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Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery at Capital Health

Capital Health provides surgical treatment for patients with a wide range of conditions affecting the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, chest and heart. Our focus is centered on providing the best possible outcome for each patient. This includes cutting-edge surgical approaches to deliver the highest quality care for patients using state-of-the-art surgical techniques and cancer therapies.

Surgical Expertise

The surgical team at Capital Health are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for each patient. Our board certified thoracic surgeon, Dr. Africa Wallace, specializes in minimally invasive cardiothoracic procedures using robotic-assisted and video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS) technology. For patients diagnosed with cancer, surgeons are part of a multidisciplinary team that delivers personalized, integrated cancer care, along with other medical experts and specialists.

Advanced Technology in Surgical Procedures

In addition to traditional surgery, Dr. Wallace offers minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include smaller incisions, less blood loss, decreased scarring, fewer surgical complications, faster recovery, and a shorter hospital stay. Thoracic surgeries are performed at Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell.

Conditions We Treat

We will work closely with you in diagnosing your condition and developing a customized treatment plan exclusively for you. In our thoracic surgical program, we treat a wide range of malignant and non-malignant conditions:


  • Lung cancer*
  • Pulmonary nodules*
  • Plueral effusions
  • Empyema
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Hydropneumothorax
  • Bullous lung disease*
  • Hemothorax
  • Chylothorax
  • Bronchopleural fistula
  • Chest wall tumor
  • Mesothelioma


  • Esophageal cancer*
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)*
  • Paraesophageal hernia*
  • Achalasia*
  • Esophageal stricture
  • Esophageal perforation
  • Esophageal diverticulum*
  • Leiomyoma*


  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Elevated hemidiaphragm*


  • Mediastinal mass*
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Thymoma*
  • Thymic cysts*
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pericardial cyst*
  • Neurogenic tumors
  • Schwannoma*


  • Tracheal mass
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheomalacia

Provide diagnostic Information for:

  • Lymphoma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Germ cell tumor
  • Interstitial lung disease*

Other Procedures

  • Port placement for central venous access (chemotherapy)

*Robotic surgery available using da Vinci® Surgical System

Schedule a Consultation

To request a thoracic surgical consultation, call 609-537-6000.