Daniel G. Coit, MD, FACS

Daniel G. Coit, MD, FACS

I am a surgical oncologist whose primary area of clinical and research interest is melanoma. In 1991, I introduced lymph-node mapping and sentinel lymph-node biopsy for melanoma and other selected skin cancers. Together, these procedures can determine during surgery whether a tumor has spread to surrounding lymph nodes. Using lymph node mapping, we can pinpoint the precise lymph node into which a nearby tumor is likely to travel first (called the sentinel node). If a biopsy of the sentinel node indicates cancer spread, the surrounding lymph nodes are removed. But if there is no evidence of cancer in the sentinel node, patients are spared from additional lymph node surgery.

My research has focused primarily on detecting and defining the clinical significance of individual melanoma cells in the sentinel lymph nodes, blood, and bone marrow of melanoma patients, with the goal of identifying patients at highest risk of cancer recurrence following surgery to remove a melanoma.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

General Surgical Oncology; Melanoma; Sarcoma; Pancreatic Cancer; Gastric Cancer

Languages Spoken

MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


New England Deaconess Hospital


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications


Publications by Daniel G. Coit


Book Chapters
“Technique of hyperthermic isolation limb perfusion.” Coit DG. In: Atlas of Surgical Oncology. Monson JRT, Donohue JH, van Heerden JA, eds. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific ; 1995: 45-49.

“Malignant melanoma.” Coit DG: In: Conn’s Current Therapy. Rakel RE, ed.  Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1997: 818-820.

“Isolated perfusion of extremity tumors.” Fraker D, Coit DG. In: Regional Therapy of Advanced Cancer. Lotze M et. al, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1997: 333-349.

“Regional chemotherapy of melanoma.” Brady MS, Coit DG. In: Regional Chemotherapy Clinical Research and Practice. Markman M, ed. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2000: 33-55.

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