Thoracic Surgery

skeletonThe section of thoracic surgery at The George Washington University Hospital includes a highly-skilled team that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the chest. Our team of thoracic surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery for:

  • Achalasia
  • Benign pulmonary disease
  • Chestwall disorders
  • Epiphrenic diverticulum
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease</li>
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Mesothelioma
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pleural diseases
  • Zenkers diverticulum

Minimally-invasive approach

With minimally invasive thoracic surgery, the surgeon operates through small incisions that are just one to two inches long, reducing the time the patient spends in the hospital and in recovery. In this procedure, post-operative pain is reduced because the ribs are not spread and the major muscles of the chest wall are not divided.

skeleton2What is a thoracic surgeon?

Thoracic surgeons have had advanced training in general surgery and general thoracic surgery, and are experts in providing treatments for:

  • Complications caused by gastroesophageal reflux
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal swallowing problems
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Tumors of the chest wall

Our staff works closely with patients to:

  • Coordinate comprehensive care before and after surgery
  • Schedule appointments and surgery
  • Communicate with your doctors
  • Answer any questions you may have

Specialized patient care

You will be cared for by specialized nurses and staff who are trained to anticipate and meet the needs of thoracic surgery patients.

Areas of special concentration and research are:

  • Robotic resection of mediastinal masses
  • Robotic thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis
  • Robotic heller myotomy for achalasia
  • Multimodality therapy for lung cancer
  • Multimodality therapy for esophageal cancer
  • Surgery for advanced stage lung cancers
  • Surgical education

Meet the Surgeons

Keith Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP
Director of Thoracic Surgery

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Gregory Trachiotis, MD, FACS
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Meet the

Dr. Mortman

Keith Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP
Director of Thoracic Surgery


Gregory Trachiotis, MD, FACS
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery




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