Paul A. Vesco, MD, FACS

1540 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite #303
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Phone: (941) 917-8791
Fax: (941) 917-8793
Education: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Internship: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Residency: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Fellowship: Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus, OH
Certifications: Surgery Thoracic, Surgery General


Dr. Vesco’s experience and skills strengthen and further diversify the range of robotic and minimally invasive heart, lung and esophageal surgery to Sarasota Memorial patients. His clinical expertise includes surgery for all forms of cardiovascular disease, including high-risk and emergency conditions related to heart attack, congestive heart failure and valve disorders, as well as thoracic conditions caused by benign or cancerous conditions of the lung, chest and esophageal. He has an impressive record as a researcher and teacher as well as an active surgical practice. Since 2006, his research interests have been in the fields of robotic assisted thoracic cancer surgery and robotic closed chest coronary bypass with hybrid coronary revascularization. He is the recipient of several awards and honors for his research, medical and military work.

Prior to joining Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2010, Dr. Vesco was among a handful of cardiac and thoracic surgeons using the nation’s earliest robot-assisted technologies. He performed the first closed-chest, robotic coronary artery bypass and assisted with the first robotic mitral valve repair and beating heart surgery for atrial fibrillation at Ohio State. He also performed the medical  enter’s first closed-chest (non rib-spreading) lung lobectomy and thymectomy for myasthenia gravis and participated in its first robotic-assisted esophagectomy.

Following 9/11, he was called to active duty in 2002 and served in the U.S. Air Force in Iraq and provided specialized minimally-invasive surgery to soldiers and their families affected by cardiac, esophageal, gastric and colon diseases.