February 17, 2021
Gainesville, FL – In early February, North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) welcomed Dr. Michael Jantz as a new Interventional Pulmonologist for North Florida Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine. With Dr. Jantz’s arrival, NFRMC adds advanced lung care services, such as robotic bronchoscopy, to its extensive list of health service offerings.
Dr. Jantz is a highly-regarded physician in the field of lung disease, specializing in interventional pulmonology, lung cancer and thoracic oncology, in addition to a variety of pulmonary disorders. He is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of interventional pulmonology and lung cancer, and brings this impressive expertise to patients at NFRMC. With this extension of services, NFRMC’s ability to diagnose patients at an earlier stage of lung cancer will become more enhanced, and the ability to relieve symptoms related to lung cancer using bronchoscopic techniques will now be readily available to patients.
Additionally, incorporating robotic bronchoscopy into NFRMC's list of advanced procedures is an enhancement offered by only the top lung care programs in the state of Florida. Robotic bronchoscopy allows for the biopsy of small lung nodules, and for lung cancer to be diagnosed at an early stage leading to improved outcomes. Dr. Jantz offers an extensive list of advanced pulmonary services such as:
- Advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy;
- Interventional airway procedures such as laser and stent placement for airway obstruction due to cancer;
- Treatment of benign airway obstruction;
- Medical thoracoscopy and indwelling pleural catheter placement for evaluation and management of fluid collections around the lung; and,
- Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction for emphysema, and bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma
“Expanding our capabilities to serve the healthcare needs of our community is of the utmost importance,” said C. Eric Lawson, Chief Executive Officer of NFRMC. “Having the privilege of adding renowned experts like Dr. Jantz to our care team connects to our mission in giving others a healthier tomorrow. We are very excited to have him join the North Florida Regional family.”
“My philosophy is to provide kind, compassionate care to my patients, always listening to their concerns and working to provide a care plan that best suits their needs,” said Dr. Jantz. “I am looking forward to developing a state-of-the-art interventional pulmonary program at NFRMC, and working on continued improvements in the care of patients with lung cancer.”
Dr. Jantz obtained his medical degree from the University of Washington. Following his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Jantz completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship and interventional pulmonology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to joining NFRMC, Dr. Jantz was a faculty member at the University of Florida (UF) from 1999 to 2021 in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, advancing to the academic rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine. While at UF, he served as the Director of Interventional Pulmonology, Director of Diagnostic Bronchoscopy, Co-Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program and Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, and the lung cancer guideline writing group for the American College of Chest Physicians.
During his time at UF, Dr. Jantz gave several lectures at national and international conferences, and published numerous manuscripts, research articles and book chapters. He has received several excellence in teaching awards and two Master Clinician awards from UF’s Department of Medicine, and has received the America’s Best in Medicine award from the American Health Council and the Most Compassionate Doctor award from the Consumers’ Research Council of America.