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Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

The Division of Thoracic Surgery is committed to excellence in patient care, teaching, research and community service.    Services provided by St John’s Division of General Thoracic Surgery encompass all aspects of chest diseases.  Our surgeons are well recognized leaders in Thoracic Surgery nationally and internationally.    Our patients come from all over the world to have their operation with our team.   Our surgeons’ publications, includes 2 books, over 250 articles in medical journals, and over 50 book chapters. For several years, our surgeons have seen more new patients with lung cancer than any other program in California and have the largest volume in the world with VATS lobectomies for lung cancer.

The Division of Thoracic Surgery is an international leader in VATS.   Surgeons from over 40 countries have visited our team to learn our techniques for minimally invasive surgery.   Our surgeons have run over 100 advanced VATS courses for thoracic surgeons.   Our surgeons developed and have been performing minimally invasive techniques to perform many chest operations for the last 25 years.  The Stanford University cardiothoracic surgery residents and the USC PA students come to St John’s to learn about thoracic surgery.