On the 8th West China Forum on Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery held in Kunming, China in August 2016, we were honored to have an interview with Professor Scott J. Swanson from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.Professor Swanson shared important data and experience about “Mini-invasive esophagectomy” in his speech given on the Forum. Also, he has recently published an interesting article entitled “The value of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery: follow the money!” on European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Therefore, our interview specially focuses on Professor Swanson’s views on minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Particularly, this is the 7th time that Professor Swanson came to China. What progresses he has witnessed on Chinese thoracic surgery? As Professor of Surgery in Harvard Medical School, how does he look at the training of surgeons in Harvard? Hope this interview will bring some insights or useful knowledge to readers.