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Thoracic Surgery Department

Thoracic Surgery at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions related to the chest. This includes patients with respiratory trauma, patients with cancer and patients with pulmonary disease. Led by board-certified surgeon, Dr. Loren J. Harris, the Thoracic Team is able to offer a full spectrum of services and the highest level of care to every thoracic surgery patient.

Areas of Expertise

The Thoracic Team is highly experienced in addressing a wide range of conditions affecting the lungs, esophagus, ribs, chest wall and surrounding area. Some common conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Benign tumors
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Mesothelioma

After assessing a patient, the team creates an individualized treatment plan or course of action. They may conduct exploratory procedures to evaluate a patient’s condition. Surgical treatment methods range from curative and symptom management to total reconstruction of the thoracic region or specific organs. Some types of operations include lung volume reduction, lobectomy, and esophagectomy.

Advanced Methods and Technology

Richmond University Medical Center is equipped with the latest forms of technology in order to maximize the efficacy of each procedure. The team performs both traditional operations as well as minimally-invasive procedures, such as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Having access to minimally-invasive options helps reduce the risk of complication, infection, and blood loss during surgery. It also leads to faster recovery times.

Hospital-Wide Thoracic Support

When needed, the Thoracic Team lends a hand to other departments at RUMC. When a trauma patient needs respiratory support, an experienced thoracic surgeon will be on standby. The team is also available to provide expert insight and support during other types of surgery, including cardiac procedures, to ensure patients have the best care network possible.

Contact Thoracic Surgery

To learn more about Thoracic Surgery at the Richmond University Medical Center call (718)-818-2420.

Loren J. Harris, MD FACS FCCP
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Chief, General Thoracic Surgery

Richmond University Medical Center
355 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10310