Expertise of Michael P Latzko, MD

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Dr. Michael Latzko is a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is skilled in minimally invasive surgical approaches and regularly helps patients seeking treatment for multiple types of hernia; esophageal conditions including GERD; gallbladder conditions; thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders; colon cancer; diverticulitis; hemorrhoids and more. He has published articles in academic health journals and textbooks and has also been a physician educator in a broad range of surgical areas. He has become one of the leading general surgeons in the area. Dr. Latzko specializes in a broad range of surgical procedures including: • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction • Adrenal Surgery • Anti-Reflux Procedures • Bile Duct Disorders • Colon Resection • Esophageal Cancer • Esophageal Disorders • Gallbladder Disease • Gastric Cancer • Gastric Resection • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux • Hernia Repair • Inflammatory Bowel Disease • Pancreatic Surgery • Robotic Surgery • Small Bowel Surgery • Spleen Surgery • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

Personal Interests

Surfing, art, auto racing.

Care Philosophy

Dr. Latzko is passionate about caring for patients in Highlands County. He believes in combining leading-edge science and technology with a personalized approach to provide compassionate care and whole-person healing.

Awards & Recognitions
2014 Ward J. Dunnican Award for Outstanding Service in General Surgery
2013 Donald K. Brief Award for Excellence in Teaching
2011 Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons-Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award
2011 Best Clinical Research Paper- American College of Surgeons New Jersey Manuscript Competition
Areas Served
Sebring, FL
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Tagalog

St. George’s University School of Medicine, West Indies


General Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center


Minimally-Invasive and Advanced GI Surgery at University of Florida Jacksonville

Medical Organization Memberships and Committees

Member-at-Large, Medical Executive Committee, 2019 Chairman, Robotic Steering Committee, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Steering committee, 2018 Utilization Review/Patient Safety Committee, 2018 Network Operations Council, 2018 - 2020 Medical/Surgical Quality Committee, Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeons, 2018 American College of Surgeons, 2015 Association for Academic Surgery, 2015 American Medical Association, 2012 Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Board Certification

Surgery: The American Board of Surgery


Nussbaum, M.S., Latzko, M. (2018). Robotic surgery. In Fischer, J.E. (editor) Mastery of Surgery, Seventh Edition, Wolters Kluwer Health/ Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia.

Price, D., Latzko, M., Crandall, M. Evaluation of Ongoing Bleeding and Laboratory Assessment of Coagulation. American Board of Surgery SCORE Portal. (In Press).

Armenia, S., Latzko, M. (2017). The wisdom of Theodor Billroth: Lessons for today’s surgeons. Bulletin of the Surgical History Group of the American College of Surgeons; 71-74.

Linson, J., Latzko, M., Awad, Z. (2017). Minimally Invasive Ivor-Lewis esophagectomy on a patient with a right-sided aortic arch. Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology; 8(1), E1-E2.

Linson, J., Latzko, M., Ahmed, B., Awad, Z. (2015). Thoracoscopic Management of Volvulus of the Gastric Conduit Following Minimally Invasive Ivor-Lewis Esophagectomy. Surg Endosc; 30(1): doi: 10.1007/s00464-015-4531-0.

Protyniak, B., Latzko, M., Cappa, R., Kopelan, A. (2015). Laparoscopic Resection of Urachal-sigmoid Fistula in a Heart Transplant Patient. Surgical Science;6(02), 22.

Latzko, M., Borao, F., Squillaro, A., Mansson, J., Barker, W., Baker, T. (2014). Laparoscopic Repair of Paraesophageal Hernias: Our Last Ten Years. Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons;18(3): e2014.00009. doi:10.4293/JSLS.2014.00009.

Latzko, M., Jasra, S., Akbar, S., Sun, H., Palekar, S. (2012). Laparoscopic Splenectomy to Salvage Renal Transplants from Severe Acute Antibody-Mediated Rejection. Case Reports in Transplantation; 20(12).

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  • Aetna
  • Aetna / US Healthcare - non HMO
  • Aetna / US Healthcare HMO
  • Ambetter
  • Amerigroup
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed HMO/PPO
  • CarePlus
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna PPO
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