Division of Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Care during COVID-19
We have taken unprecedented steps to ensure your in-person visits are welcoming and safe. In this video, Yolonda Colson, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, discusses the safety measures that have been implemented at Mass General.
For more than 70 years, we have been a major referral center for complex thoracic conditions and previously unsuccessful surgical treatments.
Mass General has hosted numerous milestones in thoracic surgery, from pioneering esophageal resection for cancer in the 1930s to inventing novel techniques of tracheal reconstruction in the 1960s.
Learn more about preparing for surgery and aftercare instructions in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Mass General.
We provide comprehensive diagnoses, and innovative treatment and care for thoracic disorders.
We offer competitive opportunities for residents, fellows and medical professionals seeking continuing education.
Patient Outcomes for Esophagectomy and Lung Cancer
At Massachusetts General Hospital, we believe it's important to provide safe and effective care. The Division of Thoracic Surgery tracks many performance measures and compares them to national data.
Esophagectomy for Cancer Outcomes
Our rates of complication from esophagectomy for cancer are significantly lower than national average. Mass General also performs 60% of these operations with a minimally invasive technique.
Patient Ratings of Thoracic Surgeons
Patients give high ratings to Mass General thoracic surgeons. Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys ask patients to report on and evaluate their experiences with health care. In recent ratings, our surgeons have rated very high relative to the national average.
Pulmonary Resection Outcomes
Mass General's outcomes are as expected, given the high number of very ill and extremely complex patients we serve, as compared to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) norms. We have higher-acuity patients who arrive with severe illnesses and complex problems. Lower percentages are better.
Lobectomy for Lung Cancer Outcomes
Mass General's rates of complication from lobectomy for lung cancer are relatively low. We also performed 77% of our stage 1 lung cancer operations with a minimally invasive technique (VATS lobectomy).