Thoracic Program

Thoracic Surgery Program


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Northwest Community Healthcare offers the most advanced care to address thoracic conditions that affect the lungs, chest, esophagus and diaphragm. Whether you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, esophageal cancer or you are struggling with the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), count on the board-certified specialists at NCH to create the most effective treatment plan for you.

We are proud to be affiliated with one of the busiest thoracic groups in the Chicago metropolitan area that is also designated as a 3-Star VATS lobectomy program by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons—a distinction afforded to only 5% of the thoracic programs in the country.

Our board certified thoracic surgeons have performed hundreds of procedures to treat patients with diseases of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, and diaphragm, including:

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Minimally-invasive and traditional treatments

Thoracic surgeons at NCH work with other NCH physicians and affiliated local specialists to develop a treatment plan for you. They also communicate with your local physicians to keep them abreast of your care. Minimally invasive techniques are emphasized when appropriate to get you back to your life quicker.

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Board-certified thoracic specialists

Northwest Community Healthcare's Thoracic Program features thoracic surgeons, interventional pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, physician assistants (PA) and advanced practice nurses (APN). Together, they provide the highest level of care to treat you.

Dr. Gary Chmielewski

Gary W. Chmielewski, M.D.

Dr. Chmielewski is a thoracic surgeon with extensive experience treating lung cancer and other thoracic conditions, both malignant and benign. He is board-certified in thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. His clinical expertise includes lung and esophageal cancer, chest tumors, Barrett’s esophagus, GERD, Nissen fundoplication, radiofrequency ablation, thoracoscopic surgery and VATS.

Dr. Andrew Arndt

Andrew Thomas Arndt. M.D.

Dr. Arndt is an experienced thoracic surgeon with extensive experience treating patients with lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and benign diseases of the esophagus. He is board certified in both cardiothoracic and general surgery and utilizes the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques (both robotic, VATS, and laparoscopic) to care for his patients.

Hector Martinez, MS, PA-C

Hector Martinez is a nationally certified physician assistant specializing in thoracic surgery. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management from National Louis University in Lisle, Illinois, and then earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His interests include minimally invasive thoracic surgery including robotic surgery, thoracic oncology, and esophageal surgery. He is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.


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