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Thoracic Oncology

The Thoracic Oncology program at St. Luke's MSTI 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, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), and robotic surgery. We also provide immediate contact and easy access to services through a dedicated thoracic nurse navigator—answering questions and beginning the treatment planning process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • 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 working on the application of robotic surgery to general thoracic surgery and the development of a lung cancer screening program. 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


    Accepting new patients

Supportive Oncology

Treating cancer successfully goes beyond a focus on the disease itself.

At St. Luke's MSTI, we understand that attention to your overall well-being will help promote healing and improve your quality of life. Our supportive oncology team works together closely to help you:

  • Take a more active role in treatment and survivorship
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Manage treatment side effects and symptoms (including pain, nausea, and insomnia)
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Provide a sense of overall well-being

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.