Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital

Overview

Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital offers comprehensive care for conditions of the lungs, chest and esophagus. Our surgeons utilize the latest innovations and techniques in thoracic surgery, including robotic surgery and VATS, to treat complex conditions.

Our thoracic surgeons work closely with healthcare professionals throughout the health system to provide holistic care. Our surgeons meet weekly with specialists in pulmonary, gastrointestinal medicine, radiation medicine, medical and surgical oncology, and otolaryngology, to ensure the whole patients is being treated, not just the disease. Each case is reviewed by the team and all the physicians weigh in to provide their expert opinion on the best course of treatment.

In deciding a treatment plan, we also include patients and their families to select a plan that provides the best outcomes for their needs and life goals.

In conjunction with the thoracic surgery specialists at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, we perform the highest volume of minimally invasive procedures on Long Island. Our surgeons are among the most highly regarded in the New York metropolitan area for their expertise in thoracic surgery.

Why choose us?

Patient-centered care  We don’t just treat the disease, we treat the entire patient. Through research, professional education and community outreach, we are able to help advance the field of thoracic surgery to improve outcomes for our patients.

Community outreach  We invest in a variety of patient education and screening programs. Through regular health fairs, our physicians speak directly to the community about lung diseases and patient risk factors. Long Island Jewish Medical Center is also in the process of creating a lung center that provides free or low-cost lung cancer screening for current or former smokers who are at an increased risk of lung cancer.

Cutting-edge techniques  Our minimally invasive surgical program continues to be the premier service of our department. Our use of uniportal minimally invasive thoracic procedures garnered us regional and national recognition as trailblazers in technology and approach. In addition to high volume robotic surgery and VATS, our surgeons utilize emerging technology in navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and other novel techniques.

Clinical expertise

The thoracic surgeons at North Shore University Hospital provide state-of-the-art surgical techniques and cancer therapies. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and other diseases of the chest, to ensure our patients receive quality care. Our surgeons provide treatment for the following conditions:

  • Lung cancer
  • Benign diseases and tumors of the lung
  • Benign esophageal diseases
  • Chest reconstruction after major trauma or surgery
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Esophageal reconstruction
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema
  • Mediastinal tumors and diseases
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural diseases (including pneumothorax, infections and pleural effusions)

Education & training

 Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital, we help develop the talents of the next generation of thoracic surgeons through our residency and fellowship programs. 

Learn more about our accredited programs:

Fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

The cardio-thoracic faculty and staff at Northwell Health believe the best way to train cardiothoracic surgeons is through an integrated, hands-on approach with increasing levels of responsibility. To that end, Northwell offers a two-year comprehensive, ACGME-accredited thoracic surgery residency program.

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Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

The Integrated Thoracic Surgery Training program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital Manhasset and Southside and is a six year comprehensive experience in general surgery, medical subspecialties, clinical cardiothoracic surgery, including pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, general thoracic surgery and adult cardiac surgery.

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Research & clinical trials

Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital is actively engaged in a number of clinical trials and research programs to advance the way we treat patients. We are breaking ground in the field working closely with the investigators at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the health system.

Learn more about clinical trials at the Feinstein Institute.

Leadership

Stanley Katz, MD

  • Chair and Professor of Cardiology,
    Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Lawrence Richard Glassman, MD

  • Chief of Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Our physicians

Kevin Michael Hyman, MD

  • Chief of Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery, Glen Cove Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Sean Jinsung Kwon, MD

Luigi Pirelli, MD

Vadim David Zeltsman, MD

  • Chief of Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Thoracic surgery

Experts in minimally invasive procedures, Northwell Health has one of the leading robotic thoracic surgical programs in the United States.