I am a surgical oncologist who cares for patients with benign and malignant (cancerous) diseases of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas. Many of my patients have cancer that has spread (metastasized) from the colon to the liver. I also treat benign pancreatic tumors, which do not necessarily merit immediate removal but should be carefully watched for any changes that warrant surgery.
The cancers that I treat are rare and many forms were once thought to be incurable. But because of innovative research largely done by our institution, as well as close collaborations with radiologists and medical oncologists, I can often offer people a good chance at long-term survival and, in many cases, cure. Our team of seven board-certified surgeons currently performs between 800 and 1,000 cancer-related operations annually on these tumor types.
I became a cancer surgeon in part because I find cancer a complicated and fascinating disease, but also because surgery is an exciting — and constantly evolving — tool for treating it. Now more than a decade into my career, I find that what I value most are the relationships that I have with my patients —working with them, often for many years, to find the best way to fight their disease with their particular needs and lifestyle in mind.