The Best Virginia Thoracic & Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Specialists in tumors and strictures of the trachea and major bronchi, minimally invasive surgery, tracheal surgery, lung transplantation and the diagnosis and treatment of ground glass opacities

  • Adult thoracic surgery
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
  • Lung transplantation
  • Minimally-invasive mitral valve surgery,
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Surgery for emphysema
  • Black lung surgery
  • Heart disease
  • Coronary disease
  • Muscle & bone of the chest wall
  • Surgical ablation ( Maze procedure) for treating atrial fibrillation (Afib)

Lung Transplant Surgery

Contains Images from Surgery** Dr. Chadrick Denlinger, MUSC transplant surgeon, describes what must take place when a patient receives a lung transplant. Related Story:

To avoid an otherwise required pneumonectomy, the top thoracic surgeons in Virginia perform a lobectomy with a sleeve resection of the bronchus surgery where the ends of the bronchus are rejoined and any remaining lobes are reattached. Then the lung and main bronchus (airway) tumors are removed along with the surrounding lymph glands while the lung tissue itself is preserved.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons: What We Do and How We Care for You

Cardiothoracic Surgeons play an important role on the healthcare team. Watch Todd K. Rosengart, MD, Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD, Leah M. Backus, MD, Jeffrey B. Rich, MD, Robbin G. Cohen, MD, MMM, and Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD describe what cardiothoracic surgeons do, the team approach to surgical care, and how they make a difference for their patients.


Surgical ablation for Afib treatment makes very specific and defined lesions in the heart. Scar tissue forms, blocking the abnormal electrical signals while also creating a controlled path for electricity in the heart to follow. The heartbeat should eventually normalize.
The Maze procedure may be performed by the top Virginia thoracic surgeons as either a primary open atrial operation; a primary closed atrial operation and/or aortic valve replacement (AVR) operations; and standalone operations when the only goal is to perform surgical ablation to treat Afib.

Mitral Valve Surgery

Mitral Valve Surgery

Dr. Marc Gillinov, MD, and Dr. Stephanie Mick, MD, of Cleveland Clinic discuss mitral valve surgery.

Learn more:

American Thoracic Society

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Society of Thoracic Surgeons