Dr. Gharagozloo is a board-certified Thoracic Surgeon who employs the most advanced surgical capabilities and robot-assisted technology to help patients with cardiothoracic, esophageal, gastrointestinal and lung cancers. The current Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, he earned designation as one of America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer in 2014, putting him at the top 1 percent of all cancer care physicians in the United States. He was also the first Thoracic surgeon to be named a “Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery” by the Surgical Review Corporation, a national accrediting body for Centers of Excellence and the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association in 2015, and has the distinction of having performed many of the World’s first Robot-assisted Thoracic Surgical Procedures such as Robot assisted Lobectomy for Lung Cancer in 2003, Robotic Selective Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis in 2007, Robotic Gastroesiophgeal Vavuloplasty for GERD in 2010, Robotic transthoracic first rib resection for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and Robotic Surgery for Pleural Mesothelioma in 2013.
Prior to joining our world-class medical team, Dr. Gharagozloo served as Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Surgery and Robotic Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center. His work in Arizona was preceded by his service as Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Washington Institute of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and tenure as a Clinical Professor of Surgery /Chief of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Gharagozloo’s impeccable academic credentials include his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., back-to-back surgical residencies at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and a fellowship in cardiac surgery research at Harvard Medical School – Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
A recognized authority on minimally invasive techniques for performing cancer surgery, Dr. Gharagozloo’s multiple clinical and research interests include robotic thoracic surgery and surgical interventions for advanced thoracic cancers. He is actively engaged in a number of professional associations, including as a diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a board member of the Society of Robotic Surgery, member of the executive committee of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association, and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Southern Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
- Advanced Thoracic Malignancies
- Benign and Malignant Esophageal Disorders
- Esophageal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Lung Disease
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Robotic-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
- Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
- Minimally Invasive Treatments for Early Stage Lung Cancer
- Robotic Surgery for GERD and Hiatal Hernias
- Robotic Surgery for Achalasia
- Robotic Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome,
- Robotic Surgery for Hyperhidrosis
Awards and Honors
- Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery – Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (2015)
- America’s Top Doctors® (2004-2008, 2010-2015), Castle Connelly/U.S. News & World Report
- America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer (2005-2007, 2009-2012, 2014-2015)
- “Top Doc” for Thoracic Surgery, Washingtonian Magazine (2010)
- Resident Teacher of the Year, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
- Clagett Travel Award, Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic
- Robotic-Assisted Lobectomy for Early Stage Lung Cancer
- Novel Thorascopic Approach to Difficult Posterior Mediastinal Tumors
- Subpleural Infusion of Local Anesthetic for Pain Control After Thoracic Surgery
- Thoracoscopic Applications for Robotic Surgery
- Fluoroscopic Management of a Metastatic Esophagopleural Fistula
- More than 200 Papers Published
- Senior Editor, Textbook of Robotic Surgery