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Thoracic Surgery

Chest X-ray

Thoracic surgery refers to surgery in the thorax or chest region of the body. The heart and lungs reside in the thoracic cavity, inside the rib cage. 

Cardiothoracic surgeons at UC San Diego Health provide advanced and innovative surgical care to patients from around the world.

Cardiac (heart) surgeons and thoracic (lung) surgeons have different areas of expertise. Lung surgeons at UC San Diego Health are highly skilled in treating a broad spectrum of conditions occurring in the chest and lungs.

Conditions and Surgical Treatments

At the Center for Transplantation, our lung surgeons perform life-saving transplants for those with end-stage lung disease. Our expertise includes:


Scientific Articles in Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgeons at UC San Diego Health have regularly published developments in research related to thoracic conditions and treatments.


Clinical trials are highly regulated health-related research studies that move advances in the treatment of disease forward into clinical practice. They offer people the chance to receive newly developed therapies and provide crucial information for improving care. Thoracic surgeons are currently conducting clinical trials in the treatment of lung diseases and conditions. Find clinical trials at UC San Diego Health currently seeking participants.

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