New faculty member, thoracic surgeon joins division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery

Tiago Noguchi Machuca_MCM_6549_resizedTiago N. Machuca, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Machuca joined the division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery after completing clinical fellowships in thoracic surgery and lung transplantation at the University of Toronto, the premiere center in the world for his specialty. He was also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratories at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Machuca earned his medical degree at the Federal University of Parana, followed by his general surgery residency at the University of São Paulo, a thoracic surgery residency at Santa Casa de Porto Alegre and a doctoral degree in respiratory sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, all in Brazil.

His clinical interests include thoracic surgical oncology, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, robotic surgery, tracheal surgery, lung transplantation and extracorporeal life support, while his research interests include lung preservation, ex vivo lung perfusion, lung transplantation and donation after determination of circulatory arrest, as well as extracorporeal life support.

Dr. Machuca currently serves as a reviewer for the journal Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. He has won numerous awards and accolades during his career, including the 2011 Research Fellowship Award from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, 2012 Research Fellowship Award from the American Society of Transplantation, 2012 Best Basic Science Presentation and 2014 Best Clinical Science Presentation at Thoracic Surgery Research Day from University of Toronto. He also won the 2013 Brinda Murti Award in Lung Transplantation Research from Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratories and the 2014 Intuitive Robotic Surgery Fellowship from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Machuca is widely published in prestigious journals, such as the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the American Journal of Transplantation and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.