Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians, staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make the most of our resources.
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Our 10 medical programs are spread across eight hospital sites – Princess Margaret, Toronto General, Toronto Rehab’s five sites, Toronto Western – as well as our education programs through the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Learn more about the services, programs and amenities offered at each location.
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Thoracic surgery is the surgical subspecialty that deals with diseases of the chest (thorax), as well as the trachea, esophagus and stomach. Some of the more common conditions we treat include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, hiatus hernia (esophageal reflux), metastatic disease to the lungs and end-stage lung disease from any cause. Many of these conditions are treated using minimally invasive surgery.
We provide specialized care to patients through the following programs:
Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. After your visit, you will likely go to the Blood Collection Lab for blood tests. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes.
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UHN’s Thoracic Surgery team (from left): Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku, Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, Dr. Gail Darling, Dr. Marc de Perrot, Dr. Andrew Pierre, Dr. Marcelo Cypel and Dr. Thomas Waddell.
Our thoracic surgeons are leaders in their field, creating new and groundbreaking surgical techniques to improve the treatment and care of our patients.
One of these revolutionary treatments is the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System developed by
Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, Surgeon-in-Chief of UHN. This technique repairs damaged donor lungs prior to transplantation and will quadruple the number of donor lungs available to patients awaiting a lung transplant.
Our surgeons are also leading the development of exceptional image-guided and minimally invasive surgical techniques, enabling them to perform life-saving procedures that were once considered impossible.
Our team is focused on new frontiers of discovery, including harnessing the power of stem cells and gene therapy to repair and regenerate damaged tissue, essentially allowing patients’ bodies to heal themselves.
Dr. Shaf Keshavjee
Division Head: Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku
Residency Program Director:
Dr. Andrew Pierre
Interventional Pulmonologist: Dr. Kasia Czarnecka-Kujawa
Nurse Manager: Ina Cherepaha-Kantorovich
Nurse Navigator: Sujung Yi
To submit a referral, please provide:
If this information is not included, your referral may be returned as incomplete.
Fax your referral directly to the physician's office at the appropriate number below:
Some physicians' offices will send you a confirmation of receipt.
Someone from our office will call you with information about the patient's first appointment.
Your office is responsible for providing the patient with the appointment information, including time and location, and important documents, test results and imaging that they must bring.
It is extremely important to ensure that your patient brings the following as these will be required at their first appointment:
If your patient needs immediate, urgent care, please:
Lung Cancer Rapid Assessment & Management Program (LungRAMP)
Please complete our referral form and send to our dedicated fax line at 416 340 3353.
Benign Esophageal Disease Program
Referrals may be directed to:
Dr. Andrew PierreFax: 416 340 4556
Dr. Gail DarlingFax: 416 340 3660
Interventional Thoracic Surgery Program
Please fax your referral to
Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku at 416 340 3660.
Mesothelioma Multidisciplinary Program
Please fax your referral and supporting documents to 416 340 3853.
Toronto Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) Program
Please fax your referral to
Dr. Marc de Perrot at 416 340 3478.
Surgery for Emphysema Program
Referrals should come from pulmonary medicine specialists to ensure all other medical treatments have been optimized.
Please fax your referral to
Dr. Thomas Waddell at 416 340 4556.
Lung Metastasis Program
To complete the referral process, first download and
complete the referral form .
Please fax your referral to our dedicated line: 416 340 3353. We will review the form to ensure that it is complete; if it is not complete, we will return the form to you.
In addition to the completed referral form, please make sure to include:
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.