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About Thoracic Surgery

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Section of Thoracic Surgery offers a range of surgical treatment options from traditional, open surgery to video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic video-assisted thoracic surgery (RVATS). However, we specialize in the use of VATS and RVATS in the treatment of thoracic conditions:

  • To decrease pain and shorten time to recovery for patients
  • To improve patient outcomes and long-term benefit
  • To advance surgical practice in the treatment of late stage disease and complex thoracic procedures

Our commitment to you

  • Expert diagnosis and treatment that delivers the best surgery for you.
  • Technically robust treatment options that are at the forefront of thoracic surgical care.
  • Collaboration with your other physicians and specialists in the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program (CTOP) to ensure that you receive the most effective and coordinated care.
  • Ongoing evaluation and improvement of our surgical procedures and processes.
  • Research, evaluation and training, with a focus on patient outcome and benefit, in order to advance the science and delivery of thoracic surgical care.

About our team

Photo of thoracic surgeons 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.

Multidisciplinary approach

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.
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