Department of Thoracic Surgery

Education & Training


Patient Care

Contact Us:

Vera Phelan

Assistant to the Chairman

Department of Thoracic Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
609 Oxford House
1313 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37232-4682


(615) 322-0064
           Fax: (615) 322-3079
Email: vera.phelan@vanderbilt.edu


Dr PutnamWho We Are

The Department of Thoracic Surgery is recognized globally for its expertise in treating simple and complex thoracic conditions, including lung cancer and esophageal cancer, esophageal diseases, pulmonary metastases, malignant pleural diseases and pleural effusion, other congenital and acquired chest diseases, as well as the management of lung failure, including lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) and lung transplantation. We offer patients both the science and compassion needed to manage complex and reoperative conditions of the lung, esophagus, trachea and chest wall, as well as palliative procedures such as stents, lasers and minimally invasive techniques -- all with the goal of improving quality of life.

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Joe B. Putnam Jr., MD, FACS 
Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery