Mark I Block, MD

Block Mark I
Thoracic Surgery

Primary Office
1150 N 35th Ave
Suite 660
Hollywood, FL 33021

Meet the Physician

Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Healthcare System

Dr. Mark Block has practiced general thoracic surgery since completing his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis in 1997. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Chicago. He also received fellowship training in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute.

Before coming to Memorial Healthcare System, Dr. Block practiced general thoracic surgery as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and then at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was also the director of the Thoracic Oncology Working Group.

Dr. Block holds certifications from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians, and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Society and the General Thoracic Surgery Club. He has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and been an invited contributor to several authoritative textbooks on thoracic surgery. 

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Awards and honors
  • MUSC “Applause” Award for Patient Care
  • Alley-Sheridan Educational Scholarship, Kennedy School of Government
  • Resident Award, Best Research Paper, Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Travel Grant Recipient, Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Armand Hammer Travel Award, Society of Surgical Oncology

Professional organizations
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American College of Surgeons, South Florida Chapter
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • General Thoracic Surgical Club
  • American Society for Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American Cancer Society
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Recent publications
  • “Invasive Mediastinal Staging: Endobronchial Ultrasound, Endoscopic Ultrasound, and Mediastinoscopy” in Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 2013
  • “Experience with Transition from Mediastinoscopy to Endoscopic Ultrasound – Guided Biopsy for Pre-Operative Mediastinal Staging of Patients with Lung Cancer,” Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2010
  • “Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration for Mediastinal Staging of Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: How Many Stations Should be Sampled?”, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2010

  • Presentations
    • “Surgical Options: How Far Have We Come?”, Gilda’s Club Annual Cancer Symposium, 2009
    • “Endoscopic Ultrasound for Diagnosis and Staging of the Mediastinum,” Hospitalist Grand Rounds, Memorial Regional Hospital, 2009
    • “Pleural Effusions After Cardiac Surgey,” Cardiovascular Institute Symposium, 2009


  • Yale University School Of Medicine, 1987
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1997, Thoracic Surgery
  • National Cancer Institute, 1993, Surgical Oncology
  • University Of Chicago Hospitals, 1990, Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery-Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery

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