About thoracic surgery at Ohio State


The Division of Thoracic Surgery aims to improve patient care and patients' outcomes. Our physicians work closely with other disciplines, including anesthesiology, hematology, oncology and pulmonary medicine. The resulting multidisciplinary approach provides comprehensive and exemplary care to our patients.

Under the direction of Dr. Robert Merritt, the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Ohio State has grown to one of the leading centers in the country and continues to use innovative technology in new and exciting ways. The Division of Thoracic Surgery is recognized as a Center of Excellence for photodynamic therapy of lung and esophageal cancers.


Accomplishments in care


Our Lung Volume Reduction Surgery program is the first in the country to earn a two-year certification of distinction by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Lung volume reduction surgery is used to alleviate the symptoms of pulmonary emphysema and can provide an improved quality of life to many patients with this irreversible disease. Our program was mentioned in the latest U.S. News & World Report magazine. The Division of Thoracic Surgery also offers surgical treatments for lung cancer, esophageal neoplasms and benign pathology through the latest innovative techniques, minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE), photodynamic therapy (PDT), minimally invasive lobectomy and expertise in tracheal surgery.

We have developed teams to support the programs in thoracic oncology, which includes a strong collaboration with the lung and gastrointestinal disease sites at the OSUCCC – James. We share many clinical trials with medical oncology, as well as radiation oncology through CALGB, RTOG and ACOSOG. This approach allows us to offer a differentiated product to the patients seeking their care for thoracic oncology at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our research initiatives also increase opportunities within the industry to convert research discoveries into new therapeutics and technologies. The photodynamic program at Ohio State has grown to become one of the leading centers in the country. Photodynamic therapy is used for curative, palliative and combined modality treatments in lung cancer. Ohio State continues to use this innovative technology in new and exciting ways.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions and Treatments

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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Photodynamic therapy uses a light-activated chemical called porfimer (Photofrin), an endoscope and a laser to kill precancerous cells.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a two-part process that uses a combination of lasers and drugs to treat lung and esophageal cancers. The first step involves injecting the patient with a photosensitizing drug which is then selectively absorbed by cancer cells. During surgery – typically two days after the injection – the surgeon inserts an endoscope carrying a flexible quartz fiber and places it near the tumor. When the laser is turned on, the light activates the toxic properties of the photosensitizing drug, killing the cancer cells through a chemical reaction.

Thoracotomy A surgical procedure that removes all or part of a lung.

Thoracotomy is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of a lung. It involves making a cut on one side of the chest and a small piece of tissue is removed and used for diagnosis. Hospitalization is required.

Tracheal Resection and Reconstruction A surgical technique that removes a narrowed section the windpipe to make breathing easier.

Tracheal resection and reconstruction is a surgical technique that removes a narrowed section the windpipe to make breathing easier. We perform this procedure to treat benign tracheal stenosis and to remove primary tumors of the trachea.
Our Doctors

Contact

Jerrilea Taylor, Division Administrator
(614) 366-7431

Jerrilea.Taylor@osumc.edu

N-850 Doan Hall
410 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1228