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Thoracic Surgery

The Jefferson Thoracic Surgery Program

At Aria-Jefferson Health, our Department of Advanced Thoracic Surgery offers the most leading-edge technology for the treatment of lung and esophogial cancers.

  • Lung and esophageal cancers.
  • Mediastinal tumors, or growths that occur in the area between the lungs.
  • Additional conditions of the lungs, esophagus and diaphragm

In addition to these standard conditions, our department also specializes in several advanced facets of thoracic surgery and treatment, such as:

da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System Robotic System for Thoracic Surgery

This robotic technology provides Aria-Jefferson surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for complex surgery. da Vinci takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. Learn more


Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

A thin tube carrying a camera and an ultrasound device inserted into the patient’s windpipe while the patient is anesthetized to identify suspicious structures or biopsy the lymph node. Learn more


Nd:Yag Laser Ablation and Stenting of Endobronchial and Endo-esophogial Tumors

A neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser beam is aimed at the cancer through the tip of an endoscope to destroy the cancerous tissue. Stenting procedures are performed with nickel-titanium stents. Learn more


Stereotactic Body Radioablation with TrueBeam

A non-invasive treatment of early stage lung cancer for patients as an alternative to surgery. Focused radiation treatment targets the tumor while protecting the surrounding organs. Learn more

To make an appointment with the Advanced Thoracic Surgery program at Aria-Jefferson Health, call 215-612-5050 or email thoracicsurgery@ariahealth.org.

Walter J. Scott, MD, FACS
Chief of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Walter J. Scott is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Abington Jefferson Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Scott W. Cowan, MD, FACS
Board-Certified Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Scott Cowan is a board-certified thoracic surgeon, an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and the Vice Chair for Quality at Thomas Jefferson University and Methodist Hospitals.

Nathaniel R. Evans III, MD, FACS, FCCP
Board-Certified Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Nathaniel Evans, III is a board-certified thoracic surgeon, an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program at Thomas Jefferson University and Methodist Hospitals.

Boyd Hehn, MD
Board-Certified Pulmonolgist

Dr. Boyd Hehn is a board-certified pulmonologist, Clinical Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Bronchoscopy Services.

Teresa E. Mallon
CRNP Nurse Practitioner

Teresa Mallon, CRNP is a board-certified Adult Geronotology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with the Advanced Thoracic Surgery Program at Aria Health.

Elizabeth Thornton
Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator

Elizabeth Thornton, BSN, RN-BC, received her nursing diploma from the Frankford Hospital (now Aria Health) School of Nursing from 2002-2005.