Thoracic Surgical Associates of St. Luke's

Our Surgeons

Only Dedicated Thoracic Surgeons
in the Lehigh Valley

Unlike the majority of hospitals, where general or cardiac surgeons perform thoracic procedures, St. Luke's is home to two thoracic surgeons who focus exclusively on lung cancer and general thoracic oncology surgery. Drs. William R. Burfeind Jr. and Matthew M. Puc perform a high volume of procedures for chest malignancies and repair each year and are the only dedicated thoracic surgeons in the Lehigh Valley.

William R. Burfeind Jr., MD

Chief, Thoracic Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network

Watch Dr. Burfeind's
video message 
about his approach to
lung cancer treatment.


  • Native of the Lehigh Valley and a graduate of Emmaus High School
  • Spearheads the Lung Cancer Program and Thoracic Surgery at St. Luke's University Health Network since 2007
  • Board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians, as well as a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery, the Association of Academic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • Clinical interests include the treatment of both lung and esophageal cancers and other benign and malignant chest tumors
  • Research interests surround the design and conduct of large clinical trials, minimally invasive therapies for lung cancer, lung cancer staging and Quality of Life after lung cancer treatment
  • National speaker on such topics as thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy and complex airway reconstruction
  • Member of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Associates of St. Luke's

More about Dr. Burfeind

Dr. Burfeind's Curriculum Vitae

Matthew M. Puc, MD

  • Earned medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ
  • Completed clinical/research fellowship in thoracic surgery at University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Special interests include esophageal cancer, surgical treatment of complex lung tumors, minimally invasive thoracic surgery (including transcervical thymectomy, thorascopic lobectomy, sympathectomy) and endobronchial ultrasound and stenting
  • Member of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Associates of St. Luke's

More about Dr. Puc

Dr. Puc's Curriculum Vitae