Swedish Thoracic Surgery

Swedish Thoracic Surgery

Thanks to the generosity of patients like you, our team is making strides in lung cancer treatment.

The Swedish Thoracic Program offers a complete range of thoracic surgical procedures with an emphasis on thoracic oncology and benign diseases of the esophagus. Swedish thoracic surgeons see patients with an array of conditions and perform over 800 diagnostic procedures and 1,000 major surgeries annually. The generosity of our community, a pivotal element to the growth and future of our program, help us to grow our research and bring extraordinary care to our thoracic patients. 

Your gift to the Swedish Thoracic Surgery Program not only strengthens the program, but bolsters our important research and education initiatives. The following are just some of the areas other grateful patients and their families support:

Research and Education

The Swedish Thoracic Research and Education Fund and our Thoracic Surgery Fellowship are the centerpieces of our work and are critical to ensure vital progress in this field. 

Through our research we're advancing new treatments for cancers of the thorax, and investigations of benign esophageal, pulmonary and pleural conditions. 

Hand-in-hand with our research, the Bergman Draper Oslund Udo Thoracic Surgery Fellowship supports the educational development of new surgeons by providing clinical experience and lab-based research in thoracic and esophageal surgery and thoracic oncology. This fellowship is made possible by our generous partners at the law firm of Bergman Draper Oslund Udo.



Mesothelioma Patient Assistance

Thanks to caring donors like you, patients with mesothelioma who must travel to Seattle to be treated by our world-renowned specialists receive assistance with housing to off-set the costs of living in the city during treatment. 

Lung Cancer Early Detection

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in large part because of late detection. Our team is working to improve the survival rate of of patients with lung cancer through early detection.

With your support we can continue our pursuit to deliver the highest level of care and continue our goal to provide top-tier education and meaningful research in the field of thoracic medicine. 

The generosity of our patients: your stories:

Alan Crowe first came to Swedish when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His friend Joe Saldin often accompanied Alan to his appointments and said that before he came to Swedish, Alan was given little hope. 

“Thanks to the doctors and staff at Swedish, Alan was given optimism. While he knew there wasn't a cure, Alan was made to feel like the remainder of his life could be high quality, productive, and most important, happy,” says Joe. 

Grateful for his care, Alan included a generous charitable bequest for the Swedish Division of Thoracic Surgery in his estate plans.

Swedish is where Shirley Miner’s children and two of her grandchildren were born— but Swedish came front and center in Shirley's life when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. 

Grateful for her care, Shirley made a gift of stock through her IRA and included a bequest to Swedish in her will. She made her gifts in honor of the doctors who cared for her and designated her gift to the Thoracic Surgery Education & Research Fund.

Contact Us

For questions or to learn more, please contact:

John Mohnke
Philanthropy Officer
[email protected]