John R. Roberts, MD, Thoracic Surgeon with the Lynn Cancer Institute – Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Get to know Thoracic Surgeon Dr. John R. Roberts, who serves patients in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dr. Roberts is a thoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including thoracoscopy, robotic surgery and other surgical treatments of lung and esophageal cancers. He is affiliated with the Lynn Cancer Institute – Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Lynn Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer centers in South Florida and is accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons. The center treats an estimated 4,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year in facilities such as the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion and other respective satellite locations in Delray Beach. “Boca Regional is on the forefront of cancer treatment in South Florida and I am most gratified to play a role in caring for our patients” as stated by Dr. Roberts.

Dr. Roberts is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Roberts earned his medical degree with honors from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and earned his Masters of Business (MBA) at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. His postgraduate training included an internship and residency program in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chief resident in surgery and completed an oncology and trauma fellowship. He went on to complete an additional residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Roberts served as the Chief of General Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine followed by various clinical appointments at Centennial Hospital and Baptist Hospital in Tennessee. He also held faculty appointments as Instructor in Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and as Assistant Professor of Surgery at both the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax – generally treatment of conditions of the heart and lungs. Examples of thoracic surgery include coronary artery bypass surgery, heart transplant, lung transplant and removal of parts of the lung affected by cancer. Thoracic surgeons, like Dr. Roberts, treat injuries, diseases and congenital abnormalities in a patient’s chest, including surgery to remove tumors, manage disorders or repair trauma to the heart, blood vessels, lungs, esophagus and diaphragm.

Dr. Roberts has been selected by his peers to the “Best Doctors in America” from 2003 – 2018 and is a reviewer of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and CHEST® Journal.

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