Leader in Medicine

Michael Jantz

MD

The American Health Council recognized Michael Jantz, MD as “Best in Medicine” for his outstanding contributions to the medical field. Dr. Jantz maintains an active schedule as he serves as a Professor of Medicine and director of Interventional Pulmonology at The University of Florida Health in Gainesville, Fla. Since entering the healthcare industry over 28 years ago, Dr. Jantz has garnered comprehensive skills and knowledge in interventional pulmonology, thoracic oncology, and pulmonary and critical care medicine.

With a passion and determination to improve others’ lives, Dr. Jantz decided to pursue a career in the medical field. He earned a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1989 and completed a residency in internal medicine at the same institution shortly after. Once he completed a fellowship in pulmonary diseases and critical care at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Dr. Jantz immediately established a strong foundation for a successful career.

Throughout his career, Dr. Jantz has conducted extensive research on various topics, including techniques for management of airway obstruction, outcomes following interventional pulmonary procedures, techniques for advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy, medical thoracoscopy, bronchoscopic lung volume reduction for emphysema and management of malignant pleural effusions. He has authored over 61 publications and 16 book chapters. A fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Dr. Jantz’s skills and knowledge earned him various accolades, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Florida Department of Medicine in 2000, 2007, 2017, and 2018, the Master Clinician Award from the University of Florida Department of Medicine in 2013 and 2015 and the Consumer Research Most Compassionate Doctor Award.

Dr. Jantz is a member of several professional associations, including the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the World Association for Bronchology, the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and has served on the lung cancer guidelines development and writing committee for the American College of Chest Physicians. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading and studying eastern philosophy.

With a successful career at hand, Dr. Jantz attributes his accomplishments to the myriad opportunities presented to him throughout his career, especially positions that allowed him to pursue his passion for interventional medicine and thoracic oncology. Additionally, he attributes his success to his mentors and the opportunity to build his interventional pulmonary program. Dr. Jantz plans to continue to excel in his career by expanding his clinical trials.

Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Florida

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