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Thoracic Oncology

The Thoracic Oncology program at St. Luke's Cancer Institute supports patients who have cancer or a suspicious finding for any cancers occurring in the chest, such as esophageal, lung, and thymic cancers, and chest wall tumors. Our fellowship trained surgeon offers you advanced expertise in minimally invasive surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). 

If preliminary tests have shown something suspicious, our thoracic nurse navigator will walk you and your primary care provider through next steps and further testing to ensure we're able to make an accurate diagnosis. And, if you are diagnosed with cancer, the nurse navigator will guide you and your family as you enter treatment, making sure you receive the resources and support you need.

If you have questions about cancer diagnosis and treatment at St. Luke's Cancer Institute, please call our thoracic nurse navigator at (208) 381-6194.

Highlights & Resources

  • Facilities & Locations

Our team offers innovative treatments to address conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, lung disease, and vascular disease.

  • Location & Contact Info

    333 N. 1st St.
    Suite 280
    Boise, ID 83702
    (208) 345-6545


  • Thoracic Surgery


    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.


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  • Thoracic Surgery


    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.

    Dr. Schoolfield earned his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Sioux Falls. He completed his general surgery residency at Robert Packer Hospital, and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University, where he trained in VATS for pulmonary lobectomy, esophageal surgery, and minimally invasive tumor staging of the mediastinum with endoscopic ultrasound. 

    Surgical specialties include:

    • Minimally invasive staging of mediastinum for cancer
    • Endobronchial ultrasound with biopsy (EBUS)
    • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
    • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
    • VATS lobectomy, segmentectomy
    • VATS removal mediastinal tumors
    • Complex airway procedures, sleeve lobectomy, and tracheal resection
    • Chest wall resection and reconstruction
    • Rigid and flexible bronchoscopy for airway tumor treatment
    • Diagnosis of interstitial lung disease
    • Thoracoscopic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis
    • Transcervical thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis
    • Treatment of mediastinal masses, pleural disease, and spontaneous pneumothorax


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  • Thoracic Surgery


    Rosemarie Serrone, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-certified, and daVinci robot-certified thoracic specialist offering patients the latest in cutting-edge surgical techniques together in combination with enhanced recovery protocols in thoracic surgery. Her experience and these strategies help reduce recovery time and hasten return to normal activity.

    Dr. Serrone treats conditions in the chest which include benign and malignant diseases of the lungs, airway, esophagus, chest wall, diaphragm, and mediastinum. She has received additional training in robotic-assisted surgery and endoscopic surgery, and focuses on minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical interventions for general thoracic diseases.

    Dr. Serrone's clinical interest lies in thoracic oncology, specifically lung cancer. She works closely with a team of specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, and gastroenterologists. Most importantly, her passion lives within patient interactions and offering an individualized treatment plan with compassion to provide the best surgical outcomes.

    During her free time, Dr. Serrone enjoys the outdoors, and all that the Mountain West has to offer, including hiking, backpacking/camping, mountain biking, and skiing with her husband and friends.


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Supportive Oncology

Supportive Oncology

Caring for the Whole Person

Supportive oncology is an integral part of the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute philosophy that healing comes from caring for the whole person, not just the disease.

You can count on a team of experts who will work alongside your physicians to help you and your family be as strong and stable as possible during your cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

Related Conditions

Related Conditions

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lung. They can invade nearby tissues and form tumors. Lung cancer can start anywhere in the lungs and affect any part of the respiratory system.

The cancer cells can spread, or metastasize, to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.

Support the Patients and Families at St. Luke's Cancer Institute

Support the Patients and Families at St. Lukes Cancer Institute

You Can Make a Difference

You can make a real difference in the lives of patients and families facing cancer. We hope you’ll help us provide the exceptional healthcare and support they deserve. We encourage you to get involved by making a financial gift, sponsoring or attending events, or volunteering your time.