At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, highly trained, board-certified surgeons and advanced practitioners work at the forefront of thoracic surgical treatment and care. The section also offers consultation, education and support to physicians and referring providers across Dartmouth-Hitchcock and throughout the region.
As a center of excellence in thoracic surgery for northern New England, we actively collaborate with programs and specialists across Dartmouth-Hitchcock to integrate innovative surgical diagnostic and treatment options into the multidisciplinary care of thoracic diseases and conditions.
- As a part of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program (CTOP) of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, we work in conjunction with radiation oncology, medical oncology, interventional pulmonology and palliative medicine in the treatment of lung, esophageal, tracheal and other cancers in the chest cavity.
- We collaborate with interventional pulmonology in the use of bronchoscopy and other minimally invasive options to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and with Palliative Care in alleviating symptoms.
- In collaboration with the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, we provide minimally invasive and robotic options for the surgical treatment of GI conditions such as GERD and Barrett’s Disease.
Outreach and Telehealth
The Section of Thoracic Surgery also provides consultation, education and support to other D-H physicians and referring providers throughout the region.
- Our “Update Series” of videoconferences describes the latest research and surgical options in the management and treatment of thoracic conditions. Topics include lung cancer screening, the treatment of early stage cancers, and surgical options for palliation of advanced cancers.
- In a pilot for the new D-H eConsults program, we provide specialized advice and consultation by videoconference and email to D-H primary care clinicians.
- Working with the D-H Center for Telehealth, we are developing a telehealth thoracic surgical consult clinic at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Manchester, with plans to expand to additional locations in St. Johnsbury and Keene.
- Together with the Section of Cardiac Surgery we are creating a D-H network to ensure best use of region-wide cardiothoracic surgical resources such as surgical staff, clinical space and operating rooms.