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Thoracic Surgery

When you need thoracic surgery, you want to know that you're getting the best care from a highly skilled team that is dedicated to your health and well-being.

The UCI Health Thoracic Surgery Services team offers unmatched expertise. Our thoracic surgery team is the most experienced and highly trained in Orange County and beyond, using the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques and technologies to treat diseases within the chest cavity. 

This includes video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), VATS lobectomy and minimally invasive thoracic surgery.

For a consultation, call 714-456-8000 or request an appointment online ›

We treat a wide range of conditions affecting the chest cavity, including:

  • Malignant pleural effusion
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Metastasis of other cancers to the lungs
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Paralysis of the diaphragm
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Solitary pulmonary nodule
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Thymic cancer
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheal diseases

To schedule a consultation, call 714-456-8000 or request an appointment online ›

Our thoracic surgeon is highly skilled in the latest surgical treatments for conditions of the chest cavity, including:

  • Airway stenting
  • Airway and esophageal laser/photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Bronchial sleeve resection 
  • Chamberlain procedure 
  • Chest wall surgery
  • Decortication for empyema
  • Endo-bronchial ultrasound with lymph node biopsy
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophageal stenting
  • Heller myotomy
  • Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS)
  • Mechanical pleurodesis and pleurectomy
  • Mediastinal tumor resection 
  • Mediastinoscopy

Schedule an appointment by calling 714-456-8000 or request one online ›

Dr. Ali Matahbifard, is a nationally renowned, board-certified thoracic surgeon. He offers the most innovative, leading-edge surgical techniques for the treatment of diseases within the chest cavity. 

Mahtabifard is double board-certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery with extensive training in the comprehensive management and advanced surgical care of thoracic conditions and malignancies. He is highly regarded as a leading expert in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, with expertise in leading-edge treatments for lung cancer and lung metastases, esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), as well as mediastinal, chest wall and airway disorders.

Dr. Hari B. Keshava is a thoracic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the chest, including lung cancer, metastatic lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer and malignancies of the thymus. His clinical focus also includes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), mediastinal malignancies, tracheal diseases and chest wall deformities. 

Keshava’s research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He also has made presentations at national and international conferences, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. 

They work closely with Dr. Javier Longoria, our interventional pulmonologist.

If you are a physician, you may refer a patient to be seen by our thoracic surgeon.

To request a new patient appointment with one of our providers or if you have any questions, please call us at 714-456-8000 or fill out our patient referral form ›

All of our referrals are reviewed daily and referring appointments are scheduled within one to two weeks, if not sooner.

If an earlier appointment is needed, please let us know and we will accommodate the physician request.

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