Thoracic Surgery

Michael Garron Hospital is a level one Thoracic Surgery Centre that provides comprehensive Thoracic Surgery care encompassing nearly all areas of chest surgical disease, benign and malignant.

The Thoracic Surgery service at MGH is a level one Thoracic Surgery Centre of Excellence. Our team of surgeons and allied health workers provides surgical care to a large geographic area through our partnership with the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, North York General Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital where all patients who require thoracic procedures are sent to MGH for their surgery but are offered consultation services ad postoperative follow-up at their home hospitals in their communities. The division has won two Innovative Awards from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) for their work on rapid access to care and treatment.

Our team of experienced and caring thoracic surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists and anesthesiologists provides elective and urgent care to patients in our community and far beyond. They work as a team to ensure continuity of care, best quality of care and patient and family satisfaction.

Areas of Expertise

Our high-volume thoracic surgery unit offers comprehensive treatment and patient care covering nearly all aspects of the specialty. This includes malignant diseases of the chest (example: lung cancer, esophageal cancer and gastric cancer) and benign disease of the chest such as anti-acid reflux surgery, hiatus hernia surgery, and hyperhidrosis procedures to mention a few). This is in addition of surgical palliative care for patients with thoracic malignancies (treatment of malignant pleural effusions). Procedures performed at MGH include endoscopic procedures, minimally invasive and open surgeries tailored individually for the surgical needs of our patients.


  • Bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Gastroscopy, stent insertion
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy (VATS)
  • Thoracotomy
  • Sternotomy (mediastinal tumours)
  • Esophagectomy
  • Biopsies
  • Wedge excisions

 Clinics and Diagnostic Services

The thoracic surgery service features three Diagnostic Assessment Clinics (DAU’s) that provide well supported timely care for our cancer patients with nurse navigators dedicated to facilitating the patient care journey. DAU’s are set up at MGH, Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Royal Victoria Hospital and Cancer Centre in Barrie respectively bringing cancer care closer to home for our patients and their families. The Chest Centre at MGH runs clinics almost all days of the week to ensure prompt initial consultations.

Referral to our DAU’s and clinics at the Chest Centre is simple. Referrals can be made to the Thoracic Team or to individual surgeons if so desired.


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