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Department of thoracic surgery

Dr. med. Stefanie Veit
thoracic surgery

About the department

The department of thoracic surgery at Nordwest Hospital Frankfurt am Main offers the full range of lung and chest cavity surgery. German Cancer Society certified the department as a Lung Cancer Center so that patients can expect treatment according to international medical standards. Thoracic surgeons work with pulmonologists, oncologists, and radiation therapists to develop the most effective treatment regimen. Upon admission to the department, patients undergo complex diagnostics, including ultrasound and radiological methods, examination of the function of external respiration and endoscopic procedures. All operating rooms are equipped with advanced modern equipment that allows surgeons to perform video-assisted thoracoscopic operations even in the most challenging clinical cases. This surgical intervention is completed with 2-3 small incisions using a miniature camera with a microscope and special surgical instruments.

The main direction of the medical team is the surgical treatment of lung cancer and metastases, malignant tumours of the mediastinal organs, chest wall and pleura. Also, thoracic surgeons successfully perform operations to correct various deformities of the chest, benign tumours and infectious diseases of the respiratory system. Throughout the therapeutic process, patients are accompanied by nursing staff, who create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Lung cancer and lung metastases
  • Thymus carcinoma
  • Pleural mesothelioma
  • Pleural effusion
  • Germ cell tumours
  • Thymomas, lymphomas
  • Pleurisy empyema
  • Lung abscess
  • Chronic infections with the destruction of lung tissue
  • Hemartaromas
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Emphysema
  • Cysts and sequesters of the lungs
  • Chest injuries (hemothorax, rib fractures)
  • Pneumothorax
  • Chest wall deformities
  • Hyperhidrosis 


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination (palpation, auscultation) 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Echocardiography (ECG)
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Sputum cytology (examination of sputum (mucus) under a microscope)
  • Spirography (pulmonary function tests)
  • Bronchoscopy and biopsy 
  • Endobronchial ultrasound scan 
  • Thoracoscopy and mediastinoscopy 
  • Percutaneous needle biopsy 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 


  • Pharmacological therapy 
  • Surgical treatment of lung cancer 
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery 
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy 
  • Lymph node removal surgery 
  • Palliative surgery (pleurodesis, long-term pleural drainage) 
  • Minimally-invasive surgery 
  • Stent implantation 
  • Laser therapy and cryotherapy 
  • Other treatment services
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Doctor profile


  • 2012 Grant in the field of surgical correction of thoracic defects, Istanbul and Windsor.
  • Surgery at the Robert Bosch Hospital, Stuttgart.
  • 2008 Grant in VATS lobectomy, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • 2007 Board certification in Thoracic Surgery
  • 2002 Doctoral thesis defence in medicine
  • 2001 Internship, Department of General and Abdominal Surgery, Marien hospital Stuttgart
  • 1999 - 2000 United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
  • 1994 - 2000 Study of Human Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg


  • Since 2016 Chief Physician of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main
  • 2015 Senior Physician with managing responsibilities, Lung Center, Sana Hospital Duesseldorf
  • 2011 Chairman of the Working Group on Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • 2010 Senior Physician in the Department of Thoracic 
  • 2003 Assistant Physician in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Robert Bosch Hospital, Stuttgart

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Thoracic Surgery
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