My thoracic surgeon, Dr. Nathaniel Soper, was involved in the TIF Respect study and performed some of those procedures. He does not recommend it, he prefers the NF, which he has done over 1500 of. With his expertise, I think he might be the guy you are seeking out TheSiXness. He is located at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is in downtown Chicago, an easy commuter train ride from O'Hare Airport. There is a skyway to a hotel if you choose to have surgery and recover for a few days in town. He is also the chairman of the department of surgery, so highly regarded, even by his peers.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is part of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
I'm only day 11 post-op, but doing better than most from what I can tell. I did considerable research on surgeons before choosing him. My original plan was to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as I have family there. But I live in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago, so I was excited to find Dr. Soper.