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2016 Faculty

Gyn/GYO Uterine Fibroids General/Bariatric/Hernia
Thoracic
 

Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology Faculty 


Ricardo Estape, M.D.

Symposium Director
Medical Director, South Miami Hospital Center for Robotic Surgery
Gynecologic Oncologist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Estape attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned his degree from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Dr. Estape went on to do his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Program in Miami, Florida. Dr. Estape has performed more robotic surgeries than any other gynecologic oncologist or gynecologist in the world.
 

John Diaz, M.D.

Symposium Director
Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. John Diaz attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Diaz performs robotic surgeries because it provides for a faster post-operative recovery. In addition to his clinical work, he maintains a strong commitment to research in gynecologic cancers. He has co-authored numerous peer-review journals, book chapters and surgical films on the management of gynecologic malignancies. His research interests include fertility-sparing treatment of gynecologic cancers, novel surgical techniques in the management of ovarian cancer, robotic surgery in the management of gynecologic malignancies, and innovative therapies.
 


Lorna Brudie, D.O.

Gynecologist Oncologist
Florida Hospital Cancer Institute
Orland, Florida
Biography    Dr. Brudie attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at the University of Kansas. Dr. Brudie has held both attending physician and academic faculty positions in Obstetrics and Gynecology prior to returning to fellowship training at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. She has presented and published research on advanced robotic surgery and endometrial cancer staging as well as endometriosis. Dr. Brudie is board certified in Gynecologic Oncology by the American Board of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Pedro F. Escobar, M.D.

Instituto Gyneco-Oncológico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Biography    Dr. Escobar specializes in the surgical and chemotherapy management of women with gynecologic cancers. His clinical interests include single port surgery and robotic surgery. He received his medical degree from University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and has been in practice for 17 years.

 

Troy Gatcliffe, M.D.

Gynecologist/Oncologist
Baptist and West Kendal Baptist Hospitals
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Gatliffe is a gynecologic oncologist and gynecologist with Baptist Health South Florida. After receiving his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of California Medical Center at Irvine and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Gatliffe is Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. His clinical interests include cancer, cancer counseling, cervical dysplasia, menopause, post-menopause, sexually transmitted diseases and tumors.

 

Armando Hernandez-Rey, M.D., FACOG

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Assistant Clinical Professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at
Florida International University
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Hernandez-Rey specializes in treating patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent
pregnancy loss (miscarriage), and severe endometriosis. He is especially interested in fertility preservation for patients who must delay childbearing for personal or medical reasons, including cancer and systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Hernandez-Rey completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the UMDNJ School of Medicine. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the prestigious peer reviewed journal Fertility and Sterility, and has published several articles and chapters in the medical literature.
 
 

Dwight Im, M.D., FACOG

Director, Gynecologic Oncology
National Institute of Robotic Surgery
Mercy Medical Center
Baltimore, Maryland
Biography    Dr. Im focuses on the patient's whole cancer journey - from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and support. He assembles a patient care team for his patients that include radiation oncologists, women's imaging, patient education, family members and friends. Dr. Im believes that family and friends play a significant role in patient recovery and involves them in championing each patient's progress, helping to manage physical, emotional, and spiritual balance from diagnosis through recovery.

 

Nicholas Lambrou, M.D.

Medical Director, Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, South Miami Hospital
Medical Director, Robotic Surgery and Gynecologic Oncology, Doctors Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Lambrou’s professional background originates in Boston where he attended Tufts University for his Bachelor of Science, followed by Boston University where he received his M.D., M.A. degrees.  Dr. Lambrou completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University, fellowship at the University of Miami and was promoted to associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Miami. Dr. Lambrou is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology.

 

Martin Martino, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncologist
Medical Director Robotic Surgery Program
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Biography    Dr. Martino attended medical school at Hahnemann (Drexel) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed his residency at Rutgers:  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey.   He went on to complete his Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of South Florida:  H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and is board certified in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology.  He is a co-founding member of the Robotic Training Network (RTN), which is a national consortium of academic and community hospitals committed to standardizing education and training for residents, fellows and new learners in the safe use of emerging technology.  He has a specialized expertise in minimally invasive surgery and is helping to lead the charge against the “large incision”, applying it only when necessary.  His interest includes fertility-sparing surgery and cancer surgery, and continues to work to identify innovative surgical therapies to help manage patients with gynecologic cancers. 

 

Pedro T. Ramirez, M.D.

Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgical Research and Education
Department of Gynecologic Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Biography    Dr. Ramirez is known for his use of total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and laparoscopic extraperitoneal lymph node dissection in patients with early and locally advanced cervical cancer, respectively. Furthermore, he has a great deal of experience in performing robotic radical hysterectomies, radical trachelectomies, radical parametrectomies and staging procedures. He is also recognized as one of the leading surgeons in this country in the field of fertility preservation in young women with early cervical cancer. He has authored and co-authored over 80 scientific publications and has written numerous book chapters, monographs, and invited articles.

 

Eric D. Schroeder, M.D.

Gynecologist/Oncologist   
Baptist, South Miami Doctors and West Kendal Baptist Hospitals
Miami, Florida
Biography   Dr. Schroeder attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He went on to do his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Program in Miami, Florida.  He specializes in the minimally invasive treatment of gynecologic malignancies, and has research interests in immunotherapy, and cost analysis.

 

Brian Slomovitz, M.D.

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Human Genetics
Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Brian Slomovitz is a specialist in robotic surgery, novel therapeutics for endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer early detection. He is the principal investigator on a number of Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) clinical trials, focusing on endometrial and vulvar cancer. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured extensively. Dr. Slomovitz graduated from medical school at the Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency at New York Presbyterian – Cornell Medical Center in 2002. At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, he completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology in 2006. He is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology.


 
Uterine Fibroids



Rafael Perez, M.D.

Symposium Director
Gynecologist/Oncologist   
South Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Perez is an obstetrician and gynecologist on staff of Baptist Health South Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan and completed his residency in ob-gyn at Johns Hopkins University. He is Board-certified in ob-gyn. Dr. Perez’s clinical interests include biofeedback, bio-identical hormone replacement, cervical dysplasia, endometriosis, herpes, hormone therapy, incontinence, menopause, PMS, post-menopause, preventive medicine and urogynecology.

 

Adam Geronemus, M.D.

Vascular and Interventional Radiologist
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Miami, Florida
Biography: Coming soon

 

Armando Hernandez-Rey, M.D., FACOG

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Assistant Clinical Professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at
Florida International University
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Hernandez-Rey specializes in treating patients with polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss (miscarriage), and severe endometriosis. He is especially interested in fertility preservation for patients who must delay childbearing for personal or medical reasons, including cancer and systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Hernandez-Rey completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the UMDNJ School of Medicine. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the prestigious peer reviewed journal Fertility and Sterility, and has published several articles and chapters in the medical literature.

 

Evan Myers, M.D., MPH

Walter L. Thomas Distinguished Professor, Division of Clinical and Epidemiological Research
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Durham, North Carolina
Biography    Dr. Myers’ primary research interests are in the application of clinical epidemiological methods, including decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and other mathematical modeling techniques, to women’s health research. He has served as PI or Co-Investigator on numerous Duke EPC evidence reports, including several assessments of strategies for primary prevention, screening, diagnosis, and management of gynecologic cancers. Dr. Myers also has experience in supporting guidelines development, most recently leading the evidence review supporting the American Cancer Society’s most recent breast cancer screening guidelines. Dr. Myers currently serves as Principal Investigator of COMPARE-UF, a national registry designed to perform comparative effectiveness research on treatments for symptomatic uterine fibroids.

 

General/Bariatric/Hernia


Anthony González, M.D.

Symposium Director
Chief of Surgery, Baptist Hospital of Miami
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery, Baptist Health South Florida
Associate Director of Surgery, Baptist Health Medical Group
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Gonzalez graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine and went on to continue his surgical training at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center where he was appointed Chief Resident. He has been involved in the care of bariatric patients since 1994. His leadership has lead to the reduction of surgical site infections and surgical errors at Baptist Health. His reputation has motivated surgeons from all of Central and South America to travel to south Florida to glean from his specialization in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery.



Jorge Rabaza, M.D.

Symposium Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Rabaza is a general surgeon with a specialty in bariatric surgery, including revisional surgery at Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of more than 100 physicians in multiple specialties closely aligned with Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Rabaza graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed his residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.


 

Rafael E. Azuaje, M.D.

General Surgeon
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Clinical Assistant Professor, General Surgery
Florida International University
Miami, Florida
Biography   Dr. Azuaje attended Universidad Centroccidental in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, where he completed a combined Undergraduate and Medical School Program and earned his Medical Degree in 1995. His post-graduate surgical training included an internship and residency in General Surgery at Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was a Chief Resident in 2003-2004. He completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive – Advanced Laparo-endoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the University of Miami in 2005. In 2010, he completed a Physician Executive Master in Business Administration program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, and received his MBA degree. Dr. Azuaje has contributed to many publications and he is the author of two General Surgery textbooks.




Conrad D. Ballecer, M.D., M.S.

General Surgeon
Arizona General Surgery Specialists
Peoria, Arizona
Biography    Dr. Ballecer graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He then completed an internship and residency at the Maricopa Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Greenville Health System, University of South Carolina. Dr. Ballecer is a Board-certified general surgeon. A true believer in the value of robotic surgery, he said, “Robotic surgery has literally transformed our practice. It has taken minimally invasive surgery to an entirely new and exciting level. We believe that we can offer the safest and most effective surgical techniques by utilizing the robot to conduct our procedures with a higher degree of precision than what has previously been offered.”

 

Charan Donkor, M.D.

Medical Director, General Surgery and Advanced Laparoscopy
Baptist and Mariners Hospitals
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Miami, Florida
Biography   Dr. Donkor is a Board-Certified general surgeon specializing in weight-loss surgery. He has extensive training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for minimally invasive and bariatric procedures. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, and he obtained his medical degree from the SABA University School of Medicine in the Netherlands, Antilles. His post-graduate training includes an internship in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and residencies in general surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and at Columbia University/Harlem Hospital, New York. He then completed a fellowship in the Advanced Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery program at Baptist Health.



Clark D. Gerhart, M.D., FACS

Private Practice
Surgical Specialists of Wyoming Valley
Plains, Pennsylvania
Biography    Dr. Gerhart, is a board certified general surgeon and fellow of the American College of surgeons. In practice since 1995, he specializes in Minimally Invasive Surgery. As one of the few surgeons in the world to specialize in Adhesion Related Disorder, Dr. Gerhart helps treat patients suffering from chronic abdominal pain resulting from scar tissue from prior surgery, endometriosis, intra-abdominal infection, and other inflammatory diseases. Dr. Gerhart has helped pioneer a new form of Minimally Invasive Surgery known as Hand Assisted Laparoscopy. This allows even the largest of operations to be performed laparoscopically so that patients requiring these operations can also experience the benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Gerhart has contributed to the medical literature with publications on new techniques in surgery. He also regularly instructs other physicians in these advanced procedures as a conference or seminar speaker or in the operating room as a proctor.



Arthur I. Gilbert, M.D.

Surgeon Emeritus
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Volunteer Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Gilbert, attended Tulane University and received his Medical Degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in general surgery. In the early 1980’s, after practicing general surgery for several years, Dr. Gilbert grew increasingly interested in the problem of abdominal wall hernias and limited his practice to hernia surgery, becoming one of the first surgeons in the world devoted to the field of “Herniology”. Dr. Gilbert’s studies led him to advances in the technique of hernia repair. He designed the Prolene Hernia System, a bilayer connected device which is now being used by surgeons all over the world. Dr. Gilbert has authored numerous articles on herniology, including surgical literature, and textbooks. He has lectured at many surgical meetings and medical schools. During his career, Dr. Gilbert repaired more than 22,000 hernias. He is currently retired from the active practice of surgery, but continues to advance the teaching of Herniology by lecturing, writing articles, and moderating pod-casts on the Internet. Dr. Gilbert has been the recipient of many honors and awards during his career, including the First Distinguished Service Award from the American Hernia Society, and remains a world renowned herniologist.


 

Srinivas Kaza, M.D.  
 
General Surgeon
JFK Medical Center (an affiliate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine)
Atlantis, Florida
Biography   Dr. Kaza is a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy. He has extensive experience in laparoscopic and robotic upper gastrointestinal, bariatrics, and colorectal surgery.. He has written several publications in the field of robotics and laparoscopic surgery.  He is credited as being one of the first general surgeons in the country to perform single incision cholecystectomies robotically. He received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada. He completed his general surgery residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, and his fellowship training at the University of Texas in Dallas. Dr. Kaza is on several committees at both Palms West Hospital, Wellington Regional Medical Center and JFK Medical Center, including the Medical Executive Committee and the Credentialing Committee.

 

Keith Kim, M.D.

General/Bariatric Surgeon
Director for the Metabolic Medicine and Surgery Institute
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Orlando, Florida
Biography    Dr. Kim is a general surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery. Dr. Kim went to medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed his surgical residencies at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Kim has performed over 2,000 bariatric surgeries.

 

Eduardo Parra Davila, M.D.

Director, Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery
Director, Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Orlando, Florida
Biography    Dr. Parra-Davila has trained over 1,000 surgeons worldwide and has performed surgical procedures in numerous countries utilizing the latest techniques in hernia, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He is Board Certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery. He completed fellowships in advanced laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery at Texas Endosurgery Institute in San Antonio, and colon and rectal surgery at The University of Texas in Houston, Texas. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and his medical degree from The Universidad De Los Andes in Venezuela.

 

Rupa Seetharamaiah, M.D. 
      
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
General and Bariatric Surgeon, Baptist, South Miami, Homestead and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Seetharamaiah is a Board-Certified general surgeon specializing in weight-loss surgery. She has extensive training in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for minimally invasive and bariatric procedures. She received her medical degree from the University of Mysore in Mysore, India, and completed her residency at the University of Mississippi. She then completed a fellowship in the Advanced Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery program at Baptist Health.

 

Jerrold Young, M.D., FACS

General Surgeon
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Volunteer Associate Professor, Daughtry Family Department of Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Young attended medical school at McGill University and he completed his surgical internship and residency training at the University of Miami. He is a past president of the South Florida Chapter of the American College of surgeons, and is currently a Governor of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Young is a member of the American Hernia Society, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors for six years from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Young has lectured nationally and internationally at many meetings on topics related to hernia repair. Dr. Young has presented papers at national and international hernia. Dr. Young has several publications, including a Chapter on Hernia Repair in the most recent edition of “Mastery of Surgery”, a textbook of surgery edited by Dr. Josef Fischer.


Yassar Youssef, M.D.

Director, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
DePaul Medical Center
Norfolk, Virginiaa
Biography    Dr. Youssef completed two fellowship trainings in minimally invasive surgery at Vanderbilt University and University of Maryland. He established the first general surgery epicenter in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington D.C. He is involved in educating and teaching other surgeons on how to perform robotic surgery through case observations, proctoring, and lectures. Dr. Youssef is a member of the American Board of Surgery, American College of Surgeons, the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He has many surgical publications on robotic and other minimally invasive surgery topics.
           
 

Natan Zundel, M.D., FACS, FASMBS

Medical Director, Weight-Loss Surgery Center
Jackson North Medical Center
Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine    
Miami, Florida       
Biography   Dr. Zundel has extensive experience with Minimally Invasive and bariatric surgical procedures
Dr. Zundel serves as an active member on numerous committees and executive boards. He was currently elected Secretary/ Treasurer of the ACS South Florida Chapter. He is well published in peer-reviewed magazines and book chapters and serves on various editorial boards. He is Ad-hoc reviewer for JACS, World Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgery also. Dr Zundel has given lectures all over the world in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric topics. Also trains and proctor Surgeons, Fellows and residents for Bariatric and Minimally invasive procedures. Dr Zundel has received more than 15 awards nationally and internationally for his research.



Thoracic


Mark Dylewski, M.D. 
 
Symposium Director
Thoracic Surgeon, Baptist, Doctors, Homestead and South Miami Hospitals
Director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery, South Miami Hospital Center for Robotic Surgery
Director of General Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Surgical Oncology
Baptist Health Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Group
Miami, Florida
Biography   Dr. Dylewski is a thoracic surgeon on staff at Baptist Health South Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and completed residencies in general surgery at the University of California Medical Center (Davis) and Albany Medical College, where he also did his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Dylewski is Board-certified in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery and has a clinical interest in hiatal hernias.



Abbas Abbas, M.D, M.S, FACS

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Foregut Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Biography    Dr. Abbas specializes in minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery, including robotic lobectomy for lung cancer and totally endoscopic robotic esophagectomy – a procedure that is provided at only a few select hospitals nationwide. Other areas of specialization include endoscopic procedures for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal and bronchial stents, laser endoscopy, and cryoendoscopy. His research interests include outcome-based research in robotic surgery, gene therapy for esophageal and lung cancer, and transplant immunology.

 

John DeRosimo, M.D.

Thoracic Surgeon 
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. DeRosimo specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery, for lung cancer, mesothelioma and benign esophageal diseases. He attended Johns Hopkins University and received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed residencies in general surgery at Albany Medical Center and cardiothoracic surgery at Case-Western Reserve University, as well as an advanced fellowship in thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

 

Sudish Murthy, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FCCP

Section Head, General Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Director of Major Airway Disease
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio
Biography    Dr. Murthy’s specialty interests include esophageal surgery, minimally invasive surgery such as broncoscopic, laparoscopic, and thoroscopic; general thoracic surgery and lung transplantation.  His research interests are currently focused on understanding tumor biology of thoracic malignancies, endobronchial radioactive stent implantation for malignant airway compromise, and pulmonary metastases of renal cell cancer. He has authored or co-authored a number of chapters in medical textbooks on his specialty interests and has published widely in leading medical journals on topics related to his clinical experience and research work.

 

Allan Pickens, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery/General Thoracic Surgery
Director, Thoracic Oncology and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Emory University Hospital Midtown, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Atlanta, Georgia
Biography    Dr. Pickens was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his undergraduate degree in microbiology.  He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Alabama and his thoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan. Subsequently he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive pulmonary resection at Cedar-Sinai Hospital. He was on faculty at the University of Michigan until he was recruited to Emory. Dr. Pickens specializes in general thoracic surgery including:  minimally invasive pulmonary resections, lung transplantation, esophageal surgery and other surgical diseases of the chest. Dr. Pickens’ research interests include clinical outcome studies and translational research.



Eric Toloza, M.D.

Thoracic Oncologist
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute for Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor, Surgery and Oncologic Sciences
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida
Biography    Dr. Toloza is involved in several lung cancer clinical research programs and has authored or co-authored numerous medical journal articles, book chapters, and books.  He is involved in the evaluation and aggressive combined-modality treatment of all stages of lung cancer and mesothelioma, as well as in the evaluation and treatment of mediastinal and chest wall masses and also pulmonary metastases from a variety of primary extrathoracic malignancies. He is one of a few thoracic surgeons worldwide who is certified to perform robotic-assisted thoracic surgery for primary lung cancer, pulmonary metastases and mediastinal masses.



 

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