General Thoracic Surgery (GTS) deals with all aspects of chest surgery not involving the heart and aorta. This encompasses surgical conditions of the chest wall, lungs, pleura, diaphragm and contents of the mediastinum, which includes the trachea, esophagus, thymus gland and pericardium. GTS includes consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic roles of benign and malignant conditions of the chest, as well as thoracic organ transplantation.
UF thoracic surgeons in the UF Division of Thoracic Surgery treat malignancies of the chest, with a primary focus on the lungs. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and our surgeons may be involved in many aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of this prevalent problem.