Dr. Rodney Landreneau

Thoracic Surgeon at Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Rodney Landreneau is an experienced thoracic surgeon based in Tampa, Florida. He has served as director of multiple cancer institutes and division chief of thoracic surgery. He treats pleural mesothelioma patients at Tampa General Hospital.

Dr. Rodney Landreneau

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Pleural Mesothelioma

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Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute

3 Tampa General Circle, Tampa, FL 33606


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More Information About Mesothelioma Specialist Dr. Rodney Landreneau

Dr. Landreneau is a board‑certified thoracic surgeon. He has decades of experience treating mesothelioma with minimally invasive surgeries, helping them to maintain their quality of life after surgery.

Dr. Landreneau joined Tampa General Hospital in December 2023. He sees people with pleural mesothelioma at Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute. Before joining Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Landreneau worked at Penn Highlands Healthcare starting in April 2020.

Dr. Landreneau previously worked as Division Chief of general thoracic surgery at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh. He was also Co‑Director of the Esophageal and Lung Institute at the hospital network.

Before working in Pennsylvania, Dr. Landreneau was Director of the Ochsner Health System Cancer Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is originally from Louisiana.

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Medical Degrees and Residencies

    • Medical Degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, 1978
    • Residency in General Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas
    • Residency in Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
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Certifications and Memberships

    • Board‑certified in Thoracic Surgery
    • Membership in the American Medical Association, American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, American Cancer Society, Association of Academic Surgery, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy, Society of Surgical Oncology, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, American Association of Thoracic Surgery and American Surgical Association

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Dr. Landreneau is one of the top specialists for pleural mesothelioma. He uses minimally invasive techniques for diagnosing cancers. He can perform both pleurectomy/decortication surgery and extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery.

Why Choose Dr. Landreneau?

  • Worked at various top cancer centers
  • Skilled surgeon for mesothelioma
  • Member of many medical organizations

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Use of Heated Intraoperative Chemotherapy

Dr. Landreneau believes in less‑invasive approaches to treatment. This is especially important for diagnosing mesothelioma. Using cameras allows for smaller incisions when performing thoracoscopy.

A way to enhance the possibilities of surgery is with intraoperative treatment. For pleural mesothelioma, this is either heated intrathoracic chemotherapy (HITHOC) or intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT).

Dr. Landreneau handles both pleurectomy/decortication and extrapleural pneumonectomy. These are the two radical surgeries for pleural mesothelioma.

One of the most promising developments in mesothelioma treatment has been the use of heated chemotherapy in combination with radical surgery. Heated chemotherapy has the ability to kill microscopic mesothelioma cells left behind from surgery. This puts less pressure on the surgeon to remove all of the tumors and risk impacting organs or other tissue linings.

Dr. Landreneau has years of experience improving survival for pleural mesothelioma patients with this procedure. He was the first surgeon to perform HITHOC for mesothelioma in Louisiana.

How to See Dr. Landreneau for Mesothelioma Surgery

If you live in or near Tampa, we can help you contact Dr. Landreneau and the team at Tampa General Hospital. If you live out of the area and wish to see him, we can help with travel grants.

Email our patient advocate, Karen Ritter, at karen@mesotheliomaguide.com. You can also apply for help through our free Doctor Match program to learn about other surgeons.

Sources & Author

  1. Rodney Landreneau MD. LinkedIn. Retrieved from: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodney-landreneau-md-9b8514118/. Accessed: 07/05/2024.
  2. Rodney J. Landreneau, MD. Penn Highlands Healthcare. Retrieved from: https://www.phhealthcare.org/doctor/landreneau-rodney-j-md-649. Accessed: 10/19/2021.
  3. Welcome, Rodney Landreneau, MD. Penn Highlands Healthcare. Retrieved from: https://www.phhealthcare.org/news/penn-highlands-healthcare-news/welcome-rodney-landreneau-md. Accessed: 10/19/2021.
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About the Writer, Karen Ritter, RN BSN

Karen Ritter, a registered nurse, is the lead patient advocate for Mesothelioma Guide. She has a deep passion for patient care, which includes helping patients and their families search for treatment options at the top mesothelioma cancer centers. She finds the balance between encouraging patients to receive the best treatment possible while enjoying their time with loved ones and friends. Karen is a valuable asset for patients due to her knowledge of mesothelioma, compassion for the victims of this disease and dedication to guiding patients through their treatment journey.