At Massachusetts General Hospital, we believe it's important to provide safe and effective care. The Department of Surgery tracks many performance measures and compares them to national data including:

  • Pulmonary Resection Outcomes
  • Patient Ratings of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Lobectomy for Lung Cancer Outcomes

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. Lower percentages are better.

At Mass General, patient safety is a priority. We have higher-acuity patients who arrive with severe illnesses and complex problems. Other hospitals and doctors send us their most difficult cases.

Mass General data: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) General Thoracic Surgery Database | Data period: January 2015-December 2017 | Complications include: Pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), bronchopleural fistula, pulmonary embolus, being on a machine to assist breathing for more than 48 hours, reintubation, tracheostomy, myocardial infarction, bleeding requiring reoperation | Mortality (death) includes: Discharge and 30-day mortality

Patient Ratings of Thoracic Surgeons

Patients give high ratings to Mass General thoracic surgeons.

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPHS) 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, compared to national patient ratings of all doctors.

Mass General data: Quality Data Management (QDM), CAHPS Clinician and Groups Patient Survery I Data Period: January - December 2017.

Lobectomy for Lung Cancer 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. Lower percentages are better.

At Mass General, we have higher acuity patients who arrive with severe illnesses and complex problems. Other hospitals and doctors send us their most difficult cases. Our rates of complication from lobectomy for lung cancer are relatively low. We also performed 70% of our stage 1 lung cancer operations with a minimally invasive technique (VATS lobectomy).

Mass General data: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) General Thoracic Surgery Database | Data period: January 2015-December 2017 | Complications include: Pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), bronchopleural fistula, pulmonary embolus, being on a machine to assist breathing for more than 48 hours, reintubation, tracheostomy, myocardial infarction, bleeding requiring reoperation | Mortality (death) includes: Discharge and 30-day mortality

Lobectomy for Lung Cancer Case Volumes

Mass General's lung resection volumes greatly exceed the recommended minimum standard of 40 cases per year. Higher volumes mean more experience. Higher volumes mean more experience.

Mass General performs a large number of major thoracic surgery procedures. Hospitals that perform higher numbers of lobectomy procedures have better outcomes. Mass General performs a large number of lobectomy procedures when compared to the national average of hospitals performing the procedure.

Mass General Hospital and Vizient, formerly University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) | Data period: January 2017-December 2017

Lobectomy for Lung Cancer Outcomes—In-Hospital Mortality

Mass General's outcomes are better than the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database. Lower percentages are better.

At Mass General, patient safety is a priority. Our rate of mortality (death) from lobectomy for lung cancer is lower than the STS and NIS databases. We also performed 70% of our Stage 1 cancer operations with minimally invasive technique (VATS lobectomy).

Mass General data: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) General Thoracic Surgery Database | National Inpatient Sample: Average national benchmark which includes general surgeons | Complications include: Pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), bronchopleural fistula, pulmonary embolus, being on a machine to assist breathing for more than 48 hours, reintubation, tracheostomy, myocardial infarction, unexpected return to operating room | Mortality (death) includes: Discharge and 30-day mortality | Data period: January 2015-December 2017

Lobectomy for Lung Cancer Outcomes—Post-Operative Length of Stay

Mass General patients are able to leave the hospital at a rate similar to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) norms and sooner than the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database. Lower numbers are better.

At Mass General, patient safety is a priority. The postoperative length of stay for our patients is comparable to the STS database and shorter than the NIS database. We also performed 70% of our Stage 1 lung cancer operations with minimally invasive technique (VATS lobectomy).

Mass General data: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) General Thoracic Surgery Database | Data period: January 2015-December 2017 | Complications include: Pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), bronchopleural fistula, pulmonary embolus, being on a machine to assist breathing for more than 48 hours, reintubation, tracheostomy, myocardial infarction, unexpected return to operating room | Mortality (death) includes: Discharge and 30-day mortality