Surgical Oncology

The Division of Surgical Oncology contributes to the training of general surgery residents through the OHSU Department of Surgery and also directs tumor boards in GI cancers, breast cancer and melanoma. The boards contribute to the overall training of residents and fellows in medicine, surgery, radiation medicine and medical oncology.

What you can expect

Education is central in our division. Our faculty expect rotating residents and medical students to become very familiar with the staging and evaluation of a variety of tumors. Residents will learn how adjuvant therapies are integrated with appropriate surgical treatment. We place great emphasis on understanding the goals of cancer therapy, and using these goals as the framework for clinical decision-making. By observing our faculty, residents and students also learn how to communicate with patients in a thoughtful, compassionate manner. Finally, the data used for clinical decision-making will be reviewed with appropriate emphasis in a weekly surgical oncology didactic conference.

About the Division of Surgical Oncology

Our faculty members have overlapping and complementary areas of clinical focus. Our division offers services that include the surgical treatment of tumors of the breast, gastrointestinal tract including complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, melanoma, sarcoma and endocrine neoplasia. As surgical oncologists, we coordinate multimodality therapy for patients with our OHSU Knight Cancer Institute colleagues in medical oncology, radiation oncology and other supportive services.

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