Jose Fernando Santacruz, MD

J. Fernando Santacruz is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. He graduated from The Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, School of Medicine in 2002. During his medical school he performed clinical rotations at Jackson Memorial Hospital at The University of Miami, as part of the Latin-American Training Program. His internship and residency in Internal Medicine were performed at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio from 2004 to 2007. He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic from 2007 to 2010. During his fellowship he was enrolled in the Interventional Pulmonology tract from 2008 to 2010, where he was trained in advanced interventional bronchoscopy.
Dr. Santacruz has special interests in advance endoscopic and minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis and therapy of malignant and benign thoracic diseases. He has particular clinical interest in lung cancer, pulmonary nodules, lung cancer staging, tracheobronchomalacia, bronchoscopic therapy of COPD and benign airway stenosis.

Dr. Santacruz performs advanced procedures such as electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, central and peripheral endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), ultra-thin bronchoscopy, transbronchial needle aspiration and Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy for the diagnosis of pulmonary pathology. He has special training in therapeutic bronchoscopy for the treatment of benign and malignant diseases (i.e., airway obstruction, hemoptysis, fistulas, tracheobronchomalacia, etc.) including the use of endoscopic LASER, electrocautery, argon plasma coagulation, cryotherapy, mechanical tumor removal, balloon dilatation, endobronchial valves, rigid bronchoscopy and airway stent placement (metallic, silicone and hybrid). He also performs pleural procedures as ultrasound-guided thoracentesis, chest tube placement and tunneled pleural catheters.

Selected publications in Bronchoscopy / Interventional Pulmonology

  • Folch E, Santacruz F, et al. Safety and Efficacy of EBUS-Guided TBNA Through the Pulmonary Artery: A Preliminary Report”.
    Chest. 2011; 140:600A
  • Folch E, Santacruz JF. “Rapid Pleurodesis: An outpatient alternative”.
    Chest. 2011 Dec;140(6):1665-6.
  • Santacruz JF, Mehta AC. “Airway complications and management after lung transplantation: ischemia, dehiscence, and stenosis”. Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2009; Jan 15:6(1): 79-93.
  • Santacruz JF, Folch E, Mehta AC. “Silicone and metallic stents in interventional pulmonology”.
    Minerva Pneumol. 2009. 48:243-59.
  • Santacruz JF, Folch E. “Central airway obstruction”.
    British Medical Journal (BMJ) – Point-of-Care, 2013; ( Accessed July 2013.
  • Chua A, Santacruz JF, Gildea TR. “Pulmonary Complications of Cancer Therapy and Central Airway Obstruction”.
    In: Davis, Feyer, Ortner, Zimmerman; Editors.
    Supportive Oncology. 1st Edition. Elsevier Inc. 2011. [Book chapter]
  • Santacruz JF, Pandya D, Folch E. “Central airway obstruction due to an endobronchial B-cell lymphoma: Bilateral stents as a bridge through therapy”.
    17th World Congress of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. June 2012.
  • Modrykamien, AM; Santacruz, JF, et al. “Clopidogrel Airway”.
    Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology. 15(2): 102-103, April 2008.
  • Folch E, Santacruz JF, et al.  Placement of fiducial markers under electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy for stereotactic radiosurgery in post-pneumonectomy patients.”
    17th World Congress of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. June 2012.
  • Fernandez-Bussy S, Santacruz JF, Folch E. “An unusual cause of hemoptysis”.
    17th World Congress of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. June 2012.
  • Garcha PS, Santacruz JF, et al. “Pneumothorax Post Flexible Bronchoscopy”.
    Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011; 183: A2351
  • Rice BL, Culver DA, Lazar CA, Santacruz JF, et al. “An Unusual Case of Stridor: Obstructive Fibrinous Tracheal Pseudomembrane.” Chest. 2010; 138:49A
  • Santacruz JF, Jaber W, et al. “Malignant tracheal-mediastinal-parenchymal-pleural fistula after chemoradiation plus bevacizumab: Management with a Y-silicone stent inside a metallic covered stent.”
    6th World Congress for Bronchology.  June; 2010.
  • Santacruz JF, Jaber W, et al. Dumon “Y” silicone stents for malignant central airway disease: Current use at Cleveland Clinic”.
    16th World Congress for Bronchology. June; 2010.
  • Sahoo D, Santacruz JF, et al. “Airway complication and related management in post lung transplant recipients”.
    16th World Congress for Bronchology. June; 2010.
  • Jaber W, Santacruz JF, et al.  “Stents in Benign Airway Disease: The Cleveland Clinic experience over one year period”.
    16th World Congress for Bronchology. June; 2010.
  • Santacruz JF, Machuzak MS, et al. “Compassionate Use of Endobronchial Valves: Is it really compassionate?”
    Chest, 2009. 136:27S-27S-g.
  • Akkanti B, Santacruz F, Herlihy P. Endobronchial Stromal Polyp Causing Pneumothorax”.
    Chest. 2011; 140:140A
  • Sant CA, Santacruz JF, et al. “Massive hemoptysis from Y stent of a tracheal aortic fistula in a young women with right sided aortic arch and vascular ring”.
    Am J Respir Crit Care Med 181; 2010:A1594.