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Thoracic Surgery Program

Thoracic Surgery Program

Thoracic Surgery Program

The Thoracic Surgery Program at Florida Hospital Celebration Health introduces a new surgical expertise, along with an internationally recognized surgeon at the forefront of advanced robotic thoracic surgery and positive patient outcomes.

The revolutionary program is led by Farid Gharagozloo, MD, FACS, board-certified and fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive approaches to thoracic, esophageal, gastrointestinal, and lung diseases. Dr. Gharagozloo brings vast thoracic surgical experience and a dedication to continued research for the benefit of both patients and physicians from around the world.  As a published expert in advanced robotic-assisted surgery, he has pioneered the use of minimally invasive techniques for many thoracic disorders. The surgical team collaborates with multidisciplinary experts in the field related to lung, chest and esophageal disorders. And under Dr. Gharagozloo’s direction, the team provides minimally invasive surgical approaches, ongoing studies and lasting solutions, specializing in the following:

Lung Disorders

  • Lung Cancer
  • Minimally invasive treatment for Early Stage Lung Cancer 
  • Experienced Surgical Treatment for Advanced Lung Cancer
  • Multimodality treatment for Advanced Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Robotic Surgery for Thymoma

Chest Disorders

Esophageal Disorders


Game-Changing Surgery

Minimally invasive procedures using medical robotic tools help the surgeon operate with more precision and efficiency. Thanks to the assistance of the revolutionary robotic technology, positive patient outcomes are dramatically increased, while blood loss, pain, hospital stay and risk of infection or death are drastically decreased. In most cases the use of the robot allows the surgeon to access afflicted areas with minimal incisions and increased visibility for greater success. Robotic-assisted surgery in thoracic and esophageal conditions enables precise surgery which translates into better outcomes in terms of immediate operative survival, cancer control, and long term survival. 

Experienced Team

Experience matters greatly when it comes to minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery. It is one of the main factors to achieving the many positive outcomes that can result when using this procedure. Dr. Gharagozloo is recognized as one of the pioneers and leading experts in the world of robotic-assisted surgery of the lung, esophagus and chest. He has performed over 1,000 robotic-assisted surgeries and has published almost 200 peer-reviewed articles.  He is also the senior editor of the Textbook of Robotic Surgery.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Dr. Gharagozloo’s team uses a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose, treat and care for thoracic patients. They work in close partnership with experts in pulmonology, gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and other medical specialists. These include the nationally recognized Florida Hospital Cancer Institute and others to determine the best course of action for your needs.

Support of a World-Class Health Care System

The mission of Florida Hospital Celebration Health is to provide a nurturing, healing environment that emphasizes the whole person—mind, body and spirit. The entire, state-of-the-art campus and treatment programs are designed around these core principles. And, we are fully committed to providing the education and support programs you need to make informed decisions about your care.

It’s important to remember that thoracic diseases can vary widely. Early diagnosis and treatment in a supportive environment is the key to achieving the best possible outcomes. It’s comforting to know that when surgery becomes your best option, our Thoracic Surgery Program has some of the most advanced experts in their fields.