Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Gaetano Rocco

Gaetano Rocco, MD

Thoracic Surgeon

Clinical Expertise

Primary and Metastatic Tumors of the Lung, Chest Wall, Mediastinum, Pleura, and Airway; Lung Cancer; Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

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About Me


MD, University of Milan, Italy


General Surgery – University of Milan Hospitals, Italy; Thoracic Surgery – University of Milan Hospitals, Italy


Advanced General Thoracic Surgery – Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Board Certifications

General Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

I am a surgeon who cares for people with lung cancer. I specialize in treating lung nodules, pleural effusions, chest wall tumors, and cancer that has spread to the lungs from other parts of the body. Whenever possible, I use minimally invasive surgical procedures. These have been shown to minimize patients’ pain and discomfort and decrease their time in the hospital. I also have expertise in chest wall reconstruction following surgery to remove chest wall tumors. I perform about 220 operations every year.

I offer all of the procedures available to treat thoracic cancer. These include the single-incision approach (uniportal access) to the chest, thoracoscopic surgery (also called video-assisted thoracic surgery, or VATS), and open chest wall resections and reconstructions. I work with my patients and other members of their care team to select the technique that will be most effective in treating their disease.

I have also been engaged in several clinical trials. These have promise for managing thoracic conditions. My research includes studies of surgery combined with immunotherapy for the treatment of advanced lung cancer. I am also interested in technologies that improve lung cancer diagnosis and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

When patients meet with me for the first time, my goal is to successfully address their concerns. These may range from questions about their prognosis or pain after surgery to how long it will take to return to their normal activities. As an experienced thoracic surgeon, I use the most-advanced minimally invasive techniques and standards of practice aimed at improving patient outcomes.

I hope that my patients feel confident in knowing that I am a dependable, consistent, and skilled thoracic surgeon and do my best to bring a human touch to their care. I work with an outstanding team of dedicated professionals.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also appreciate fine art, especially 16th- and 17th-century European paintings.

I hope that my patients feel confident in knowing that I am a dependable, consistent, and skilled thoracic surgeon and do my best to bring a human touch to their care.

Dr. Rocco

Awards and Honors

  • Fellowship Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd – 2004)
  • Silver Medal “Aesculapius,” Italian Minister of Health for Professional Achievements (2006)
  • Alumnus d’Honore, Hopital Marie-Lannelongue-Universite Sud, France (2011)


Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

Clinical Trials

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Rocco’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.