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Our Surgeons


The surgeons in the Division of Thoracic & Foregut Surgery, all members of the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, are nationally and internationally renowned specialists in diseases of the esophagus, stomach, lung, and chest cavity. They are board-certified surgeons and leaders in the diagnosis and management of:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Esophageal motility disorders
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural disease
  • Tracheal/bronchial disorders
  • Mediastinal disorders
  • Diaphragm disorders

World-Class Surgeons
Pushing the Frontiers of Patient Care

Always researching new and better ways to care for patients, they have pioneered innovative procedures, including:

  • Curative en bloc esophagectomy for esophageal cancer
  • Vagal sparing removal of the esophagus
  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication
  • Esophageal myotomy and endoluminal therapies for GERD

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

Meet Our Surgeons

Jones Carolyn E. Jones, M.D. 
Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
Kaufman David C. Kaufman, M.D. 
Professor of Surgery; Director of the Surgical ICU
Dr. Lada Michal J. Lada, M.D. 
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Peyre Christian G. Peyre, M.D. 
Associate Professor of Surgery
Wizorek Joseph J. Wizorek, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery