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Thoracic SurgeryThoracic Surgery Services

Sarasota Memorial’s Thoracic Surgery team treats noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) disorders of the chest cavity area, including the trachea, lungs, esophagus, mediastinum (area between lungs where heart is located), diaphragm and chest wall (rib cage). 

Conditions that affect the body’s thoracic region can be very complex, and often require multi-disciplinary care from a team of specialists. Our thoracic surgeons work with care teams across the health system to provide exceptional treatment, minimally invasive interventions and leading-edge surgical solutions for lung, heart, vascular and esophageal diseases.

Thoracic Conditions We Treat

SMH’s thoracic surgery team treats the full spectrum of thoracic disease — from common to complex diseases. These include:

Information & Referrals


For more information about thoracic surgery at Sarasota Memorial or to request a physician referral, call 941-917-7777 or browse our online directory by specialty.

Thoracic Prevention, Diagnostic & Surgical Treatment Services at SMH

Thoracic Surgery Team 

At SMH, we believe that collaboration is the key for delivering the very best comprehensive care and treatment for our patients.  

To that end, our thoracic surgery team works closely with medical and radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, and many other specialists and supportive care clinicians to provide exceptional, customized care. Our thoracic surgeons also are active participants of SMH’s Lung Cancer Review Board, a team of cancer specialists who meet weekly to review patient cases and work together to determine the best treatment strategies. 

Blair Marshall, MDBlair Marshall, MD is a board-certified Thoracic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive robotic techniques for complex thoracic procedures of both benign and malignant pathology including chest wall and lung tumors. She also specializes in robotic surgery for end-stage lung disease, tracheobronchial malacia, esophagectomy and paraesophageal hernia repair.


Dr. VescoPaul Vesco, MD is a board-certified Cardiovascular-Thoracic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for all forms of cardiovascular and thoracic disease, including benign or cancerous conditions of the lung, chest and esophagus.




Why Choose SMH?

  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital is consistently recognized for its superior patient care and thoracic surgery performance.

  • US News ranked Sarasota Memorial as a high performer for Lung Cancer Surgery in its 2023-2024 report.

  • Sarasota Memorial's Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute carries the nation's highest level of accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). It has maintained continuous CoC accreditation since 1988.