Thoracic Surgery

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The thoracic surgery team at CHA diagnoses, prevents and treats diseases of the chest, including lung cancer. Our team can see you at both Cambridge and Everett Hospital. When possible, we use methods proven to reduce pain and scarring, leading to a faster recovery.

Whether you’re having a test for a possible cancer, the removal of a tumor, a hernia repair or other procedure, we’ll make sure you understand your care and know what to expect. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident at every step.

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What is minimally invasive thoracic surgery?

CHA surgeons are trained in the latest minimally invasive techniques, which can make recovery easier. This includes video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). In this method, a tiny video camera is inserted into the chest, to give us a close-up view of the area being operated on. It’s just one of the many powerful tools and techniques we use today at CHA.

A partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical

The head of the thoracic surgery team, Dr. Jennifer Wilson, is on staff at both CHA and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. If you need thoracic surgery that can’t be performed at CHA, Dr. Wilson may be able to do the surgery in Boston, and then provide your follow-up care back at CHA. It’s the best of both worlds.

Services We Offer

  • Surgical treatment for cancers of the chest
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Conditions We Treat

  • Emphysema
  • Lung nodules
  • Lung cancer
  • Diaphragm hernias
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Thymic cancer
  • Chest wall tumors and deformities

Where You Can Find Us


CHA Cambridge Hospital

1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


Everett Hospital

CHA Everett Hospital

103 Garland Street
Everett, MA 02149



Jennifer Wilson, MD

Jennifer Wilson, MD


  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
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