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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

General Thoracic Surgery Section

Carolyn E. Reed, MDThe Section of General Thoracic Surgery provides diagnostic and treatment services to patients with benign and malignant neoplasms and other disorders of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, and chest wall.  The program provides patients with evaluation by a multidisciplinary team including specialists in surgery, medical oncology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, radiation oncology, radiology, and pathology.  The program also offers innovative surgical treatment with video-thoracoscopy, endostrochid ultasound, laser bronchoscopy and brachytherapy as well as traditional surgical procedures.

As well as a team approach to each patient’s disease, cutting-edge clinical trials and basic and clinical research are part of the section’s mission.

Why Choose Us?

The Section of General Thoracic Surgery is led by surgeons who are board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery and have chosen to limit their practice to general thoracic (non-cardiac) surgery.  Only 10-15% of US cardiothoracic surgeons devote 100% of their practice to general thoracic cases.  A patient at MUSC will have a thoracic operating room team, a specialized intensive care unit, and a designated patient-care floor dedicated to optimizing recovery with 24/7 coverage.

There are advantages to coming to a hospital with high volume in general thoracic cases.  For some conditions, such as esophageal cancer, a high volume surgeon and hospital have been correlated with better outcomes.  High volume allows us to build a support team that facilitates a continuum of care of high quality.

We are proud of our team approach and are dedicated to finding the best treatment for each patient.  We work closely with referring physicians and strive to coordinate much treatment close to home.

Chadrick E. Denlinger, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Jacob Klapper, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Maggie McClain Ramsden, NP
Clinical Instructor
Natalie Riley, PA-CNatlie Riley, PA-C
Clinical Instructor


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