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Lung Cancer Center: Our Physicians

K. Eric Sommers, MD, FACS

Medical Director, TGH Center for Lung Cancer
Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. K. Eric Sommers is one of the most experienced thoracic surgeons in Florida, having performed more than 6,300 cardiothoracic surgeries – including over 4,000 for lung cancer – as well as hundreds of robotic assisted procedures using the da Vinci® System. His skill and expertise in minimally invasive lung and chest surgery have earned him national recognition. His robotic lobectomy technique for lung cancer is being utilized as a teaching tool for other thoracic surgeons. Dr. Sommers’ surgical skill is matched by his extensive teaching and administrative experience. In addition to spending more than a decade on the medical staff at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, he was also, the medical Staff Executive Committee President at Moffitt, an associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, a founding surgical director of the Tampa General Hospital lung transplant program, and the director of the Heart Transplant Group at Tampa General Hospital.

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Christopher Bariana, DO
Thoracic Surgeon, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Christopher Bariana is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who has a passion for treating patients with lung cancer and lung nodule screening. Prior to joining Tampa General, he served in several roles for Jefferson Health New Jersey/Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, including New Jersey Division chief of thoracic surgery, medical director of esophageal and foregut surgery, medical director of robotic thoracic surgery, co-director of the lung nodule clinic and lung cancer screening along with assistant general surgery program director. Known for his compassionate nature and dedication to comprehensive care, award-winning Dr. Bariana was recognized as a New Jersey Top Doctor from 2018-2021.

Dr. Bariana’s multitude of clinical interests include minimally invasive and robotic surgery, robotic esophageal and upper gastrointestinal surgery for both benign and malignant disease, laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, lung and tracheal resections, lung cancer screening and nodule programs, bronchoscopy, and research and medical education.

Sujal Shah, MD

Sujal Shah, MD
Medical Oncologist

Sujal Shah, MD is a former assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas at Austin and an associate instructor of clinical medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Shah completed his internal medicine residency and his hematology and oncology fellowship at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics in New Orleans.

Dr. Shah is currently seeing patients with different types of cancers, with a focus on lung cancer and head and neck cancers. Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.