Dr. Jacques Fontaine Thoracic Surgeon Tampa, FL

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Thank you for saving my life.

Carolyn S, Saint Petersburg

Dr. Fontaine is a life saver! As a patient and physician myself, I have never met a doctor as adept at explaining the intricate technical aspects of a major operation while sensing and addressing the emotional needs of family and friends. I felt very prepared for my surgery: he did not shy away from a detailed description of my procedure and was forthcoming with all the potential risks and side effects. I visited several other comprehensive cancer centers throughout the nation and discussed my case with other well-recognized physicians; I chose Dr. Fontaine because of his highly-regarded skill, excellent post-operative care, and the wonderful sense of ease that he cultivated during our visits. Exceeding his fantastic reputation, Dr. Fontaine’s bedside manner was warm, his pre-op and post-op care thorough, and his technical skill impeccable. He was incredibly gracious with his time in every interaction. He expedited my remaining workup and was easy to contact with any questions. His nursing staff and front desk made it easy to schedule appointments and simple to communicate concerns. He was highly communicative with my family immediately after the procedure and was available to them many times in the days that followed. The inpatient care was top-notch and my recovery was a breeze because of his attention and the efforts of all the Moffitt team. I would recommended my own family and friends to his care with great confidence.

Alexander E, Tampa

Dr. Fontaine: There is little I can do or say to express the gratitude of me, my wife, our children and grandchildren for literally not only saving my life, but extending my life as well. In September of 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. I was told at that time, my illness was incurable with no chance of surgery. My oncologist in Boca Raton, immediately started me on the strongest chemo he could prescribe, after which came 28 sessions of radiation and three more sessions of chemo. To make a long story short, another pet scan showed no signs of spreading and all tests were coming back good. My Oncologist called my family and I to his office and recommend I travel to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to meet with Dr. Jacques Fontaine. I made an appointment and had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Fontaine and others and after going over my history, and examining me, he told me I was a candidate for surgery - something called an "esophagectomy". He gave my wife and I a thorough explanation of what the procedure would involve, and I have to say, it scared me to death. At this time, I was feeling good, eating well and gaining weight, so we returned to Boca Raton to think about it. We returned to Moffitt once more about a month later and met with Dr. Fontaine again and this time with Dr. Harris - who performed an endoscopy and told me the only chance I had for a cure was the surgery. Dr. Fontaine explained that he could not perform robotic surgery because of scar tissue resulting from the previous radiation treatment and he would have to make several incisions to complete the surgery. My family and I spent many hours talking about whether or not to have this done, and finally the decision was made to go ahead with the surgery. The surgery was performed at Moffitt on November 10th. 2016 and lasted almost nine hours. I spent ten days in the hospital with my wife and children at my side. Dr. Fontaine came in everyday to check on my along with a team of Drs. he was teaching. I was discharged from the hospital on November 19th. and went home to Boca Raton with a feeding tube inserted in my stomach area. We went back to Moffitt to see Dr. Fontaine approximately two weeks later to remove the staples at which time we were told by Dr. Fontaine that he had removed 23 lymph nodes and that all 23 had come back clear. He went on to tell me I was in fact Cancer free and now to enjoy our life together - more than 50 years. Today is March 8th and I had the pure pleasure of visiting Dr. Fontaine once more to remove the feeding tube. To Dr. Fontaine, and the Nurses who watched over me. You all saved my life through your skill, knowledge and dedication. You are truly a miracle worker Dr. Fontaine and GOD recognizes your skill and dedication as well. There is little else I can say, but I hope my story will help others who may be in a similar situation. I would encourage everyone to meet Dr. Fontaine and place your trust in him. Not only is he e skilled surgeon, he is Blessed. God Bless You Dr; Fontaine and everyone at Moffitt Cancer Center. With much love and respect - Bob and Marie Tauber and family

Robert T, Boca Raton, FL

I had an appointment on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 with Dr. Fontaine. Imagine my surprise when I received a call from him at my office two days prior. He wanted to introduce himself, talk about the operation and most importantly he wanted to know what questions I might have. What a comfortable and reassuring feeling I had after that conversation. On Wednesday, both my wife and I met with Dr. Fontaine and some of this team, and he sat and explained the entire procedure to both of us and again asked if we had any questions. I had the surgery the following morning, and after the surgery, Dr. Fontaine met with my wife and daughter, who drove up from Ft. Myers that morning. Even after 8 hours of surgery, he sat down and explained the whole procedure to my daughter so that she I would know what I had been through. He is an amazing doctor with outstanding bedside manners and treats each patient as if they are his ONLY patient.

Francis R, Fort Myers, FL

I brought my husband to see Dr. Fontaine for a second opinion regarding his lung cancer. Dr. Fontaine took the time to review all our records and explain his situation in detail and in a manner that we could understand things very clearly. It was clearly evident that he is very knowledgeable and an expert in his field. Dr. Fontaine performed his surgery, which we were told by my husband's other doctors was not possible. His team at Moffitt Cancer Center provided us excellent care, and we are very grateful.

Kim B, Tampa

Dr. Fontaine does a tremendous job of helping mesothelioma patients and their families get the best treatment options and care.

Jose O, Orlando, FL

My husband Anton Zeman had surgery by Dr. Fontaine for esophageal cancer almost two years ago at age 84. He is doing outstandingly well. After being treated with chemo and radiation, his cancer had returned. Surgery was then recommended. His surgery went very well. At this time, he is still cancer free. We were blessed to find this excellent surgeon. We are so grateful. Thank you, Dr Fontaine.

Anton Z, Naples, FL

Dr. Fontaine is a great surgeon! He and his staff (especially Joe Garrett), provide outstanding care to their patients. I am so fortunate that I had Dr. Fontaine as my surgeon and the Moffitt team for my post-operative care.

Nan W, Aventura, FL

Dr. Fontaine saved my husband's life, and I will be forever grateful. Dr. Fontaine is the best in his field, and I can't say enough about this wonderful man!

Carole L, Vero Beach, FL

Location & Hours of Operation

Moffit Cancer Center

12902 Magnolia Drive | Tampa, FL 33612


Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center
U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals - 2014-2015
National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center
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