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Thoracic surgery (chest and heart surgery)


Thoracic surgeons are doctors with special training to operate in the chest cavity. This includes the lungs, heart and esophagus.

They use surgery to treat conditions like these:




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Source: American Board of Medical Specialties; American Board of Thoracic Surgery

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 05/12/2014

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of care, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, site lead, Allina Health Burnsville Clinic