Penn State Health Thoracic Surgery treats patients with benign and malignant thoracic diseases. Our physicians offer an advanced level of expertise and provide care via endoscopic, minimally invasive, and complex open surgeries and interventions.

Our multidisciplinary team of thoracic surgeons and interventional pulmonologists - based in the region's premier academic medical center - has the medical, surgical, and support services needed to provide the most thorough care for our patients.

We streamline care by seeing patients jointly and working together on an individualized treatment plant for each patient. Throughout treatment, we emphasize ongoing communication with patients, families, and referring physicians.

Meet thoracic surgeon Michael Reed, MD, who was attracted to surgery for a number of reasons, including the hands-on aspect, technical challenge and atmosphere of the operating room, as well as being able to cure cancer.

Team of Specialists, Advanced Techniques

The combined areas of expertise from members of our multidisciplinary team offer the latest interventions for thoracic diseases.

Our team brings together expertise from thoracic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic and interventional thoracic radiologists, interventional pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, patient care advocates, and nurses to create a unified treatment plan tailored to each patient's needs.


We offer the most effective and innovative treatment options to help our patients live longer and improve their quality of life. A few of these advanced techniques include:

  • Complex open thoracic operations
  • VATS and robotic surgery
  • Advanced bronchoscopic diagnosis, staging and intervention
  • Pleural interventions (tunneled catheters and pleuroscopy)
  • Lung cancer screening

Experts in Care

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Why Choose Penn State Health

Cutting-Edge, Coordinated Care

Thoracic Surgery serves as a link among several areas needed to treat complex thoracic disorders such as lung cancer.

This multidisciplinary approach ensures that treatment plans reflect the combined expertise of the specialists involved in the care of our patients.

We boast board-certified surgeons with advanced training in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Our experts are leading their profession in the most advanced treatment options to prolong survival and improve quality of life for patients diagnosed with benign and malignant thoracic disease.

Our advanced surgical techniques include open surgery, minimally invasive surgery using VATS, robotic surgery, and endoscopic interventions for diagnosis, staging, treatment and palliation.

Our board-certified interventional pulmonologists have advanced training in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine, and interventional pulmonology. They offer the most contemporary interventions for the diagnosis, staging, and management of benign and malignant conditions of the lungs, airway and pleura.

Conversations LIVE: Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women worldwide. While cigarette smoking is the principal risk for developing lung cancer, it's not the only one.

Watch this episode of “Conversations LIVE” as Dr. Michael Reed and Dr. Jennifer Toth discuss symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Radon's Link to Lung Cancer

Each year, radon kills more people than home fires, drowning, falls, or drunk driving. It is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, taking approximately 21,000 lives annually.

Even though there are plenty of ways to decrease exposure to the radioactive element that results from the decay of uranium, many people aren't aware of their risk or options. Learn more about radon’s link to lung cancer.

Central Pennsylvania Free to Breathe

This is a non-profit organization united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure.

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The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery

A website presented by cardiothoracic surgeons committed to improving patient care. Learn more.

Support Groups

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other patients and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles.

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Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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