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Thoracic Surgery

The Division of Thoracic Surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland is dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of  diseases of the chest. We continue to expand treatment options for patients, utilizing minimally-invasive procedures, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), and robotic-assisted technology

Our surgeons provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques and cancer therapies, with a major focus in research of early diagnosis, better cancer staging, and prediction of recurrent disease in lung and esophageal cancer.  We take a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and other diseases of the chest, so we can streamline the patient experience with all thoracic specialists at Johns Hopkins.

Our thoracic surgeons treat the following diseases:

  • Lung cancer
  • Benign diseases and tumors of the lung
  • Chest reconstruction after major trauma or surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign esophageal diseases (including achalasia, benign tumors and strictures)
  • Esophageal reconstruction
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Mediastinal tumors and diseases (including the surgical treatment of myasthenia gravis)
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural diseases (including pneumothorax, infections and pleural effusions)
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Plication for diaphragm paralysis
  • Tracheal resection or stent insertion for airway narrowing
  • Lung transplantation for end-stage diseases of the lung 

Our Thoracic Surgeons

Photo of Dr. Richard James Battafarano, M.D., Ph.D.

Battafarano, Richard James, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor (PAR) of Surgery
Regional Director of General Thoracic Surgery
Director, Division of General Thoracic Surgery
Photo of Dr. Malcolm V Brock, M.D.

Brock, Malcolm V, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Professor of Oncology
Director of Clinical and Translational Research in Thoracic Surgery
Photo of Dr. Stephen R Broderick, M.D.

Broderick, Stephen R, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Photo of Dr. Errol Lovester Bush, M.D.

Bush, Errol Lovester, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Surgical Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program
Director, Ex vivo Lung Perfusion Program (EVLP)
Photo of Dr. Jinny Suk Ha, M.D., M.H.S.

Ha, Jinny Suk, M.D., M.H.S.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Photo of Dr. Stephen Clyde Yang, M.D.

Yang, Stephen Clyde, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Professor of Oncology
Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Development
The Arthur B. and Patricia B. Modell Professor in Thoracic Surgery

Surgical Outcomes

Surgical volumes are the number of times a hospital has done a specific surgical procedure in a defined time period. Hospitals that do more of a specific surgical procedure tend to have better outcomes for their patients than hospitals that do less of them. To view the average number of times that thoracic surgeries are performed each year at The Johns Hopkins Health System Hospitals, please click here.​

Contact Us

Our thoracic surgeons see patients at both The Johns Hopkins Hospital in downtown Baltimore, Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

For new patient appointments, please call 443-997-1508.

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