Thoracic Surgery Conditions

The Thoracic Surgery specialists at UW Health offer comprehensive specialty care for patients with all types of diseases of the chest and upper abdomen. We provide a complete range of services from initial evaluation and management to highly specialized consultation for rare diseases, new surgical approaches, devices, and technologies.




Our thoracic surgeons offer consultation and surgical management of a wide range of disorders and diseases involving the airway, lung, chest wall, pleura (inside lining of the chest wall), mediastinum (thymus, lymph nodes), diaphragm and foregut (esophagus and stomach).




  • Tracheal strictures
  • Tracheal masses/tumors
  • Tracheobronchomalacia

Chest Wall

  • Chest wall deformities
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Pectus carinatum
  • Sternoclavicular joint pain/arthritis and infection
  • Chest wall tumors 

Pleura (inside lining of the chest wall)

  • Mesothelioma
  • Empyema
  • Pleural effusion


  • Traumatic diaphragm hernias
  • Morgagni hernias
  • Bochdalek hernias
  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Diaphragm eventration
  • Phrenic nerve paralysis