Our thoracic surgeons and their focused expertise are what makes Inova Heart and Vascular Institute stand out among medical centers both nationally and worldwide. In fact, there are fewer than 25 thoracic surgery programs in the United States that offer the breadth and depth of thoracic surgical services found at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute.

Most thoracic surgeries performed at Inova utilize the latest minimally invasive techniques. These techniques require that our surgeons be at the forefront of the newest technologies such as robotic surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).

Our experience in thoracic surgery is extensive, with our surgeons performing hundreds of surgeries each year including:

  • Lobectomies
  • Pneumonectomies
  • Esophagogastrectomies
  • Esophageal cases
  • Mediastinal masses

Our thoracic surgeons

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is fortunate to have specialized, dedicated thoracic surgeons who are board certified in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

In addition, some surgeons have completed specialized training specifically in minimally invasive techniques. Fewer than 100 surgeons in the country have undergone this advanced training, placing Inova Thoracic Surgery Program in an elite group nationally.

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Our nurse practitioners

Our team of dedicated thoracic nurse practitioners helps coordinate patient care from the time of surgery until the patient goes home. These experienced nurse practitioners are also surgical assistants who help our surgeons in the operating room and then seamlessly transition the patient's care to the floor nurse. Prior to entering specialized training to become nurse practitioners, they gained years of experience as clinical nurses in intensive care or the operating room.

We understand that our patients and their families go through a difficult time when they or a loved one undergoes surgery. Our nurse team with its vast experience offers an unsurpassed level of comfort and care to patients and families.

Do you have questions about thoracic surgery at Inova?

For more information about thoracic surgery or the team at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, contact christy.schatz@inova.org.