Conditions and the treatments offered by Washington University general thoracic surgeons include:

Airway surgery:

  • Tracheal resection
  • Bronchoplasty
  • Airway stents
  • T-tubes

Benign esophageal disease:

  • Laparoscopic repair
  • Open (complicated)
  • Swallowing disorder (motility)

Esophageal cancer:

Early detection

  • Barrett’s esophagus


  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Esophageal ultrasound


  • Transhiatal
  • Transthoracic
  • Minimally invasive

Lung cancer:

Early detection

  • Clinical trials
  • Indeterminate Nodule Clinic


  • Imaging by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), PET (eight full-time Mallinckrodt Institute chest radiologists)
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy


  • Limited resection
  • Segmentectomy
  • Sleeve resection
  • Resection for high-risk patients
  • Multifocal cancer
  • Thoracoscopic resection

Lung transplantation

Lung volume reduction surgery

Myasthenia Gravis

  • Transcervical thymectomy

For a thoracic surgery consultation, call (888) 287-8741.

General Thoracic Surgeons

Bryan F. Meyers, MD, MPH, Chief
Benjamin D. Kozower, MD, MPH
Daniel Kreisel, MD, PhD
Rubin Nava, MD
G. Alexander Patterson, MD
Varun Puri, MD, MSCI