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Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgeons specialize in surgery for the diseases of the chest, including:

  • lungs
  • chest wall
  • diaphragm

Baystate often utilizes Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). VATS is a type of thoracic surgery performed using a small video camera that is introduced into the patient's chest via a scope. The surgeon is able to view the instruments that are being used along with the anatomy that is being operated on.


Treatment for a Number of Conditions
Surgeons at Baystate Medical Center use minimally invasive thoracic surgery to treat a variety of medical conditions. These include:

  • Resections for lung cancer and benign lung tumors
  • Lung biopsies
  • Treatment for empyema
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Malignant pleural effusions
  • Pneumothorax
  • Benign esophageal and mediastinal tumors.


“Minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgery represents an important enhancement to our patient care,” says Wilson C. Mertens, MD, of the Baystate Regional Cancer Program. “Our ability to offer patients state-of-the-art cancer treatment and symptom palliation rounds out the multidisciplinary approach to thoracic malignancies we have developed at Baystate.”


Baystate Thoracic Surgery

    • Gary M. Hochheiser, MD, FCCP, Chief of Thoracic Surgery
    • Rose B. Ganim, MD, FACS, FCCP
    • Jeanne M. Lukanich, MD, FACS, FRCSC
    • Maria Aquadro, MSN, FNP-BC
    • Amy Zajac, NP
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Baystate Thoracic Surgery
2 Medical Center Drive, Suite 205
Springfield MA, 01107
Phone: 413-794-8050
Fax: 413-794-8054
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