Since the inception of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital in the 1960s, our collective goal has been to provide patient care that is compassionate, timely and state-of-the art. Our surgeons have all completed extensive training and are deeply engaged in helping patients overcome ailments of the upper aerodigestive tract while implementing the highest standards surgical quality.

We support and care for our patients along their journey through many health conditions including: for:

  • Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, and mesothelioma

  • Benign upper digestive disorders, such as, diaphragmatic hernia, paraesophageal (hiatal) hernia, achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, Zenker’s diverticulum, and epiphrenic diverticulum

  • Congenital anomalies of the tracheobronchial tree, esophagus, and chest wall (pectus excavatum)

  • Myasthenia gravis, hyperhidrosis

The Division of Thoracic Surgery is also dedicated to the pursuit of the latest surgical techniques including minimally invasive surgery to the abdomen (laparoscopy) and chest which is also referred to as VATS. We also perform procedures using Uniportal VATS which is chest surgery performed through one small incision between the ribs. We are also privileged and proud to be one of the few Canadian Centres of Excellence where the education and training of our future generation of thoracic surgeons takes place.

3D illustration of Lungs