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Over the past decade, the reputation of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton at McMaster University has grown substantively as a centre for clinical excellence, research and education. The participation of members of the Division in several high-profile, international research studies in emphysema, asthma and lung cancer has attracted the attention of professional colleagues and sparked the interest of the community in its work.

Our vision has been to excel in patient care, education and research. Our goal is to provide exemplary patient care of such a caliber to meet and exceed the needs of our community. Our goal includes our intent to practice contemporary evidence based thoracic surgery. We endeavor to develop a Thoracic Residency program rich in its breadth and depth, attracting the best graduates from around the world to join the program as trainees. We seek to make a meaningful contribution to the understanding of thoracic diseases and its treatment (both benign and malignant) through participation in and leading research activities.

Our Postgraduate Training Program in Thoracic Surgery began in 2000 under the leadership of Dr. John Miller. Since then, the Division has grown into one of the premiere training programs recognized by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. We are one of 8 centres in Canada qualified to train thoracic surgeons to practice Thoracic Surgery in Canada.

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