Surgeons in the UCSF Thoracic Surgery Program, part of the division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery, perform nearly four-hundred (400) major operations annually, making it one of the busiest services on the West Coast. Our surgeons have extensive experience in performing minimally invasive thoracic surgery which shortens recovery time, decreases pain and allows patients to more rapidly begin post-surgical treatment, if required. .
The Thoracic Surgery Program is known for its "willingness to be aggressive" in the treatment of advanced lung cancer, offering appropriately selected patients the option of undergoing surgery as a potentially curative intervention or to simply to help them live longer. Our surgeons often take on high-risk cases, and have achieved notably favorable outcomes in patients turned down for surgery at other institutions.