When you or a loved one needs treatment for a condition of the lungs, esophagus or other organs in the chest, trust the largest thoracic surgery team in the region at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Our surgeons offer minimally invasive chest surgery, and they handle significant volumes of complex operations not often done in other centers. Best of all, they can see patients within 24 hours so you can start your treatment as quickly as possible.

To talk with a thoracic surgery nurse specialist about your care needs or to schedule an appointment,
call 410-328-6366.



Dedicated Inpatient Care Makes a Difference

UMMC is one of only a handful of hospitals anywhere to offer a dedicated Thoracic Intermediate Care Unit (TIMC). TIMC nurses are experienced in caring for the unique needs of inpatients who are recovering from chest surgery. This dedicated experience leads to better outcomes for our patients.

Be Treated at One of the Nation’s Top Cancer Centers

When it comes to cancer, our patients benefit by being seen by the multidisciplinary teams at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) and other UM Cancer Network sites. UMGCCC is a comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, one of fewer than 50 such centers that offer patients access to top cancer research experts and leading-edge treatments often not yet available elsewhere. 


The expert surgeons at UMMC are experienced in:

See a complete list of conditions we treat.

The Region’s Leader in Esophageal Surgery

The University of Maryland has one of the region’s most experienced and comprehensive teams in esophageal surgery. Whether operating for cancer or benign esophageal conditions, our surgeons have some of best outcomes nationally. When possible, we can offer patients minimally invasive options for esophageal surgery.

A World Leader in Treating a Rare Thoracic Cancer

Our Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Joseph Friedberg, is one of the world’s leading experts in surgery for pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the chest and lungs. Dr. Friedberg offers an advanced procedure that has been proven to improve life expectancy and quality of life for his patients. A robust team of mesothelioma experts offering chemotherapy, immunotherapy and proton therapy joins him.

Minimally Invasive Options Speed Recovery

One of the many areas in which the University of Maryland Division of Thoracic Surgery excels is in minimally invasive surgery. Our surgeons offer VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) or robotic procedures. When these technologies are in the hands of capable surgeons, they allow for patients to experience less pain, a smaller scar and a faster recovery. UMMC’s Director of Robotic Surgery, thoracic surgeon Dr. Shamus Carr, explains the benefits of minimally invasive surgery in the video below.


Thoracic Surgeons at UMMC

 

Joseph Stewart Friedberg, MD
Charles Reid Edwards Professor of Surgery
Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Maryland Medical System

Special Interests:

  • Pleural Mesothelioma
  • Pleural Malignancies and Disorders 
  • Complex Lung Cancer 
  • Chest Wall Tumors 
  • Pulmonary Metastasis
  • Malignant Pleural Effusions 
  • Diaphragm Disorders
  • Pneumothorax 
   Whitney Burrows, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Special Interests:
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Thymoma, Thymus Disease associated with Myasthenia Gravis
  • Diaphragmatic Hernias
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Lung Nodules
  • Emphysema Surgery
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Pleural Effusions
  • Pneumothorax
 

Shamus R. Carr, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Associate Chief of Division of Thoracic Surgery
Director of Robotic Surgery

Special Interests:

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Chest Wall Deformities
  • Esophageal Cancer 
  • Lung Nodules
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Diaphragm Disorders
  • Malignant Pleural effusions 
  • Pneumothorax 

 

Gavin L. Henry, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Special Interests:

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodules
  • Thymoma associated with Myasthenia Gravis
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pleural Effusions
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Robotic Surgery
 

Shelby J. Stewart, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Special Interests:

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodules
  • Mediastinal Tumors 
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Chest Wall Deformities 
  • Malignant Pleural Effusions 
  • Pneumothorax
  • Esophageal Cancer