Thoracic surgery is a surgical specialty which is focused on procedures involving the chest more formally known as the thorax it may also be known as cardiothoracic surgery cardiothoracic surgeons focus on heart and lung surgery in particular. Thoracic surgery is the repair of organs located in the thorax or chest the thoracic cavity lies between the neck and the diaphragm and contains the heart and lungs cardiopulmonary system the esophagus trachea pleura mediastinum chest wall and diaphragm. Ucla thoracic surgery ucla is one of the busiest thoracic surgery programs in the western united states our thoracic surgeons are specialized in non cardiac thoracic pathology. Cardiothoracic surgeons will graduate from medical school and go on to complete either a 5 year general surgery residency followed by a 2 or 3 year cardiothoracic surgery residency program or enter into a 6 year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residencysome cardiothoracic surgeons choose to do additional training in a subspecialized area but this training is optional with the exception of
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