Ochsner thoracic surgeons (chest surgeons) are dedicated to the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases relating to the lungs, esophagus, trachea, diaphragm, and chest wall.

With a team of specialists representing different disciplines, they take a collaborative approach to care. Weekly multidisciplinary group conferences of physicians and care teams ensure you get more than one opinion from a team of experts all working toward one common goal – making you well. Since patients come to us from across the region, our nurse navigator works to schedule your appointments and tests on the same day, we know that your time is valuable.

Why An Ochsner Thoracic Surgeon?

Our founder Dr. Alton Ochsner was a pioneer in thoracic surgery – one of the first to link cigarette smoking to cancer. He left behind a rich legacy of discovery, innovation and exceptional patient care.

Today, Ochsner is home to two fellowship-trained and board certified thoracic surgeons – the only true general thoracic surgeons in New Orleans. Our physicians are specialized in thoracic surgery and have a wealth of experience that translates into positive outcomes for our patients. Our team performs more than 500 procedures annually with outcomes that meet or exceed national standards.

Meet Our Team

Minimally Invasive Techniques

Whenever possible, Ochsner thoracic surgeons employ minimally invasive surgical techniques. For our patients, this translates into shorter hospital stays, and a quicker recovery time. Our high-tech surgical tool kit includes advanced laparoscopic, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgical approaches. At the current time, 80% of our lung resection surgeries are performed minimally invasively.

Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat include but are not limited to:

  • Achalasia
  • Adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) / Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma(BAC)
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
  • Adult Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • All Lymphoma
  • Benign Lung Tumor
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic cyst
  • Bullous Lung Disease
  • Cancer
  • Chest Wall Tumors
  • Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma
  • COPD
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Emphysema
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticular Disease
  • Esophageal Perforation
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Flail Chest
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hemoptysis
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal Endodermal Sinus Tumors
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mesothelioma, Adult Malignant, Pleural
  • Metastatic Cancer of the Lungs
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Neuroendrocrine Tumors
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Paralyzed Diaphragm
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Primary Hyperhidrosis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Respiratory System Cancer
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymomas
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Trachea Cancer
  • Tracheal Diseases and Disorders
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Trapped Lung
  • Traumatic Hernia
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheal Tumors

For more information about any of these conditions, please speak with your doctor.


Procedures we offer include but are not limited to:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Chest Wall Resection and Reconstruction
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diagnostic Bronchoscopy
  • Diaphragm Plication (Thoracoscopic, Robotic and Open)
  • Diaphragmatic-Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair with Robotic Assistance
  • Endobronchial Valve Placement
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Extrapleural Lung Removal
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Hyperhidrosis and Minimally Invasive Sympathectomy
  • Interventional Bronchoscopy and/or Esophagoscopy (e.g. cryotherapy, PDT)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy of Lung with Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Transplant
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Lymphadenectomy with Robotic Assistance
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)
  • Minimally Invasive Resection of Mediastinal Tumor
  • Minimally Invasive Thymectomy
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Partical Lobectomy with Robotic Assistance
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Pleural Biopsy
  • Pleural Effusion and Indwelling Pleural Catheter Placement
  • Pleurodesis
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Robotic Thymectomy
  • Robotic Surgery, Thoracic
  • Segmentectomy
  • Stenting Procedures of the Airway (Trachea) and Esophagus
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Drainage of Pleural Cavity with Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung with Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung with Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thymectomy
  • Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Thymectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Zenker’s Diverticulectomy

For more information about any of these procedures, please speak with your doctor.

Ochsner Biobank

Ochsner thoracic surgeons are focused on caring for our community now and in the future. The Ochsner Biobank, an extensive biospecimen and clinical data repository, was founded in 2011 to provide researchers with what they need to take healthcare to the next level. Learn more.

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