Division of Surgical Oncology

The Division of Surgical Oncology is comprised of a group of nine faculty members and a superb group of support staff. We have seven surgical oncologists, a Ph.D. researcher and Advanced Practice Providers. We are surgical oncology fellowship-trained and one of the first groups to provide surgical oncology services on the west coast.

Together we provide the complete spectrum of surgical oncology care and have been recognized for our exceptional patient experience ratings. Our current focus is on new clinic programs - such as HAIP, Melanoma treatment and novel therapies for cancer patients, such as Hepatic Arterial Infusion - while continuing to provide an exceptional patient experience and a collaborative environment for learners and scholarly effort.

    Education

    Education is a central part of our division's culture. All faculty are involved in weekly educational conferences, resident and medical student mentoring as well as outreach programs offering CME credits to community physicians. 

      Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Fellowship

      As a university hospital, OHSU and the Department of Surgery are dedicated to the education and training of new surgeons. Abdominal Organ Transplantation Division Head Susan Orloff, M.D., directs our Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Fellowship Program together with co-director C. Kristian Enestvedt, M.D. The OHSU HPB fellowship program is designed to draw from the multidisciplinary strengths of faculty members in abdominal organ transplant/hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgery, surgical oncology, and general surgery. The fellowship is aimed to complete the specialty training of well-trained general surgeons.

      Research

      We contribute significantly to a host of research endeavors including breast cancer, Immunotherapy and stem cell biology. Our residents have won awards at regional and national society meetings.

      Surgical Oncology focuses on the surgical management of tumors and especially cancerous tumors. Because tumors can develop in any number of locations in the body, surgical oncologists frequently operate alongside other surgical and medical specialists in various fields.

      The Department of Surgery's team of surgical oncologists operate within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and are recognized as international leaders in personalized medicine, diagnostics and cancer research.

        Clinical Expertise

        Surgical Oncology provides consultations, treatment planning, surgical care and follow-up services for adult patients with solid tumors. The surgical oncologists are all fellowship-trained cancer surgeons. The surgical oncology team has particular experience in the management of difficult recurrent or metastatic tumors and provides surgical support to medical oncology patients, including performing a variety of vascular access procedures.

        Our areas of expertise include:

        • Breast cancer
        • Melanoma
        • Sarcoma
        • Tumors of the GI tract
        • Pancreas
        • Liver
        • Endocrine system
        • Carcinoid
        • Thyroid and parathyroid cancer
        • Peritoneal Malignancies

        Our procedures include:

        • Sentinel lymph node mapping for breast cancer and melanoma
        • Skin-sparing mastectomy and oncoplastic breast surgery
        • Sphincter-preserving surgery for rectal cancer
        • Radiofrequency ablation for liver tumors
        • Complex liver and biliary tract cancer surgery
        • Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
        • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
        • Surgical therapy for soft tissue tumors and sarcoma
        • Surgical therapy for pancreatic tumors
        • Groin and axillary dissections for metastatic cancers
        • Coordinated operations with Plastic Surgery for large extirpations requiring immediate or delayed reconstruction
        • Vascular access for chemotherapy
        • Intraoperative radiotherapy
        • Minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery
        • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of thyroid nodules
        • Ultrasound imaging for monitoring and diagnosing thyroid and parathyroid tumors and goiters

        Our faculty