Thoracic Surgery

The Jefferson Thoracic Surgery Program

At Jefferson Health, our Department of Advanced Thoracic Surgery offers the most leading-edge technology for the treatment of lung and esophogial cancers.

  • Lung and esophageal cancers.
  • Mediastinal tumors, or growths that occur in the area between the lungs.
  • Additional conditions of the lungs, esophagus and diaphragm

In addition to these standard conditions, our department also specializes in several advanced facets of thoracic surgery and treatment, such as:

da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System Robotic System for Thoracic Surgery

This robotic technology provides Jefferson Health surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for complex surgery. da Vinci takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. Learn more

Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

A thin tube carrying a camera and an ultrasound device inserted into the patient’s windpipe while the patient is anesthetized to identify suspicious structures or biopsy the lymph node. Learn more

Nd:Yag Laser Ablation and Stenting of Endobronchial and Endo-esophogial Tumors

A neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser beam is aimed at the cancer through the tip of an endoscope to destroy the cancerous tissue. Stenting procedures are performed with nickel-titanium stents. Learn more

Stereotactic Body Radioablation with TrueBeam

A non-invasive treatment of early stage lung cancer for patients as an alternative to surgery. Focused radiation treatment targets the tumor while protecting the surrounding organs. Learn more

To make an appointment with the Advanced Thoracic Surgery program at Jefferson Health, call 215-612-5050 or email thoracicsurgery@ariahealth.org.

Walter J. Scott, MD, FACS
Chief of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Walter J. Scott is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Abington – Jefferson Health and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Scott W. Cowan, MD, FACS
Board-Certified Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Scott Cowan is a board-certified thoracic surgeon, the Vice Chair for Quality at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital, as well as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Nathaniel R. Evans III, MD, FACS, FCCP
Board-Certified Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Nathaniel Evans III is Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, as well as Director of the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program at Thomas Jefferson University and Methodist Hospitals.

Boyd Hehn, MD
Board-Certified Pulmonolgist

Dr. Boyd Hehn is a board-certified pulmonologist, Clinical Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Bronchoscopy Services.

Teresa E. Giamboy, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, MTTS
Thoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Teresa is a board-certified nurse practitioner and a certified master tobacco treatment specialist trained in caring for patients requiring thoracic surgery, lung cancer screening and tobacco dependence treatment.

Elizabeth Thornton, BSN, RN-BC, MTTS
Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator

As the thoracic oncology nurse navigator and a certified tobacco treatment specialist, Beth provides individualized assistance and education for a customized plan of care, encompassing lung cancer screening and tobacco dependence treatment specialties.