01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Toloza is a thoracic oncologist currently practicing at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. In addition to his full-time role in the thoracic oncology department, Dr. Toloza also serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery and an Associate Professor of Oncologic Sciences in the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Toloza continues to build his expertise in relation to thoracic surgeries, with a particular interest in mesothelioma and other lung cancers. He has been involved with research into aggressive multimodal treatments and certified to perform robotic-assisted surgeries as well as a navigational bronchoscopy.

To share his expertise and knowledge with others in the field, Dr. Poloza has authored and co-authored articles, book chapters and books, while continuing to participate in clinical research programs.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Lung cancers, mesothelioma, multimodal treatments, treatment of mediastinal and chest wall masses, pulmonary metastases, robotic-assisted thoracic surgeries and navigational bronchoscopy.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Diplomat, American Board of Thoracic Surgery Diplomat, named one of Castle Connolly’s Regional Top Doctors, ACS Fellow

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from UCLA School of Medicine
  • Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute
  • Fellowship with the Medical Scientist Fellow Program at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine
  • Fellowship in Thoracic Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Center
03. Publications


Vaccines for Lung CancerHandbook of Cancer Vaccines. 505-512.

Optimal Management of Malignant Pleural Effusions (Results of CALGB 30102)Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. August 2012;10(8). doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2012.0102

Pulmonary metastasectomy for suspected pancreaticobiliary cancerThe Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. July 2016;152(1):75-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.02.066

Stable Expression of the Wild-Type p53 Gene in Human Lung Cancer Cells after Retrovirus-Mediated Gene TransferHuman Gene Therapy. March 2008;4(5). doi: 10.1089/hum.1993.4.5-617

Thoracoscopic Talc Versus Tunneled Pleural Catheters for Palliation of Malignant Pleural EffusionsThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery. October 2012;94(4):1053-1059. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.01.103