Meet Our Doctors
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Dr. Pascotto obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his surgical residency at Albany Medical Center in New York and did his thoracic and cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Arizona. He practiced as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Arizona. Dr. Pascotto is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Pascotto practices minimally invasive techniques in lung, heart valve, and atrial fibrillation surgery. Dr. Pascotto currently practices cardiac and thoracic surgery at the NCH Heart Institute.
Dr. Dennis J. Stapleton is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. He also achieved his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine with the honor of AOA status. He completed his internship and residencies in general surgery and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Stapleton is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. He was formally chief of surgery at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center in Fort Myers, FL. Dr. Stapleton currently practices cardiac and thoracic surgery at the NCH Heart Institute.