On Cancer: Meet Surgeon Michael D’Angelica

By Memorial Sloan Kettering  |  Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Surgeon Michael D’Angelica – who treats patients with liver, pancreatic, and bile duct cancers – discusses the expertise of Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeons, who routinely perform complex procedures.


Hello, I´m a general surgeon and I made a training in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery, I am currently starting the program HPB surgery and I wonder if it is possible to visit and learn more of your work and learn more about your applying techniques for liver surgery, I would greatly appreciate it will indicate the process to have the opportunity to visit and learn more.
Appreciate your time, have a good week.

Hi, Luis. Please visit the Education and Training section of our website for more information about opportunities for medical professionals. You can find it at If you are from outside the United States, you may be able to participate in our International Observership Program ( Thanks for your comment!

Thanks a lot for the time and attention.

Hello again Dr. D´Angelica, a could talk the last congress in Cancún, Méx with you to the possibility of being with you in the program observership, can I send you my CV by mail to give you more information about me?.
Thank you again, regards.

Hi, Luis, for more information about our International Observership program, you can email Thank you for your comment.

Hello Dr.D'Angelica, I am general surgeon, and I also have experience working in the department for kidney and liver transplantation. I am writing to you in regards to a observership opportunity and would like to know if you had a position available.
After medical school I have completed surgical residency training in Shumakov Research Center of Transplantology and Artificial Organs (Moscow, Russia, ) and was working as a surgeon for 2 years in liver and kidney transplant department since 2010 till 2012. I was also participating in clinical researches in this department focused on pre-/postoperative and immunosuppressive and complications management of patients underwent deceased or relative kidney or deceased liver transplantations.
Dr. D'Angelica, if you could give me the opportunity to acquired more experience in hepatobilary surgery in your hospital, I wound be truly thankful.

Also, I am a student visa holder (F1), thus i have no visa-related issues. I have passed the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CS and am currently preparing for the Step 2 CK.
Appreciate you time, kind regards.

Julia, thank you for your comment. We have forwarded your question to Dr. D'Angelica.

Thank you for a fast reply and your attention.

Hello sir. My 68 y/o Uncle was diagnosied with Pancreatic CA stage 1/2 this past week at Yale New Haven Hospital in CT. His surgeon up there is Ronald Salem. They are planning a whipple procedure. We are trying to get our family to have a second opionion with you at MSK. Tom Faheyt gave us your name. My Uncle wants this surgery immediately. I was wondering if you knew of Dr. Salem? If you did would it be possible if I was able to arrange a call to you for your opionion??
Thank you for your time.

Carol, we are sorry to hear about your uncle's diagnosis. If he would like to make an appointment with one of our specialists, please have him or his caregiver call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225. Here is a link with more information:

Thanks for reaching out to us.

Hello. My 80 year old father is currently a patient at MSK for primary stomach cancer. We live in Eastchester, NY and it was first diagnosed in August, 2014 at White Plains Hospital. It was said to be a contained tumor and my dad was seen by a gastric surgeon at MSK. He was all scheduled for surgery in the fall, but unfortunately, a last minute ct-scan revealed that a few spots had grown on the liver. So, for the past couple of months he has been undergoing treatment (chemo & radiation). Most recently, a ct-scan has indicated that the gastric tumor has resolved (good news), but he still has three spots on his liver (two old and one new). This past Wednesday, he received a new type of chemotherapy. At this time, do you feel surgery for the liver is warranted? Our family would greatly appreciate your opinion. Thank you so much for your time.

Dear Jill, we are sorry to hear about your father. Unfortunately, we can't answer personal medical questions on the blog, but would encourage you to go back to the gastric surgeon he originally saw here for his advice. He is familiar with your dad's medical history and can access his medical records in order to provide a personalized assessment and give an informed recommendation. Thank you for reaching out to us.

My first CAT scan (7/12) showed a 1.5 cm cyst within the uncinate process of the pancreas. The last cat scan (4/14) showed that the cyst is now 1.6 cm.
I had had several Endoscopic Ultra Sound preformed and everything appears stable. Should I be seeing someone at MSKCC? In 2012 I had an operation there for the removal of 2 malignant tumors The whole experience was excellent. I do like the Doctor I have and he appears to be on top of things.
The next step is an MRI which I won't have unless I'm completely sedated.
During one of the EUS he also discovered Barretts esophagus.
Does any of this sound serious enough to be seeing someone at MSKCC?

Hi Eddie, we are unable to answer specific medical questions on our blog, but if you would like to make an appointment with a Memorial Sloan Kettering physician, please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225 or go to Thanks for your comment.

Hi Dr. D'Angelica,
My mom is 56 yrs old, and she has recently ben diagnosed with stage 4 Cholangiocarcinoma, which has spread into her liver. She is being treated with Chemotherapy drugs Gemcitabine & Cisplatin. Her oncologist said it's non operable and she has 10-11 months left. There is no cancer in our family, and the diagnoses is a total shock becasue my mom has always been so healthy. My mom's ocologist said there are no trials being run at the Alberta Cross Cancer Institute. Are there any new teatments, procedures, or clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering for this type of cancer? I feel I am at a lose, so any information you could provide I would greatly appreicate it. Thanks for your time.

Dear Angela, we are sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. We currently have two open clinical trials evaluating treatments for patients with cholangiocarcinoma:

If your mother would like to make an appointment with one of our specialists, please call our International Center. You may use AT&T Direct Access by dialing the access number for the country you are calling from, then dialing 888-675-7722. Or you may E-mail them at .

Thank you reaching out to us.

I would like to know if a lower bile duct obstruction causing jaundice where biopsy's were negative requires a whipple procedure

Dear Fred, unfortunately we cannot offer personal medical advice on our blog. If you would like to make an appointment with one of our experts to discuss your treatment options, contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225. Thank you for reaching out to us.

Hello, my father who's age 57 has a biliary duct obstruction and was recently diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). The doctor said it's stage 4 but has not spread to any of the other organs. It is in both left and right branches however, and there is no point of operating on it because of its stage. He suggested my dad goes through chemo therapy so that he can get some "extra time." The doctor also said if the chemo shrinks the tumor in the bile duct surgery would still not work, something tells otherwise. Are there any other options or steps that we can take? Please let us know. Thank

Angela, thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we are unable to answer specific medical questions on our blog. However, if you would like to find out about other options for your father, by making an appointment with a Memorial Sloan Kettering physician, please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225 or go to Thanks for your comment.

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