About the Doctor

Dr. Jean-Philippe Bocage and his team operated for over twenty years, performing Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), a procedure they pioneered in the early 1990s. Members of our helpful and knowledgeable staff, working in tandem with our team of surgeons, provide thorough answers and articulate advice, working with you to facilitate your needs from beginning to end.

Dr. Jean-Philippe Bocage

In addition to his role as Chief of Thoracic Surgery at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick as well as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Dr. Bocage holds an academic position at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He subspecializes in the practice of general thoracic surgery, with a focus on minimally invasive thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology.

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Pioneering Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Thoracic Group surgeons pioneered the field of Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery and were involved in naming it. They held the first training course in VATS for surgeons in New Brunswick, NJ in the early 1990s, in addition to authoring the first medical publication in the English language on the performance of a VATS case. Since then, they have taught, proctored, and lectured nationally and internationally on the technique.

Average operating time is less than 40 minutes

Conversion rate to an open thoracotomy is less than 1%

95% of patients are home from the hospital within 1-2 days

Complication rate less than 5%

Surgeons use 4 one-inch incisions

Return to normal preoperative function in 2-3 weeks

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Somerset Office

35 Clyde Road, Suite 104
Somerset, NJ 08873

732.846.3819 (Fax)

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901 W. Main Street, Suite 363A
Medical Arts Building
Freehold, NJ 07728

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Effective May 31st, 2024, I have retired from the practice of medicine.

At this time, the practice is closed.  It has been a great pleasure providing your healthcare needs over the years and I greatly appreciate your confidence and support. If you are a former patient or need assistance, please call (732) 247-3002.  A staff member will return your call to assist you.
On behalf of all of us at Thoracic Group, we wish you a future of health and happiness.   We will cherish the many rewarding experiences shared with our valued patients.

Warm Regards,
Dr. Jean-Philippe Bocage