Eric Toloza, MD, PhD

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Eric Toloza, MD, PhD

Thoracic Surgery


          •  Thoracic Surgery

          •  University of Texas MD Anderson Center - Thoracic Surgical Oncology
          •  UCLA School of Medicine - Surgical Oncology
          •  UCLA School of Medicine - Medical Scientist Fellow Program

          •  Texas Heart Institute - Cardiothoracic Surgery
          •  University of California, Irvine Medical Center - General Surgery

          •  UCLA School of Medicine - MD

  • Toloza E, Cheng A, Moodie C, Prowler V, Garrett J. Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Completion Right Pneumonectomy for Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer After Prior Right Lower Lobectomy: A Case Report. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):37A. Pubmedid: 24638536.

  • Velez-Cubian F, Zhang WW, Rodriguez K, Thau M, Moodie C, Garrett J, Fontaine JP, Robinson L, Toloza E. Efficacy of Lymph Node Dissection During Robotic-Assisted Pulmonary Lobectomy for Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Retrospective Analysis of 159 Consecutive Cases. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):56A. Pubmedid: 24638719.

  • Rodriguez K, Velez-Cubian F, Zhang WW, Tanvetyanon T, Thau M, Moodie C, Garrett J, Fontaine JP, Robinson L, Toloza E. Effects of pulmonary function and of smoking history on perioperative outcomes after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy: retrospective analysis of 201 consecutive patients. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):48A. Pubmedid: 24638644.

  • Velez-Cubian F, Gabordi R, Smith P, Dickinson S, Moodie C, Garrett J, Toloza E. Delayed Presentation of Breast Cancer Metastatic to Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Lung With Synchronous Contralateral Primary Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: A Case Report. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):295A. Pubmedid: 24638457.

  • Toloza E, Sobky C, Pimiento J, Garrett J, Pappas-Politis E, Deneve J, Kim D, Plank D, Smith P, Gonzalez R. Multilevel Costovertebral Reconstruction With the Synthes MatrixRIB Fixation System and Vicryl Mesh After Radical Chest Wall Resection for Sarcoma: A Case Report. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):34A. Pubmedid: 24638509.

  • Toloza E, Sobky C, Cheng A, Chai C, Smithson I, Brown L, Moodie C, Garrett J, Parsons C, Hodul P, Malafa M. Robotic-assisted video-thoracoscopic closure of pancreatico-pleural fistula: a case report. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):36A. Pubmedid: 24638527.

  • Toloza E, Bendure L, Sobky C, Garrett J, Vohra N, Han D, Kim D, Meredith K. Concurrent robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy and robotic-assisted ivor-lewis esophagectomy for synchronous primary lung and esophageal cancers: a case report. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):38A. Pubmedid: 24638547.

  • Toloza E, Cheng A, Coppola D, Shan Y, Moodie C, Garrett J, Krblich D, Tran N, Altiok S, Smith P. Metastatic Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Masquerading as Metastatic Renal Cell Cancer: A Case Report. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):317A. Pubmedid: 24638479.

  • Toloza E, Rodriguez K, Sobky C, Brown L, Garrett J, Chai C, Moodie C, Bhati R, Mosiello G, Zager J. Interclavicular stabilization with the synthes sternal fixation system after radical manubriectomy: report of 3 cases. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):35A. Pubmedid: 24638519.

  • Harris CL, Toloza EM, Klapman JB, Vignesh S, Rodriguez K, Kaszuba FJ. Minimally invasive mediastinal staging of non-small-cell lung cancer: emphasis on ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration. Cancer Control. 2014 Jan;21(1):15-20. Pubmedid: 24357737.

  • Toloza EM. Thoracic inspirations: advances in the diagnosis, staging, and treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer. Cancer Control. 2014 Jan;21(1):4-5. Pubmedid: 24357735.

  • Demmy TL, Gu L, Burkhalter JE, Toloza EM, D'Amico TA, Sutherland S, Wang X, Archer L, Veit LJ, Kohman L. Optimal Management of Malignant Pleural Effusions (Results of CALGB 30102). J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Aug;10(8):975-982. Pubmedid: 22878823.

  • Walsh MD, Bruno AD, Onaitis MW, Erdmann D, Wolfe WG, Toloza EM, Levin LS. The role of intrathoracic free flaps for chronic empyema. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Mar;91(3):865-868. Pubmedid: 21353016.

  • Burfeind WR, Jaik NP, Villamizar N, Toloza EM, Harpole DH, D'Amico TA. A cost-minimisation analysis of lobectomy: thoracoscopic versus posterolateral thoracotomy. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2010 Apr;37(4):827-832. Pubmedid: 19939695.

  • Tong BC, Hanna J, Toloza EM, Onaitis MW, D'Amico TA, Harpole DH, Burfeind WR. Outcomes of video-assisted thoracoscopic decortication. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Jan;89(1):220-225. Pubmedid: 20103240.

  • Villamizar NR, Darrabie MD, Burfeind WR, Petersen RP, Onaitis MW, Toloza E, Harpole DH, D'Amico TA. Thoracoscopic lobectomy is associated with lower morbidity compared with thoracotomy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Aug;138(2):419-425. Pubmedid: 19619789.

  • Brass DM, Hollingsworth JW, Cinque M, Li Z, Potts E, Toloza E, Foster WM, Schwartz DA. Chronic LPS inhalation causes emphysema-like changes in mouse lung that are associated with apoptosis. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2008 Oct;39(5):584-590. Pubmedid: 18539952. Pmcid: PMC2574529.

  • Burfeind WR, Tong BC, O'Branski E, Herndon JE, Toloza EM, D'Amico TA, Harpole LH, Harpole DH. Quality of life outcomes are equivalent after lobectomy in the elderly. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Sep;136(3):597-604. Pubmedid: 18805257.

  • Atkins BZ, Harpole DH, Mangum JH, Toloza EM, D'Amico TA, Burfeind WR. Pulmonary segmentectomy by thoracotomy or thoracoscopy: reduced hospital length of stay with a minimally-invasive approach. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Oct;84(4):1107-1112. Pubmedid: 17888955.

  • Silvestri GA, Gould MK, Margolis ML, Tanoue LT, McCrory D, Toloza E, Detterbeck F. Noninvasive staging of non-small cell lung cancer: ACCP evidenced-based clinical practice guidelines (2nd edition). Chest. 2007 Sep;132(3 Suppl):178S-201S. Pubmedid: 17873168.

  • Toloza EM. Previous tumour as a predictor of risk of developing lung cancer. Thorax. 2007 May;62(5):373-374. Pubmedid: 17468450. Pmcid: PMC2117200.

  • Toloza EM. Gene therapy for lung cancer. Thorac Surg Clin. 2006 Nov;16(4):397-419, vii. Pubmedid: 17240826.

  • Lemaire A, Nikolic I, Petersen T, Haney JC, Toloza EM, Harpole DH, D'Amico TA, Burfeind WR. Nine-year single center experience with cervical mediastinoscopy: complications and false negative rate. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Oct;82(4):1185-1189. Pubmedid: 16996905.

  • Riedel RF, Wang X, McCormack M, Toloza E, Montana GS, Schreiber G, Kelley MJ. Impact of a multidisciplinary thoracic oncology clinic on the timeliness of care. J Thorac Oncol. 2006 Sep;1(7):692-696. Pubmedid: 17409938.

  • Toloza EM, Morse MA, Lyerly HK. Gene therapy for lung cancer. J Cell Biochem. 2006 Sep;99(1):1-22. Pubmedid: 16767697.

  • Onaitis MW, Petersen RP, Balderson SS, Toloza E, Burfeind WR, Harpole DH, D'Amico TA. Thoracoscopic lobectomy is a safe and versatile procedure: experience with 500 consecutive patients. Ann Surg. 2006 Sep;244(3):420-425. Pubmedid: 16926568. Pmcid: PMC1856541.

  • Petersen RP, Pham D, Toloza EM, Burfeind WR, Harpole DH, Hanish SI, D'Amico TA. Thoracoscopic lobectomy: a safe and effective strategy for patients receiving induction therapy for non-small cell lung cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Jul;82(1):214-218. Pubmedid: 16798217.

  • Burfeind WR, D'Amico TA, Toloza EM, Wolfe WG, Harpole DH. Low morbidity and mortality for bronchoplastic procedures with and without induction therapy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Aug;80(2):418-421. Pubmedid: 16039176.

  • Lemaire A, Burfeind WR, Toloza E, Balderson S, Petersen RP, Harpole DH, D'Amico TA. Outcomes of tracheobronchial stents in patients with malignant airway disease. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Aug;80(2):434-437. Pubmedid: 16039180.

  • Toloza EM. Gene therapy for lung cancer. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2005;17(3):205-212. Pubmedid: 16253824.

  • Thompson RB, Parsa CJ, van den Bos EJ, Davis BH, Toloza EM, Klem I, Glower DD, Taylor DA. Video-assisted thoracoscopic transplantation of myoblasts into the heart. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Jul;78(1):303-307. Pubmedid: 15223449.

  • Volmar KE, Sporn TA, Toloza EM, Martinez S, Dodd LG, Xie HB. Giant cell tumor of rib masquerading as thymoma: a diagnostic pitfall in needle core biopsy of the mediastinum. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2004 Apr;128(4):452-455. Pubmedid: 15043459.

  • Toloza EM, Harpole L, Detterbeck F, McCrory DC. Invasive staging of non-small cell lung cancer: a review of the current evidence. Chest. 2003 Jan;123(1 Suppl):157S-166S. Pubmedid: 12527575.

  • Harpole LH, Kelley MJ, Schreiber G, Toloza EM, Kolimaga J, McCrory DC. Assessment of the scope and quality of clinical practice guidelines in lung cancer. Chest. 2003 Jan;123(1 Suppl):7S-20S. Pubmedid: 12527562.

  • Toloza EM, Harpole L, McCrory DC. Noninvasive staging of non-small cell lung cancer: a review of the current evidence. Chest. 2003 Jan;123(1 Suppl):137S-146S. Pubmedid: 12527573.

  • Toloza EM, Hunt K, Miller AR, McBride W, Lau R, Swisher S, Rhoades K, Arthur J, Choi J, Chen L, Chang P, Chen A, Glaspy J, Economou JS. Transduction of murine and human tumors using recombinant adenovirus vectors. Ann Surg Oncol. 1997 Jan;4(1):70-79. Pubmedid: 8985520.

  • Economou JS, Belldegrun AS, Glaspy J, Toloza EM, Figlin R, Hobbs J, Meldon N, Kaboo R, Tso CL, Miller A, Lau R, McBride W, Moen RC. In vivo trafficking of adoptively transferred interleukin-2 expanded tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and peripheral blood lymphocytes. Results of a double gene marking trial. J Clin Invest. 1996 Jan;97(2):515-521. Pubmedid: 8567975. Pmcid: PMC507045.

  • Toloza EM, Hunt K, Swisher S, McBride W, Lau R, Pang S, Rhoades K, Drake T, Belldegrun A, Glaspy J, Economou JS. In vivo cancer gene therapy with a recombinant interleukin-2 adenovirus vector. Cancer Gene Ther. 1996 Jan-Feb;3(1):11-17. Pubmedid: 8785705.

  • Toloza EM, Diamond J. Ontogenetic development of nutrient transporters in rat intestine. Am J Physiol. 1992 Nov;263(5 Pt 1):G593-G604. Pubmedid: 1443134.

  • Toloza EM, Lam M, Diamond J. Nutrient extraction by cold-exposed mice: a test of digestive safety margins. Am J Physiol. 1991 Oct;261(4 Pt 1):G608-G620. Pubmedid: 1928348.

  • Coady MJ, Pajor AM, Toloza EM, Wright EM. Expression of mammalian renal transporters in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Arch Biochem Biophys. 1990 Nov;283(1):130-134. Pubmedid: 2241165.

  • Toloza EM, Diamond JM. Ontogenetic development of transporter regulation in bullfrog intestine. Am J Physiol. 1990 May;258(5 Pt 1):G770-G773. Pubmedid: 2334002.

  • Toloza EM, Diamond JM. Ontogenetic development of nutrient transporters in bullfrog intestine. Am J Physiol. 1990 May;258(5 Pt 1):G760-G769. Pubmedid: 2334001.

  • Chang A, Toloza E, Bulinski JC. Changes in the expression of beta and gamma actins during differentiation of PC12 cells. J Neurochem. 1986 Dec;47(6):1885-1892. Pubmedid: 3021908.

Dr. Toloza, born in the Philippines and raised in southern California, received his undergraduate degree in 1984 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  He also received both his medical degree and a Ph.D. from UCLA.  In 1991, he completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, during which time he also completed a Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship at UCLA, where he performed gen therapy research for melanoma and sarcoma.  He completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery residency in 2000 at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, TX, where he also completed a concurrent Thoracic Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

A Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Toloza began his practice in 2000 as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, where he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery.  In 2010, Dr. Toloza came to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, where he practices full-time as a Thoracic Oncologist and is an Associate Member in the multi-disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program.  He also has a concurrent appointment as Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Professor of Oncologic Sciences in the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa.

Dr. Toloza is involve 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 also one of only 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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