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