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Meet Farid Gharagozloo, MD

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Gharagozloo, medical director of Thoracic Surgery at AdventHealth Celebration Health, is at the forefront of innovations within the robotic-assisted thoracic surgery field. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques for benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) esophageal disorders and advanced thoracic malignancies. As a leading expert in his field, Dr. Gharagozloo has pioneered several surgical tools and techniques. This includes two patents—tissue sealant for aerostats and tissue healing accelerant—that improve the surgical and healing processes.. Trained as a surgeon with Harvard, Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gharagozloo has contributed to cutting-edge techniques in lung cancer surgery that greatly improves survival rates. His ongoing research and positive patient outcomes have led to him becoming a well-known lecturer and author. He has authored hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals and his Textbook of Robotic Surgerywas selected as medical textbook of the year. He also receives research grants from the American Heart Association and Thoracic Surgery Foundation.

Dr. Gharagozloo is a member of the AdventHealth Global Robotics Institute. It is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge research, training and advancements in medical robotics and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Prior to joining us, Dr. Gharagozloo held several top positions in the field. He was the chief of thoracic surgery, robotic thoracic surgery and esophageal surgery at the University of Arizona’s Banner – University Medical Center. He also served with George Washington University Medical Center as its chief of clinical cardiothoracic surgery and clinical professor of surgery. Dr. Gharagozloo was also surgeon-in-chief and director of the Washington Institute of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery.

Dr. Gharagozloo is board certified, fellowship trained and diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also a board member of the Society of Robotic Surgery, and is a member of many other professional organizations. These include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Priestly Society of Surgery and Society of Robotic Surgery.


He received his medical degree from John Hopkins University in Maryland, and completed his surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Gharagozloo was also a fellow with Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he trained in cardiac surgery research.

Dr. Gharagozloo leads the Thoracic Surgery Program at AdventHealth Celebration Health.