Thoracic (Chest) Surgery in Israel

Thoracic surgery, also known as chest surgery, involves the organs of the chest, including the chest wall – breastbone and rib cage, lungs, trachea, and esophagus. At Sheba Medical Center, our Department of Thoracic Surgery features a world-class team of physicians experienced in many types of innovative procedures. We perform more than 400 chest operations every year. To provide each patient with comprehensive, supportive care, our thoracic surgeons work closely with specialists from other hospital divisions, including oncology, pulmonology, and gastroenterology.

Types of Treatments at Sheba

  • Esophageal Cancer Treatment – we perform a range of advanced esophageal procedures, including:

  • Left thoracoabdominal incision

  • Ivor Lewis esophagectomy

  • Transhiatal esophagectomy (Orringer approach)

  • Three-hole esophagectomy (modified McKeown technique)

  • Lung Cancer Treatment – our surgeons will determine which type of resection is required: lobectomy, pneumonectomy, or a limited resection. We perform minimally invasive techniques (when appropriate), such as robotic surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and lobectomy.

  • Achalasia Surgery – using laparoscopy, thoracotomy, or thoracoscopy.

  • Zenker’s Diverticulum Surgery – we perform the Dohlman procedure (minimally invasive endoscopic diverticulotomy) to divide the septum.

  • Thymoma Surgery – resections to remove the tumor.

Conditions We Treat with Thoracic Surgery

At Sheba, our focus is on surgical oncology. We specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of lung cancer and other types of thoracic tumors, as well as provide treatment for diseases of the organs in the thoracic cavity and thoracic wall, including:

  • Lung cancer and thoracic metastases from sarcoma, lymphoma lesions, and complex biopsies from the chest
  • Esophageal diverticulum, such as Zenker’s diverticulum (pharyngoesophageal), midthoracic diverticula, and epiphrenic diverticula
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Achalasia
  • Thymoma
  • Complicated trauma patients with multiple injuries
  • Congenital malformations (treated in collaboration with the Department of Pediatric Surgery)

Meet the Department Manager

Ran Kremer, MD

Ran Kremer, MD

Head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery

Meet Our Doctors

David Simansky, MD

David Simansky, MD

Deputy Director, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Simansky specializes in cardiac surgery. He graduated from the Hebrew University Medical School and completed advanced training in esophageal surgery in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Marina Perelman, MD

Marina Perelman, MD

Director, Department of Pathology

Dr. Perelman, a member of the Department of Thoracic Surgery staff, specializes in pulmonary pathology and is a world-renowned expert in the field. She received her medical degree in Russia and completed specialized training in pathology and anatomy at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1995.

Why Come to

Sheba for Thoracic Surgery in Israel?


Our team of thoracic surgeons operates on more than 400 patients per year, and performs more than 550 different operations to diagnose and treat inflammatory and thoracic diseases of the thorax


Our Department of Thoracic Surgery is part of Sheba’s Division of Surgery, which is equipped for performing the latest surgical techniques


Sheba was listed as one of the Top 10 Hospitals in the World by Newsweek, and we were awarded full accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), the gold standard for medical safety and quality


We assign a personal medical coordinator from Global patient services to stay by each patient’s side throughout every step of their treatment

Sheba – Ranked in the

Top Ten Best Hospitals Worldwide

Sheba Medical Center sets the standard for excellence in patient-focused care. Recently, Newsweek included Sheba on their prestigious list of the Top Ten Best Hospitals Worldwide. This endorsement recognizes Sheba as a leading force in medical science and biotechnological innovation – maximizing the latest technologies while always providing holistic, outstanding healthcare. Sheba is strongly committed to delivering personalized, expert medicine to everyone from all over the world.

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Holistic Healing at Sheba

Thoracic surgery involves a range of organs in the chest and chest wall, which is why we apply a multidisciplinary approach to every patient’s treatment program. Top specialists from many of our hospital departments cooperate fully to optimize and integrate your care. When we design the best surgical treatment for your condition, we factor in the health of your whole body – including your physical, psychological, intellectual, and social needs. Our services are holistic, all-inclusive, and convenient – with all members of your supportive team working under one roof.

Sheba Medical Center

Tailor-made medicine

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