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Eric Toloza, MD, PhD


Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Program: Thoracic Oncology

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Overview

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 gene 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, and 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 multidisciplinary 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 Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. 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 extrathoracic primary 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. Dr. Toloza is also certified to perform navigational bronchoscopy in order to diagnose lung nodules minimally invasively and lung cancers at early stages.

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Thoracic Surgery

Fellowship:

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

Residency:

  • Texas Heart Institute - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School:

  • UCLA School of Medicine - MD
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Publications

  • Kass KS, Velez-Cubian FO, Zhang WW, Toosi K, Tanvetyanon T, Rodriguez KL, Thau MR, Garrett JR, Moodie CC, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Effect of advanced age on peri-operative outcomes after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy: Retrospective analysis of 287 consecutive cases. Geriatr Oncol. 2017 Mar;8(2):102-107. Pubmedid: 28041970.
  • Shenoy R, Nanjappa S, Toloza E, Greene J. Infections Leading to Broncholithiasis: A Case Report and Review of All Causes. Infect Dis Clin Prac. 2017 Jan;25(1):5-8.
  • Montané B, Toosi K, Velez-Cubian FO, Echavarria MF, Thau MR, Patel RA, Rodriguez K, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Effect of Obesity on Perioperative Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Pulmonary Lobectomy. Surg Innov. 2017 Apr;24(2):122-132. Pubmedid: 28128014.
  • Khandhar SJ, Bowling MR, Flandes J, Gildea TR, Hood KL, Krimsky WS, Minnich DJ, Murgu SD, Pritchett M, Toloza EM, Wahidi MM, Wolvers JJ, Folch EE. Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy to access lung lesions in 1,000 subjects: first results of the prospective, multicenter NAVIGATE study. BMC Pulm Med. 2017 Apr;17(1):59. Pubmedid: 28399830. Pmcid: PMC5387322.
  • Garcia-Henriquez N, Toloza EM, Khalil F, Echavarria MF, Garrett JR, Moodie CC, Kaszuba FJ, Fontaine JP. Extensive plastic bronchitis: etiology of a rare condition. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Sep;8(9):E961-E965. Pubmedid: 27747036. Pmcid: PMC5059329.
  • Velez-Cubian FO, Rodriguez KL, Thau MR, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Efficacy of lymph node dissection during robotic-assisted lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer: retrospective review of 159 consecutive cases. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Sep;8(9):2454-2463. Pubmedid: 27746997. Pmcid: PMC5059267.
  • Nguyen DT, Fontaine JP, Robinson LA, Keenan RJ, Toloza EM. P1.22: Temporal Survival Improvement for Stage-II (T3N0M0) Lung Adenocarcinoma After Pulmonary Lobectomy: Track: Early Stage NSCLC (Stage I - III). J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Oct;11(10S):S195. Pubmedid: 27676508.
  • Echavarria MF, Cheng A, Velez F, Ng E, Toloza E, Moodie C, Garrett J, Fontaine JP. P1.16: Comparison of Peri-Operative Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Lobectomies Versus Segmentectomies: Track: Early Stage NSCLC (Stage I - III). J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Oct;11(10S):S190-S191. Pubmedid: 27676502.
  • Echavarria MF, Cheng A, Velez F, Ng E, Toloza E, Fontaine JP, Moodie C, Garrett J. P1.15: Comparison of Pulmonary Function After Robotic-Assisted Video-Thoracoscopic Lobectomies vs Segmentectomies: Track: Early Stage NSCLC (Stage I - III). J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Oct;11(10S):S189-S190. Pubmedid: 27676501.
  • Nguyen DT, Fontaine JP, Robinson LA, Keenan RJ, Toloza EM. P1.17: Improved Survival for Stage-2 (N1) Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma After Pulmonary Lobectomy: Track: Early Stage NSCLC (Stage I - III). J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Oct;11(10S):S191-S192. Pubmedid: 27676503.
  • Nanjappa S, DeClue C, Gajanan G, Pabbathi S, Toloza E, Greene J. Pneumonectomy Complicated by Bronchopleural Fistula and Empyema: A Case Report and Review of Literature. Infect Dis Clin Prac. 2016 Mar;24(2):79-82.
  • Robinson LA, Tanvetyanon T, Springett G, Fontaine J, Toloza E, Hodul P, Pimiento JM, Malafa M. Pulmonary metastasectomy for suspected pancreaticobiliary cancer. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Jul;152(1):75-82. Pubmedid: 27050555.
  • Cohen AS, Patek R, Enkemann SA, Johnson JO, Chen T, Toloza E, Vagner J, Morse DL. Delta-Opioid Receptor (δOR) Targeted Near-Infrared Fluorescent Agent for Imaging of Lung Cancer: Synthesis and Evaluation In Vitro and In Vivo. Bioconjug Chem. 2016 Feb;27(2):427-438. Pubmedid: 26488422. Pmcid: PMC5524213.
  • Park BJ, Snider JM, Bates NR, Cassivi SD, Jett GK, Sonett JR, Toloza EM. Prospective evaluation of biodegradable polymeric sealant for intraoperative air leaks. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Dec;11(1):168. Pubmedid: 27955681. Pmcid: PMC5154021.
  • Echavarria MF, Cheng AM, Velez-Cubian FO, Ng EP, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP, Robinson LA, Toloza EM. Comparison of pulmonary function tests and perioperative outcomes after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy vs segmentectomy. Am J Surg. 2016 Dec;212(6):1175-1182. Pubmedid: 27823756.
  • Glover JR, Velez-Cubian FO, Zhang WW, Toosi K, Tanvetyanon T, Ng EP, Moodie CC, Garrett JR, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Effect of gender on perioperative outcomes after robotic-assisted pulmonary lobectomy. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Dec;8(12):3614-3624. Pubmedid: 28149556. Pmcid: PMC5227215.
  • Folch EE, Bowling MR, Gildea TR, Hood KL, Murgu SD, Toloza EM, Wahidi MM, Williams T, Khandhar SJ. Design of a prospective, multicenter, global, cohort study of electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. BMC Pulm Med. 2016 Apr;16(1):60. Pubmedid: 27113209. Pmcid: PMC4845335.
  • Straughan DM, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Robotic-Assisted Videothoracoscopic Mediastinal Surgery. Cancer Control. 2015 Jul;22(3):326-330. Pubmedid: 26351888.
  • Straughan DM, Azoury SC, Bennett RD, Pimiento JM, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Robotic-Assisted Esophageal Surgery. Cancer Control. 2015 Jul;22(3):335-339. Pubmedid: 26351890.
  • Toloza EM, Pow-Sang JM. Applications and Advances in Robotic-Assisted Oncological Surgery: Ready to Dock the 'Bot. Cancer Control. 2015 Jul;22(3):278-279. Pubmedid: 26351882.
  • Velez-Cubian FO, Ng EP, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Robotic-Assisted Videothoracoscopic Surgery of the Lung. Cancer Control. 2015 Jul;22(3):314-325. Pubmedid: 26351887.
  • 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: 24638364.
  • 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: 24638364.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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: 24638364.
  • 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.
  • 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 Ne. 2012 Aug;10(8):975-982. Pubmedid: 22878823. Pmcid: PMC5630261.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Nov;39(5):584-590. Pubmedid: 18539952. Pmcid: PMC2574529.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toloza EM. Previous tumour as a predictor of risk of developing lung cancer. Thorax. 2007 May;62(5):373-374. Pubmedid: 17468450. Pmcid: PMC2117200.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toloza EM. Gene therapy for lung cancer. Thorac Surg Clin. 2006 Nov;16(4):397-419, vii. Pubmedid: 17240826.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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, 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 nutrient transporters in bullfrog intestine. Am J Physiol. 1990 May;258(5 Pt 1):G760-G769. Pubmedid: 2334001.
  • 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.
  • 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.