Thoracic Surgery

Vanderbilt’s Thoracic Surgery program is known for its commitment to excellence in patient care. We offer a wide variety of surgical options for diseases and disorders affecting the chest. These include conditions of the lung and esophagus. We perform more than 900 surgeries each year, giving us the experience to provide the best possible care for you.
 

Conditions We Treat

We treat all thoracic conditions, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Matthew Bacchetta

Matthew BacchettaMD, MBA, MA

    Cardiac Surgery, Lung Transplant, Lung Transplantation, Lung/Thoracic Cancer, Pulmonary Endarterectomy for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension, Surgery for Diseases of the Lung, Surgery for Diseases of the Rib Cage and Diaphragm
Erin A. Gillaspie
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Erin A. GillaspieMD, MPH

    Lung Conditions, Lung Transplant, Lung Transplantation, Lung/Thoracic Cancer, Surgery for Diseases of the Lung, Surgery for Diseases of the Rib Cage and Diaphragm, Surgery for Lung Cancer and Esophageal Cancer
Eric L. Grogan

Eric L. GroganMD, MPH

    Lung Conditions, Lung Transplant, Lung Transplantation, Lung/Thoracic Cancer, Surgery for Diseases of the Lung, Surgery for Diseases of the Rib Cage and Diaphragm, Surgery for Lung Cancer and Esophageal Cancer
Eric S. Lambright
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Eric S. LambrightMD

    Lung Conditions, Lung Transplant, Lung Transplantation, Lung/Thoracic Cancer, Surgery for Diseases of the Lung, Surgery for Diseases of the Rib Cage and Diaphragm, Surgery for Lung Cancer and Esophageal Cancer
Jonathan C. Nesbitt
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Jonathan C. NesbittMD

    Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Lobectomy, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymic Cancer and Mesothelioma, Lung Transplant, Lung Transplantation

Why Choose Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt

  • Experienced doctors

    Our surgeons are specially trained in every type of thoracic surgery. They care for people with complex conditions, including those who need extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

  • Recognized care

    Our surgeons are part of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, home to a nationally recognized lung cancer program. Vanderbilt is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tennessee caring for adults with cancer. 

  • Innovation

    We offer minimally invasive surgery, such as video-assistant (VATS) surgery and robotic surgery, which reduces pain and recovery time. 

  • Team approach

    Our surgeons partner with doctors from interventional pulmonology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and other specialties to develop a personalized care plan for you. We also worked with anesthesiologists to develop the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program. The program is designed to lessen the impact of surgery and anesthesia and help you quickly return to normal activities.

  • Telehealth

    We can offer specialty follow-up care through a simple video consult with your local doctor. This means you have access to a Vanderbilt specialist but can stay close to home.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Cardiac surgery
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    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) surgery
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    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
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    Lung surgeries, including transplantation
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    Minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery
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    Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum
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    Ravitch procedure for pectus excavatum
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    Surgery for myasthenia gravis

Locations (5)

Our thoracic surgeons consult with patients at the Columbia, Gallatin and Clarksville locations by teleconference only.

1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1710
Nashville, TN 37232
2105 Edward Curd Lane, Suite 102
Franklin, TN 37067
808 South James Campbell Blvd.
Columbia, TN 38401
300 Steam Plant Road, Suite 430
Gallatin, TN 37066
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800 Weatherly Drive, Suite 201B
Clarksville, TN 37043