High-Risk Lung Surgery

DEPARTMENT
Thoracic Surgery

DIRECTOR
Philip Linden, MD

KEY CONTACTS
Jason Robke, MD; Christopher Towe, MD; Luis Argote-Greene, MD; Yaron Perry, MD; Mitchell Machtay, MD; Tithi Biswas, MD

NURSE COORDINATOR
Dominique Wheatley, RN 216-844-0065

APPOINTMENT LINE
Please call 216-844-0065.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated

  • Lung cancer
  • Indeterminate lung nodule
  • Lung cancer in the elderly and in patients with end-stage emphysema
  • Airway strictures and cancer

Therapies

  • VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy
  • VATS sublobar resection for patients with severe emphysema
  • Endoscopic therapies, including laser, argon beam and stenting for airway strictures
  • Advanced noninvasive diagnostic modalities, including EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound) and navigation bronchoscopy

Distinguishing Features

  • Multidisciplinary care, including interventional pulmonologists, minimally invasive surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists
  • Peri-operative lobectomy mortality rate of just 0.22 percent, one-fifth the national average for tertiary care hospitals
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