01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Nestor R. Villamizar Ortiz is a thoracic surgeon practicing in Miami, Florida at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the director of the center’s Lung Cancer Screening Clinic to help identify lung cancer in the early stages, allowing for more treatment options. He also serves as an assistant professor of clinical and the associate program director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Miami. Dr. Villamizar Ortiz specializes in mesothelioma and lung cancer screening.

Dr. Villamizar Ortiz provides the most up-to-date surgical procedures and latest treatment modalities for all diseases that impact the chest and surrounding area. He is considered a leading expert in thoracic surgery and is well-versed in numerous complex procedures including complex airway reconstruction. He is also very experienced with multimodal treatment, combining surgeries like minimally invasive thoracic lung surgery with chemotherapy.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Lung cancer screening and mesothelioma.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Thoracic Surgery Certification in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Education & Experience:

  • Fellowship for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Residency for General Surgery at Duke University Medical Center
  • Medical Degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Facultad de Medicina
03. Publications


Impact of T status and N status on perioperative outcomes after thoracoscopic lobectomy for lung cancer. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. February 2013;145(2):514-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.10.039

Thoracoscopic lobectomy is associated with lower morbidity compared with thoracotomy. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. August 2009;138(2):419-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2009.04.026