Thomas Beaver, MD

Thomas M Beaver, MD, MPH

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Dr. Thomas Beaver is The Grant and Shirle Herron Chair and Professor and Chief of The Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Beaver has devoted his career to making surgery safer and easier for patients through minimally invasive techniques and improved peri-operative management. Dr. Beaver specializes in minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation, aortic and mitral valves --including transcatheter valves and stent grafts for thoracic aortic surgery. 

Dr. Beaver has over 120 publications and his research has been supported by the NIH, State of Florida and multiple industry trials evaluating kidney protection strategies and stent grafting for thoracic aneurysms. Dr. Beaver is currently the Co- Principal Investigator on an NIH clinical trial studying intra-operative diaphragm training to help patients wean from ventilatory support.

Dr. Beaver received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega honor society. Dr. completed his general surgery residency at the University of Colorado. In 1996, he moved to Gainesville and completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Florida. In 2006, Dr. Beaver received an MPH with a focus on health policy.

Dr. Beaver was a member of The United Stated Army Reserve Medical Corps from1991-2006. In 2004, he served in Tikrit, Iraq and Asadabad, Afghanistan and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.


Master of Public Health
University of Florida

Residency - Thoracic Surgery
University of Florida

Residency - Surgery
University of Colorado

Medical Degree
University of Wisconsin

Board Certification

  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery - American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Honors and Awards

Patient Safety Award
University of Florida - College of Medicine

Exemplary Teachers Award
University of Florida

Anderson Scholar Faculty Honoree for Outstanding Teaching
University of Florida

President's Humanitarian Award for Service in Iraq and Afghanistan
Florida Medical Association