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Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery may be recommended to diagnose or treat a lung or chest condition. As the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, National Jewish Health has thoracic surgeons who specialize in performing complex procedures of the lungs, chest, diaphragm, trachea and esophagus. Our highly trained thoracic surgeons work with you to ensure the best possible outcome for your surgery or procedure.


Surgical Procedures

  • Chest wall deformation repair (pectus excaratum)
  • Lung biopsies
  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Lung nodule resection and surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Paralyzed diaphragm repair (hemidiaphragm plication)
  • Post-deployment lung disease
  • Reflux Surgery (Nissen fundoplication and other non-invasive types of anti-reflux therapy)
  • Tracheoplasty for tracheobronchomalacia
  • Tracheal dilations and resections for tracheal stenosis


  • Elizabeth David

    Elizabeth David, MD, MAS

  • Elizabeth Klopper

    Elizabeth Klopper, MPH, MMSc, PA-C

  • Robert A. Meguid

    Robert A. Meguid, MPH, MD

  • John D. Mitchell

    John D. Mitchell, MD

Clinical Trials

For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.

Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years
  • Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 6% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials
  • 124-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders
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