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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 Oncology


    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 MSTI 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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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

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

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.