SMH Welcomes Thoracic Surgeon to its Cancer Team

SMH Welcomes Thoracic Surgeon to its Cancer Team

Monday, January 22, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. – (Jan. 22, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recently welcomed Dr. Paul Chomiak, MD, to its surgical oncology team. 

A board-certified and fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon, Dr. Chomiak joined Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group network as Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology earlier this month.  

With more than 20 years' experience providing specialized treatment to patients with lung cancer and thoracic disease, Dr. Chomiak’s expertise includes robot-assisted surgery and minimally-invasive techniques for malignant and benign cancers and disorders of the lungs and chest, as well as interventional bronchoscopy — electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and endobronchial laser ablation — for improved diagnostic and surgical techniques. 

Dr. Chomiak is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His practice focus and research interests revolve around advanced and minimally invasive thoracic surgical techniques and innovations in the screening, diagnosis, staging and multimodality approach to treating lung cancer. He has published and presented extensively on the minimally invasive tools and technology used in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and other diseases of the chest; he also has published textbook chapters and taught physician courses on multiple topics, including Cyberknife and thoracic stereotactic body radiotherapy. 

Prior to relocating to Sarasota, Dr. Chomiak practiced for three years at Sacred Heart Healthcare System in Pensacola, Fla., where he served as medical director of its Lung Nodule Screening Program and on its cancer and robotic steering committees. In April 2017, he was the first thoracic surgeon in Florida to earn certification as a participating physician in the MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that provides members access to leading-edge technologies, patient treatment protocols, education, research and multidisciplinary approach to patient care.  

Previously, he spent 20 years in private practice, caring for cancer and thoracic surgery patients at a number of hospitals and health systems, including St. Lukes Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI; Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, WI; Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD; and Frederick Memorial Hospital, in Frederick, MD, where he spent 10 years in practice and leadership positions, including chairman of the health system’s cancer committee, medical director of its multidisciplinary lung cancer clinic, and co-director of its pulmonary rehabilitation program. 

Dr. Chomiak received his medical degree from the Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, in Maywood, IL, in 1989. He completed a general surgery residency in 1994 at Loyola University Medical Center, and a thoracic and cardiovascular surgical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI, in 1996. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons, a Fellow of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and member of the CyberKnife Society, CyberKnife Coalition and Radiosurgery Society. 

Dr. Chomiak’s experience and skills add to those of First Physicians Group Cardiothoracic Surgeon Paul Vesco, MD. Both surgeons provide surgical care for thoracic and lung cancer patients through the First Physicians Group practice at 1540 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 303. For information or appointments, please call (941) 917-8791 or visit

About Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group 

First Physicians Group is a network of primary and specialty care physicians employed by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System to help fill the gaps caused by a shortage of primary care physicians in the region. Backed by the tradition and strength of Sarasota Memorial, the group of more than 170 primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice providers have been carefully selected and recruited to provide the community with compassionate and comprehensive medical care. Specialties include: Cardiovascular, Orthopedic Trauma and General Surgery; Internal Medicine and Family Practice; Pediatrics; Perinatology and Obstetrics/ Gynecology; Gynecological Oncology and Gastrointestinal Oncology; Dermatology; Palliative Care; and Pain Management.