our surgeons are always researching new and better ways to care for patients, they have pioneered innovative procedures, including:

  • Minimally invasive lung, esophageal and gastric surgery including robotic procedures for the treatment and cure of malignancies:
    • Lung resections
    • Thymectomy
    • Tracheal surgery
    • Esophageal resections (MIE)
  • Management of GERD and esophageal motility disorders including:
    • Endoscopic approaches
    • Robotic/minimally invasive myotomies and antireflux procedures

State-of-the-art diagnostic and esophageal motility laboratories are an integral part of the practice. Our division has been instrumental in the clinical development of ambulatory pH and impedance motility testing and promoting foregut diagnostics throughout the world.


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We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

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2 locations

Esophageal & Thoracic Surgery - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Rochester, NY 14642

Esophageal & Thoracic Surgery - Rochester

Wilmot Cancer Institute
90 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

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