Division of Thoracic Surgery

The General Thoracic Surgery Residency Program of The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa, is a two year curriculum (post General Surgery) that is consolidated at the General Campus. One new MOH funded resident is accepted per year. This Program began as a specialty program at the Civic Campus in 1983 and separated from Cardiac Surgery in 1985. Consolidation at the General Campus occurred in 2002 as part of The Ottawa Hospital restructuring process.

Since the inception of Thoracic Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital in the 1960's our goal has been set up to provide a high standard of "thoracic surgical care" for patients with serious chest diseases. The General Thoracic Surgery Program has been structured to provide care for:

  • Thoracic malignancies which includes lungs, oesophagus and proximal stomach, mediastinum, chest wall, and pleural space
  • Benign foregut diseases which includes diaphragmatic hernia, oesophageal motility disorders, benign oesophageal tumours, and cystic lesions
  • Congenital anomalies of the tracheobronchial tree and oesophagus in the adult
  • Chest injuries
  • Acquired conditions which includes myasthenia gravis, hyperparathyroidism due to mediastinal parathyroid adenoma, and sepsis in the pleural space, mediastinum, chest wall and lungs
  • Proximal airway diseases
  • Benign oesophageal diseases requiring oesophageal function assessment
  • Emphysema requiring lung volume reduction operation

The Division of Thoracic Surgery also believes in providing optimal care for patients of Eastern Ontario while ensuring proper training of the future thoracic surgeons to serve the needs of patients across Canada. We share a common interest in continuing the professional development of our thoracic surgeons and maintaining a high academic standard by regular audits, education and research.