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'Introducing a new technique: thoracoscopic first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome'


Francesco Di Chiara

Francesco Di Chiara is a consultant thoracic surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) where he has introduced uniportal VATS surgery and has been performing advanced cases including sleeve lobectomies, chest wall resections and segmentectomies with this technique.

He has also performed the UK-first sterno- clavicular allograft transplantation. He helped establish the VATS approach for paediatric scoliosis surgery and performed this procedure for first time in Europe.

He introduced VATS first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome at OUH. 

He is currently collaborating at an experimental project on thoracoscopic rib fracture fixation. He is a board member of the European Board of Cardio-Thoracic surgery.

His background experience includes cardio-thoracic transplantation and cardiac surgery.

He has an interest in chest wall surgery and is the Principal Investigator for Oxford for the ORIF trial, a national multi-centre randomised control trial on the management of rib fractures funded by NIHR. 


Chair: Associate Professor James FitzGerald

All members of the University and NHS clinical staff are welcome.

Please email Louise King if you would like to attend.