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Giovana R. Thomas

Giovana R. Thomas, M.D.

General Information

Giovana R. Thomas, M.D.





  • Otolaryngology
  • Surgery w/the Head & Neck-Otolaryngology


English, Spanish

Clinical Areas


Dr. Thomas  specializes in surgical treatment and management of tumors of the head and neck including transoral robotic surgery,  thyroid; parathyroid; cancers involving the oral cavity, nasal cavity, sinuses, nasopharynx, tongue base, tonsil, HPV-related tumors,  supraglottic, larynx and hypopharynx, upper trachea; salivary gland tumors of the parotid and submandibular gland; parapharyngeal space tumors; skull base tumors; tumors in the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx which failed radiation; advanced skin cancers in the face, scalp, neck; lip cancer,  and sarcomas and osteosarcomas of the head and neck area. She is one of the pioneers in the use of transoral robotic surgery for treatment of cancers of the head and neck at the University of Miami School of Medicine.


  • American Board of Otolaryngology


  • Associate Professor

Research Interests


Dr. Thomas has authored or co-authored various journal publications, book chapters and abstracts. She has been supported by grants from National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, the Wendy Will Case Cancer Foundation and the University Of Miami School Of Medicine.  Additionally, Dr. Thomas participates in numerous professional organizations, including theAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, The American College of Surgeons, the American Head & Neck Society, North American Skull Base Society, and Society of Robotic Surgery. She is a reviewer for multiple journals including Laryngoscope, Head & Neck, Archives of Otolaryngology, International Journal of Experimental Pathology and Clinical Cancer Research.


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Giovana R. Thomas, MD, FACS earned her medical degree at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine in Rochester, New York. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and a clinical fellowship in Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery at the University Of Michigan School Of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She returned to Washington, D.C. to complete research fellowship training and provide head and neck oncologic surgery care to patients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Dr. Thomas is honored to be part of the prestigious Faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. Presently, she serves as an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and as a member of the Head and Neck Site Disease Group at Sylvester Cancer Center.  She is licensed by the State of Florida, certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and by the Joint Council for Approval of Advanced Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). In 2010, Dr. Thomas was certified as a DaVinci robotic surgeon and has an active practice in the transoral removal of tumors of the pharynx and larynx with robotic technology. At a local level, Dr. Thomas has lectured on the new insights on treatment of oropharyngeal cancers to health care providers, and has developed a program to expose high school students to the merits of pursuing a career in the medical field. At a national level and international, she is an active member of the American Head and Neck Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery where she serves on various diverse interest committees.