St. Luke's is a center of excellence for valve surgery and our cardiothoracic surgeons perform hundreds of cardiac surgical procedures each year. Of these, approximately 50% are isolated aortic or mitral valve replacements, mitral valve repair, or a combination of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) with valve replacement or mitral valve repair.
Our highly skilled team also treats conditions of the esophagus and lungs, including tumors, cancer, and pleural disease. Surgery capabilities include traditional chest surgery and esophagectomy, as well as minimally invasive, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for biopsies, lung lesion removal, and lobectomy. We also perform minimally invasive staging of the mediastinum including endobronchial and endoscopic ultrasound, transcervical thymectomy for treatment of myasthenia gravis, and chest wall resection and reconstruction.
Our team offers innovative treatments to address conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, lung disease, and vascular disease.
Ashley Morgan, MD operates on the lungs, esophagus, stomach, ribs, diaphragm, and other chest structures, and uses minimally invasive approaches whenever possible to ensure a quicker recovery than traditional surgery. She has particular interests in lung cancer, esophageal cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), mediastinal tumors, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and hernias of the diaphragm. She works closely with a team of specialists throughout the course of care that includes oncologists, radiologists, and gastroenterologists.
Dr. Morgan focuses not just on the thoracic condition of her patients, but their overall health, including nutrition, exercise, and tobacco use. She believes that treating each person with compassion while working with the whole picture of their health leads to the best surgical outcomes.
In her free time, Dr. Morgan enjoys the outdoors, rock climbing, skiing, running, and exploring Idaho's mountains with her husband.
Matthew W. Schoolfield, MD is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy, and lung cancer. He serves as the medical director of thoracic oncology at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute and is co-chair of the pulmonary nodule committee, to provide expert consultation, follow-up evaluation, and treatment of incidental chest imaging findings.