Division of Surgical Oncology

The Division of Surgical Oncology is headed by Flavio Rocha, M.D., FACS, FSSO, and comprised of a group of 11 faculty members and a superb group of support staff. We have 10 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 melanoma treatment and novel therapies for cancer patients including Hepatic Arterial Infusion - while continuing to provide an exceptional patient experience and a collaborative environment for learners and scholarly effort.


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 Surgery Fellowship

    As a university hospital, OHSU and the Department of Surgery are dedicated to the education and training of new surgeons. Surgical Oncology division head Flavio Rocha, M.D., directs our Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery Fellowship Program. 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.

    Learn more about the HPB Surgery fellowship Program and how to apply.


    Our faculty 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.

      Clinical Expertise

      We operate within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and are recognized as international leaders in personalized medicine, diagnostics and cancer research. Surgical Oncology provides consultations, treatment planning, surgical care and follow-up services for adult patients with solid tumors. Our 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. 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.  Our clinic is located at OHSU's South Waterfront location.

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