Department and Faculty

The Division of General Thoracic Surgery is a 6 member group that specializes in all aspects of general thoracic surgery. We are interested in bringing the latest surgical technology to yield outstanding outcomes for our patients. The practice is a broad-based mix of esophageal, pulmonary, transplant, mediastinal and chest wall diseases and includes a strong emphasis on minimally invasive surgery including robotics and natural orifice surgery. Educational activities are also innovative with fellow centered teaching conferences, e-learning and a state of the art simulation center.


The surgeons who work in the division are committed to excellent patient care and high quality education. We have adequate supporting personnel so that fellows do not have to perform tasks that are not educational. The fellows interact with the faculty on a daily basis in the operating room, clinics and on the ward. Education is considered a high priority.

Advisers and Mentors

You will be assigned a staff mentor to review progress and career goals. Your mentor will meet with you periodically throughout the entire program to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

Visiting Professors

Each year the Division of General Thoracic Surgery hosts the O. T. Clagett Named Visiting Professor. This event is sponsored by the Jack Taylor Family Foundation. In 1982, Mr. Jack Taylor, a grateful Mayo Clinic patient, provided funds for an annual lectureship to honor Jim Clagett who was one of Mayo Clinic's early thoracic surgeons. This event has become the most important academic activity of our Division. The event includes rounds and lectures with nationally and internationally known general thoracic surgeons.

June 29, 2017