Thoracic Oncology

The Thoracic Oncology Center is a multidisciplinary program for patients with lung, esophageal, pleural, mediastinal, and chest wall tumors. Our pulmonary faculty and fellows are highly trained in preoperative assessment and bronchoscopic diagnosis of thoracic tumors. Important clinical and research efforts focus on the diagnosis, management and prevention of lung cancer. Through our combined state of the art research and clinical practices, the Boston University Center for Thoracic Oncology’s mission is to reduce lung cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality.

The Thoracic Oncology Center is a comprehensive program that provides a wide array of clinical and research services for lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. The multidisciplinary team is composed of physicians experienced in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, chest radiology, pathology, and pulmonary medicine. The team meets weekly to review diagnostic and treatment options for individual patients. Patients are seen by an entire team of physician experienced in this field.

Boston Medical Center performs a high volume of surgeries for thoracic malignancies including robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our surgeons work together with the medical and radiation oncologists to participate in multiple clinical trials and develop treatment plans at every stage of lung cancer with a special emphasis in treatment options for patients with Stage IIIA and IIIB lung cancers.

Boston Medical Center’s pulmonologists play an integral role at the Thoracic Oncology Center. Faculty and first-year fellows help care for high-risk surgical candidates post-operatively through the consult service. Our dedicated pulmonologists along with two to three senior pulmonary fellows join with the thoracic surgeons in multidisciplinary conference and clinic to provide preoperative assessment and aid in bronchoscopic diagnosis of thoracic tumors. Third- year pulmonary fellows on their anaesthesiology rotation observe and participate in thoracic cases including Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), and Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) lobar resections. At the research center, the Lung Cancer Group works to identify genes responsible for a genetic predisposition to lung cancer so high risk patients can be targets for prevention and early detection.

Weekly Multidisciplinary Thoracic Conference.

Patient’s clinical history, pathology, imaging and diagnostic studies are reviewed weekly by the multidisciplinary team to coordinate evaluation and treatment strategies.

Weekly Multidisciplinary Clinic.

Our pulmonologists work closely with the thoracic surgeons in a combined clinic aiding in diagnosis and assessing and preparing patients for treatment.

Comprehensive Imaging Services including PET imaging, chest CT and MRI.

Diagnostic Services including fine needle aspiration, interventional bronchoscopy (bronchoscopic biospsies and fine needle aspiration), EUS, EBUS, mediastinoscopy, and thoracoscopy.

Combined chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical resection to treat patients with locally advanced disease.

Endobronchial therapy including Stent Placement, Thermal Laser Treatments, and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for obstructing lung and esophageal cancers. Endobronchial and endoscopic ultrasound FNA. directed by Dr. Michael Ebright.

Radiofrequency Ablation as a minimally invasive method to treat lung tumors in patients who are unable to have an operation because of medical co-morbidities or refusal.

Hiran Fernando, MD, MBBS, FRCS, Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at our institution is a leader in this procedure.


Faculty with clinical and/or research specialty in Thoracic Oncology: 

Pulmonary Medicine

  • Christine Campbell-Reardon, MD
  • Hasmeena Kathuria, MD
  • Jon Iaccarino, MD
  • Renda Wiener, MD
  • Frank Schembri, MD
  • Avrum Spira, MD
  • Katrina Steiling, MD, MSc

Thoracic Surgery

  • Benedict Daly, MD
  • Hiran C. Fernando, MD
  • Harold Lazar, MD
  • Ara Ketchedjian, MD
  • Michael Ebright, MD
  • Mary Clancy, NP
  • Carmel Fitzgerald, NP
  • Nancy Paul, NP
  • Clinical Trials: Donna Morelli, BS


  • Bill Arndt, MD
  • Avneesh Gupta, M.D.
  • Gustavo Mercier


  • Ken Zaner, MD
  • Timothy Cooley, MD


  • Carl O’Hara, MD
  • Lisa Kachnic, MD,
  • Gregory Russo, MD


  • Brian Jacobson, MD


For Patients:

To schedule a clinic visit or refer a patient to the Thoracic Oncology Clinic, please contact us at:

Call: 617.638.5600

Fax: 617.638.7382

Boston Medical Center

Center for Thoracic Oncology

Moakley Building

830 Harrison Avenue, 3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02118