Dr. Fontaine attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He then traveled to Boston where he did his general surgery residency and thoracic surgery fellowship. In Boston, he trained as Chief Resident under Dr. David Sugarbaker at Brigham and Women’s Hospital completing his Thoracic Surgery Fellowship. Upon completion of his Fellowship, he returned to Montreal and worked as a thoracic surgeon at the University of Montreal. He was soon recruited to become a part of Brown Medical School and lead a thoracic surgery program at one of their teaching hospitals. In 2011, he joined Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Fontaine’s passion and expertise includes treating mesothelioma and robotic lung and esophageal surgery. He is the director of both programs.
Dr. Fontaine is devoted to helping mesothelioma patients improve their lives. Therefore, he is very selective in choosing the best treatment option with his patients. As an expert in the treatment of mesothelioma, he sees every patient as an individual and advises what is best for them in collaboration with them. In the operating room, his goal is to remove all the tumor which is visible to the naked eye. If this is best achieved by removing the entire lung (also known as an extra-pleural pneumonectomy), he will do so. His goal is to improve not only the quantity of life, but more importantly the quality of life of his patients. If you are not a candidate for surgery, he will have you seen during your same visit to Moffitt by the other expert members of the Mesothelioma team who can help you, such as, a medical oncologist or a radiation oncologist. Dr. Fontaine can also recommend clinical trials for mesothelioma patients. He is very involved with research into future treatments for mesothelioma. Dr. Fontaine is passionate about his patients, very approachable and easy to talk with.
To contact Dr. Jacques-Pierre Fontaine please call 813-618-5967 or visit www.FloridaChestSurgery.com