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Thoracic Surgery is one of the surgeries, which mainly offers surgical treatments of thoracic diseases and cardiovascular diseases. Gangnam Severance Hospital Thoracic Surgery performs surgeries for thoracic diseases of chest, rib, chest muscle, lung, and esophagus as well as blood disorders of coronary artery, aorta, heart valves, and arteries and veins. Cardiovascular and lung diseases such as lung cancer, bronchiectasis, pulmonary tuberculosis, lung tumors, mediastinal tumor, pneumothorax, hematothorax, rib fractures, lung contusion, esophagus, esophageal diverticulum, esophageal achalasia, and esophageal stricture are mainly cared by the division. In addition, the division cares heart and vascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, aortic disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart defects, and varicose veins. It is a leader of Korea lung transplantation that performs the most lung transplantations and heart-lung transplantations in Korea. Also it employs specialized professors, lecturer, majors, nurses, coordinators, and bronchoscopy-operators. Additionally, it cooperates with Respiratory Medicine, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Pathology, and Anesthesiology to operate Respiratory Center. With thoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and radiologists, it operates Cardiovascular Center to care heart valves, coronary artery disease, and aortic disease.
Clinical Experience-Performed the first endoscopic surgery in Korea(1994), performed the first and the most lung transplantations in Korea, performed cardiovascular surgery more than 2000 times(2006), performed coronary artery bypass graft by heartbeat status to most patients(2006), performed thoracic surgery with Da-Vinci surgical robot(2007).