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.

Mary Carolyn Vinson, DO, MNS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Mary Carolyn Vinson is recognized for her excellence in critical care. Her desire to create an exceptional patient experience is evident in everything she does, from her amiable approach to patient interactions to her passion for maintaining and improving upon the high quality of service TGH is known for. Her exceptional compassion, skill and professionalism are among the reasons so many patients trust her to provide world-class care. Dr. Vinson is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Women in Thoracic Surgery.