History

At Thoracic Group, we would rather shape history than simply be a part of it.

Started as the Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Group, our practice has been caring for thoracic patients throughout Middlesex and Somerset Counties for more than 40 years. Our co-founder, Dr. Ralph Lewis, was an internationally acclaimed innovator of Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). Along with Dr. Glenn Sisler, Dr. Robert J. Caccavale, and Dr. Jean-Philippe Bocage, Dr. Lewis pioneered the field of minimally invasive thoracic surgery. In 1990, our surgeons were among the first in the world to perform VATS. We’ve continued to improve and teach the procedure – bringing its surgical and health benefits to surgeons and patients around the world.

Over the past 15 years, operating as a team, Dr. Caccavale and Dr. Bocage have continued the tradition, completing over 7,000 successful VATS procedures. And our work continues every day, helping over 500 patients per year overcome a variety of chest ailments.