Thoracic Surgery News & Events

Browse our news and publications, or find information on upcoming events in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Currently Browsing:2019

  • Patient Story: Karen English

    Monday, April 22, 2019  Mass General

    In 2017, Karen English began experiencing pain related to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). After nearly a year of medical consultations with her longtime primary care physician and physical therapist, she was referred to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Thoracic Surgery to meet with Dean Donahue, MD, the director of the TOS Program.

  • Mass General Surgeons Named to Boston Magazine's 2019 Top Doctors List

    Friday, January 25, 2019  Mass General

    45 doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Surgery included in Boston magazine's 2019 Top Doctors list.

Currently Browsing:2018

  • Patient Story: Colleen's Breathing is Back to Normal

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018  Mass General

    In May 2017, Colleen traveled from her home in Connecticut to Boston, Massachusetts, to receive treatment for idiopathic subglottic tracheal stenosis. Learn more about Colleen's journey.

  • Patient Story: Courtney Can Now Get Back to the Life She Loves

    Friday, July 6, 2018  Mass General

    Courtney was diagnosed with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), a rare disease where chronic blood clots turn into scar tissue and causes high blood pressure in the lungs. A multidisciplinary care team at Mass General including Dr. Cameron Wright from the Division of Thoracic Surgery, saved her life.

  • Patient Story: Julia's Improved Quality of Life

    Friday, June 1, 2018  Mass General

    In 2015, Julia came to Massachusetts General Hospital to see Dr. Dean Donahue and receive treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).

  • Patient Story: Perin is Back in the Game

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018  Mass General

    Perin was diagnosed with idiophathic subglottic stenosis (ISS) and the team in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Mass General, helped bring her old life back.

  • Patient Story: Maria's Special Birthday Present - Getting Her Life Back

    Friday, February 9, 2018  Mass General

    Maria, a recent patient in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, talks about her tracheal surgery with Dr. Mathisen.

  • Patient Story: Brenda Has Her Life Back

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018  Mass General

    Brenda, a Massachusetts General Hospital patient, shares her story with idiopathic subglottic stenosis.

Currently Browsing:2016

  • MRI results impact thoracic surgery

    Thursday, August 18, 2016  Research

    A recent study in Radiology found that the results of nonvascular thoracic MRI substantially affect the clinical decision making of thoracic surgeons.

Currently Browsing:2015

  • Life-changing care for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Saturday, August 15, 2015  Mass General

    Rachael Vaters-Carr shares her experience as a patient in the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, including the comprehensive and compassionate care she received from her team of specialists.

  • #1 in the Nation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

Currently Browsing:2014

  • Getting Back to Active: Bob's Story

    Monday, December 1, 2014  Mass General

    Bob Hazelton lived with chronic acid reflux for years and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011. After his surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital performed a minimally invasive esophagectomy, Bob has a healthy esophagus and is getting back to his active lifestyle.

  • #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014  Mass General

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

  • Wright appointed to Mathisen Family Professorship in Surgery

    Friday, June 20, 2014  Mass General

    Cameron Wright, MD, associate chief of the MGH Division of Thoracic Surgery, was honored as the first incumbent of the Mathisen Family Professorship in Surgery in the Field of Thoracic Surgery.

Currently Browsing:2009

  • Minimally invasive surgery lessens pain of esophageal cancer

    Monday, August 24, 2009  Mass General

    Christopher Morse, MD, of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital has been able to remove esophageal tumors using an innovative minimally invasive procedure that offers patients less postoperative pain and a shorter recovery time

Press Releases

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Currently Browsing:2019

  • General Thoracic Surgery

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Our annual post-graduate course in general thoracic surgery continues to fulfill its mission for the 49th year.


  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)

    Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)

    Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is a procedure performed by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons using small incisions to remove a diseased esophagus and reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract. For more information, visit

  • Brian A. McGovern Award for Clinical Excellence 2016 Nominee: Dean Donahue, MD

    Brian A. McGovern Award for Clinical Excellence 2016 Nominee: Dean Donahue, MD

    Dean Donahue, MD, head of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a 2016 nominee for the Brian A. McGovern Award for Clinical Excellence. The Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) created this award to honor the memory of Brian McGovern, MD, and recognize a physician within the MGPO who shares his dedication, compassion and kindness to all patients and staff.

  • Airway/Tracheal surgical images

    Airway/Tracheal Surgical Images

    Common patient airway and tracheal surgical images.

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