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Dr. Marcelo DaSilva

Dr. Marcelo DaSilva

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Marcelo DaSilva is chief of Thoracic Surgery Services and medical director at the AdventHealth Cancer Institute in Orlando, Florida. He has extensive experience in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Pleural and Lung Cancer

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    Team Leader

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    Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Get to Know Dr. Marcelo DaSilva

Dr. Marcelo DaSilva joined AdventHealth Orlando in 2019, tasked with building a comprehensive mesothelioma program to rival any in the country, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he previously served.

In less than a year he had accomplished his goal, unveiling the Mesothelioma International Treatment Program, which is attracting patients from around the world.

At AdventHealth, DaSilva has gathered a multidisciplinary team of surgical and medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and an experienced support staff to provide the whole-body-and-mind approach to mesothelioma treatment.

Dr. Marcelo DaSilva shared his medical background and what led him to become a mesothelioma specialist.

He spent more than a decade previously as a thoracic surgeon and key contributor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, home of the acclaimed International Mesothelioma Program.

DaSilva has more than 20 years of experience as a thoracic surgeon. Between his two stints in Boston, he also served as chief of thoracic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

While specializing in mesothelioma, he regularly treats lung and esophageal cancers.

DaSilva was part of the esophageal program at Care New England, where he also served as chief of thoracic surgery. He does chest reconstruction and treats pleural effusions.

It was at Brigham and Women’s where he was trained in minimally invasive surgery, which he turned into one of his specialties today, along with robotics.

DaSilva became a pioneer in the 3-D minimally invasive esophagectomy and in thoracic 3-D models for chest wall reconstruction.

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Specialties of Dr. Marcelo DaSilva

  • Pleural mesothelioma

  • Robotic surgery

  • Heated chemotherapy

  • Lung cancer

  • Esophageal cancer

  • Chest reconstruction

Dr. Marcelo DaSilva’s Experience and Education

  • AdventHealth Orlando

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Loyola University Medical Center

  • Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University (Fellowship)

  • Penn State College of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Residency)

Awards and Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholars of Surgery Award

  • Mark Young International Medical Studies Scholarship

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll

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Multidisciplinary Mesothelioma Program

The Mesothelioma International Treatment Program now includes physicians with extensive experience across several disciplines. It offers respiratory rehabilitation services not often found at treatment centers around the country.

Intraoperative heated chemotherapy, robotic surgery and intraoperative radiation are being used to help patients battle the malignancy.

The program also emphasizes the holistic approach that Dr. David Sugarbaker first championed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, focusing on both the mental and physical well-being of each patient.

A nutritionist develops specialized diets for mesothelioma patients, and a physical therapist helps invigorate a patient’s natural healing capabilities through exercise.

The program is providing more options and opportunities for mesothelioma patients.

“AdventHealth already had excellence in those fields, but our goal was to bring them all under one umbrella, to build them into a mesothelioma program of excellence,” DaSilva said. “We have the resources to make it happen here.”

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Publications of Dr. Marcelo DaSilva

  • DaSilva, M. et al. (2020, May 8). Comparative Analysis of the Minimum Number of Replication Origins in Trypanosomatids and Yeasts. Genes.

  • Burt, B. et al. (2018, May 9). A Phase I Trial of Surgical Resection and Intraoperative Hyperthermic Cisplatin and Gemcitabine for Pleural Mesothelioma. Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

  • Burt, B. et al. (2011, October). Repeated and Aggressive Pulmonary Resections for Leiomyosarcoma Metastases Extends Survival. Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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Last Modified September 17, 2020

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