Thoracic Surgery

As a fellowship trained and board certified thoracic surgeon, Joseph Whitlark, MD, FACS, Mount Nittany Physician Group, and a team of professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions of the veins, arteries and chest.

About thoracic surgery

Thoracic surgery treats diseases affecting the organs inside the chest including the lungs, chest wall, esophagus and diaphragm.

Common thoracic conditions treated include:

  • Lung cancer/diseases
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Aneurysms of the chest
  • Gastro esophageal reflux disease

Meet our team

At Mount Nittany Physician Group, our providers are dedicated to being your partner in health and wellness. Watch the video below to learn what makes them unique, both professionally and personally.


"If you find something you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. And I have never had to work in my life." - Joseph Whitlark, MD, FACS

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Surgical Diagnosis of Chest, Lung Problems

Surgical Diagnosis of Chest, Lung Problems

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