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 with the da Vinci® System.
Dr. Sommers’ skill and expertise in minimally invasive lung and chest surgery has earned him national recognition, with his robotic lobectomy technique for lung cancer now being utilized as a teaching tool for other thoracic surgeons. His other areas of expertise include surgery for:
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:
• Medical Staff Executive Committee President at Moffitt for two years • Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine • A founding surgical director of the Tampa General Hospital Lung Transplant program • Director of the Heart Transplant Group at Tampa General Hospital for three years
Dr. Sommers obtained his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his medical degree at Northwestern University before completing ten years of residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He has won numerous awards and has over 50 publications, presentations, and abstracts in his name. As a TGMG provider, Dr. Sommers is eminently qualified to provide the high level of care patients expect and deserve.