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The surgeons affiliated with Dignity Health Norton Thoracic Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center are available to see patients in the East Valley, Central Phoenix, and West Valley.

As one of the most active programs in the Southwest, our team is comprised of six thoracic surgery fellowship-trained physicians and one general surgeon specializing in esophageal disease.

Thoracic Surgeons at NTI use cutting edge technology to provide minimally invasive thoracic surgery to patients referred to our practice. Each patient will be evaluated for the most appropriate surgical approach that will then be individualized for your condition. 

Dr. Ross Bremner

Ross M. Bremner, M.D., PhD

Executive Director | Norton Thoracic Institute Department Chair | Thoracic Disease and Transplantation Professor of Surgery | Creighton Medical School – Phoenix Regional Campus Professor of Surgery | University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

Vice Chief of Staff | St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Thoracic Surgery & Transplantation





Dr. Michael Smith

Michael Smith, M.D.

Chief | General Thoracic Surgery Surgical Director | Lung Transplantation Program Professor of Surgery | Creighton Medical School – Phoenix Regional Campus Thoracic Surgery & Lung Transplantation 




Dr. Jasmine Huang

Jasmine Huang, M.D.

Director | Education and Program Development Co-Director | Lung Cancer Screening Program

Associate Professor of Surgery | Creighton Medical School – Phoenix Regional Campus Thoracic Surgery & Lung Transplantation 





Dr. Samad Hashimi

Samad Hashimi, M.D.

Director | Minimally Invasive and Robotic Programs Director | Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Assistant Professor of Surgery | Creighton Medical School – Phoenix Regional Campus Thoracic Surgery & Transplantation 





Dr. Shair Ahmed

Shair Ahmed, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery | Creighton Medical School – Phoenix Regional Campus Thoracic Surgery & Lung Transplantation 





Dr. Chirag Patel

Chirag Patel, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon | Norton Thoracic Institute Assistant Professor of Surgery | Creighton Medical School – Phoenix

Thoracic Surgery & Transplantation  




Dr. Sumeet Mittal

Sumeet Mittal, M.D.

Surgical Director | Esophageal & Foregut Program Surgical Director | NTI Clinical Research Program

Professor of Surgery | Creighton Medical School – Phoenix Regional Campus Esophageal Surgery   

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Call (888) 608-1043 for more information.