Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery at Ospedale San Raffaele carries out clinical research in the development of new surgical techniques to improve the effectiveness of the treatment of oncologic and non oncologic diseases of the chest.

The staff offers innovative technology for the early diagnosis of lung cancer and mini-invasive treatments such as VATS resections. The Division is part of the Integrated Center for Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy in cooperation with the Services of Oncology, Pneumology and Radiology. It is a leading Center for the surgical treatment of tracheal diseases. Patients treated at the Division of Thoracic Surgery benefit from the most innovative technologies in diagnosis, surgery and postoperative treatment. All attending surgeons are certified by the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons and the Division numbers over 600 surgical procedures and 1500 bronchoscopies per year. The Division is also a leading Center for the treatment of catamenial pneumothorax in cooperation with the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Ospedale San Raffaele reporting the largest series of patients in Italy.

Main conditions treated

  • Lung cancer
  • Non-oncologic diseases of the lung
  • Trachea and airway
  • Pleural diseases
  • Diaphragmatic diseases
  • Mediastinum
  • Adult congenital malformations
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Treatment of cardiac arrhythmias (in cooperation with the Department of Arythmology)
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery


The Division of Thoracic Surgery is involved both in clinical and basic science research with numerous papers published in national and international journals. The Division is also involved in multi-center clinical trials such as the surgical treatment of lung cancer by means of Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery and treatment of rare neoplasms.


The Division of Thoracic Surgery applies innovative techniques in surgery such as mini-invasive procedures. It is one of the leading Centers for the endoscopic management of thoracic and airway diseases in terms of both diagnosis and treatment.


The Director of the Thoracic Surgery Unit is Dr. Giampiero Negri: his staff is composed by Dr. Angelo Carretta, Dr. Paola Ciriaco Dr. Armando Puglisi, Dr. Alessandro Bandiera, Dr. Piergiorgio Muriana and Dr. Silvia Raimondi Cominesi.