Thoracic surgeons perform operations to treat diseased or injured organs in the chest, such as the heart, lungs and esophagus, and in the bony structures and tissues that form the chest cavity. The most common diseases that require thoracic surgery are heart lesions, lung cancer, chest trauma, esophageal cancer and emphysema.
Metro Health’s thoracic surgeon, Lourens J. Willekes II, MD, specializes in treating patients with lung cancer, esophageal cancer and chest wall tumors as well as performing minimally invasive pulmonary surgery, diaphragm repair and much more. Your primary care physician, cardiologist, pulmonologist or gastroenterologist may send you to a thoracic surgeon if he/she feels that you may need surgery to treat a condition involving the organs in the chest or the chest wall itself.
Metro Health Thoracic Surgery is located in the Metro Health Professional Building in Suite 160.