Baptist Health South Florida, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Thoracic Surgeon Nathaniel R. McElhaney, M.D., FACS, Joins Baptist Health

April 1, 2024

BOCA RATON, FL – April 1, 2024 – Double board-certified thoracic surgeon Nathaniel R. McElhaney, M.D., FACS, has joined the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health, at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. He is certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery and specializes in treating conditions of the chest cavity and lungs, such as lung cancer.

Prior to joining Lynn Cancer Institute, Dr. McElhaney was a thoracic surgeon at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Corning Hospital, both located in Pennsylvania.

“We are happy to welcome Dr. McElhaney to our multidisciplinary cancer care team dedicated to the highest quality care,” said Louise Morrell, M.D., medical director at Lynn Cancer Institute. “Dr. McElhaney will bring expertise in the surgical treatment of lung and other thoracic cancers and will provide patients expert specialty care, close to home.”

Dr. McElhaney earned his medical degree at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He completed a general surgery internship at Western Pennsylvania Hospital and a general surgery residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where he served as chief resident. He also completed a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. McElhaney collaborates with the multidisciplinary cancer team to provide each patient with comprehensive care. He strives to bring the most innovative techniques to lung cancer surgery, often performing minimally invasive surgery such as lobectomies and segmentectomies, which decrease patient morbidity. His clinical research focuses on ways to improve outcomes for patients with complex thoracic disease.

The patient-physician relationship is important to Dr. McElhaney. “I spend time educating patients and families and addressing the questions and concerns they may have when dealing with a cancer diagnosis,” said Dr. McElhaney. “Since cancer care does not end after surgery, I follow up with my patients throughout their treatment journey. I also join them in celebrating positive outcomes and help them find strength and resilience during challenging times.”     

Dr. McElhaney will see patients at two Lynn Cancer Institute locations: 10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Suite A-960, Boynton Beach, FL 33484; and 16313 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484.

About Baptist Health 
Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned institutes specializing in cancer care, brain and spine care, heart and vascular care and orthopedic care. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and The Baptist Health PineApp, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and is the most awarded healthcare system in South Florida by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookX (formerly Twitter), InstagramTikTok and LinkedIn.





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