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Jacques-Pierre Fontaine, MD

Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
Program: Thoracic Oncology

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Cancer Types Treated: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Pancoast Tumor, Thymoma

Dr. Fontaine received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal and completed his general surgery residency at Boston University. In 2006, he graduated as chief resident in thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital – Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fontaine began his thoracic surgery practice at the University of Montreal but was then recruited to become a part of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI. He was in charge of developing a thoracic surgery program at one of Brown University's teaching hospitals. In 2011, Dr. Fontaine joined Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, one of the top three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume. He is an Associate Member of the Departments of Thoracic and GI Oncology as well as an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. Fontaine has a keen interest in mesothelioma, lung and esophageal cancers. He is the Section Head of the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center. He has developed an expertise in robotic surgery and is the Program Director for Moffitt’s Robotic Thoracic Fellowship Program. 

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery


  • Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Thoracic Surgery


  • University of Montreal - General Surgery PGY 1-2
  • Boston University - General Surgery PGY 2-5
  • University of Massachusetts - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School:

  • McGill University - MD
Participating Trials

A Phase 2 Study of Transarterial Chemoperfusion Treatment with Cisplatin, Methotrexate and Gemcitabine in Patients with Unresectable Pleural Mesothelioma
Intervention: Gemzar (gemcitabine); cisplatin; gemcitabine; methotrexate

If you believe you are eligible for one of these trials or studies, please call
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  • Blackham AU, H Naqvi SM, Schell MJ, Jin W, Gangi A, Almhanna K, Fontaine JP, Hoffe SE, Frakes J, Venkat P, Pimiento JM. Recurrence patterns and associated factors of locoregional failure following neoadjuvant chemoradiation and surgery for esophageal cancer. J Surg Oncol. 2018 Feb;117(2):150-159. Pubmedid: 28833197.
  • Veronesi G, Park B, Cerfolio R, Dylewski M, Toker A, Fontaine JP, Hanna WC, Morenghi E, Novellis P, Velez-Cubian FO, Amaral MH, Dieci E, Alloisio M, Toloza EM. Robotic resection of Stage III lung cancer: an international retrospective study. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2018 Apr. Pubmedid: 29718155.
  • Saeed NA, Mellon EA, Meredith KL, Hoffe SE, Shridhar R, Frakes J, Fontaine JP, Pimiento JM, Kothari N, Almhanna K. Adjuvant chemotherapy and outcomes in esophageal carcinoma. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2017 Oct;8(5):816-824. Pubmedid: 29184685. Pmcid: PMC5674263.
  • Murimwa GZ, Venkat PS, Jin W, Leuthold S, Latifi K, Almhanna K, Pimiento JM, Fontaine JP, Hoffe SE, Frakes JM. Impact of sarcopenia on outcomes of locally advanced esophageal cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by surgery. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2017 Oct;8(5):808-815. Pubmedid: 29184684. Pmcid: PMC5674260.
  • 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.
  • Luu C, Amaral M, Klapman J, Harris C, Almhanna K, Hoffe S, Frakes J, Pimiento JM, Fontaine JP. Endoscopic ultrasound staging for early esophageal cancer: Are we denying patients neoadjuvant chemo-radiation?. World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Dec;23(46):8193-8199. Pubmedid: 29290655. Pmcid: PMC5739925.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blackham AU, Yue B, Almhanna K, Saeed N, Fontaine JP, Hoffe S, Shridhar R, Frakes J, Coppola D, Pimiento JM. The prognostic value of residual nodal disease following neoadjuvant chemoradiation for esophageal cancer in patients with complete primary tumor response. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Nov;112(6):597-602. Pubmedid: 26394724.
  • Straughan DM, Fontaine JP, Toloza EM. Robotic-Assisted Videothoracoscopic Mediastinal Surgery. Cancer Control. 2015 Jul;22(3):326-330. Pubmedid: 26351888.
  • 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.
  • Dossett LA, Toloza EM, Fontaine J, Robinson LA, Reed D, Druta M, Letson DG, Zager JS, Gonzalez RJ. Outcomes and clinical predictors of improved survival in a patients undergoing pulmonary metastasectomy for sarcoma. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul;112(1):103-106. Pubmedid: 26179670.
  • 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.
  • Willson T, Sambo T, Fontaine JP, Connolly M, Podbielski F. Primary pulmonary T-cell lymphoma presenting as bilateral interstitial infiltrates. Chest. 2014 Mar;145(3 Suppl):315A. Pubmedid: 24638477.
  • 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, 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.
  • Maguire K, Leung C, Kodali V, Taylor B, Fontaine JP, Rojas CA, Guglin M. Heart Failure due to Tension Hydrothorax after Left Pneumonectomy. Heart Surg Forum. 2013 Dec;16(6):E319-E323. Pubmedid: 24370800.
  • Ahmed S, Fontaine JP, Ng T. Pancreatic herniation after transhiatal esophagectomy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Jan;89(1):308-309. Pubmedid: 20103270.
  • Ng T, Birnbaum AE, Fontaine JP, Berz D, Safran HP, Dipetrillo TA. Pneumonectomy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation for advanced-stage lung cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010 Feb;17(2):476-482. Pubmedid: 19915918.
  • Paul S, Raja S, Su S, Fontaine JP, Zellos L, Sugarbaker DJ. Unusual case of hemoptysis 13 years after bilobectomy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Mar;83(3):1188-1190. Pubmedid: 17307493.
  • Podbielski FJ, Rodriguez HE, Zhu RY, Worley TA, Fontaine JP, Connolly MM. Aortoesophageal fistula secondary to reflux esophagitis. Dig Surg. 2007;24(1):66-67. Pubmedid: 17369684.
  • Fontaine JP, Issa RA, Yantiss RK, Podbielski FJ. Intrathoracic gallstones: a case report and literature review. JSLS. 2006 Jul-Sep;10(3):375-378. Pubmedid: 17212899.
  • Hedeshian MH, Wang X, Xu B, Fontaine JP, Podbielski FJ. Subcutaneous metastasis from esophageal cancer. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2006 Dec;14(6):520-521. Pubmedid: 17130332.
  • Podbielski FJ, Issa RA, Fontaine JP, Rodriguez HE. Thoracoscopic transillumination in chest wall resection. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2004 Jun;12(2):171-172. Pubmedid: 15213089.
  • Issa RA, Podbielski FJ, Fontaine JP, Connolly AE, Walsh WV, Fraire AE. Esophagectomy in a patient with AIDS. Dis Esophagus. 2004;17(3):270-272. Pubmedid: 15361104.