About Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology is a specialty that focuses on the surgical treatment of a variety of tumors, the most common being breast cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic and gastric cancer, liver tumors, melanoma, and endocrine tumors. Surgical oncology requires a specialized two year training program after a general surgery residency. Currently training comes from programs approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) SURGONC.org. Dr. Ellenhorn graduated from the prestigious SSO-certified Surgical Oncology Training Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center MSKCC.org and he directed the SSO-certified Surgical Oncology Training Program at City of Hope for 10 years. mskcc.org. The American Board of Surgery (ABS) has received approval to offer a new subspecialty certificate in complex general surgical oncology.

Surgical oncologists provide the most sophisticated and comprehensive cancer care, because of their training, experience and expertise in treating cancer. Because surgical oncologists understand the multidisciplinary aspects of cancer care, treatment recommendations are based on the latest advances in surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Surgical Oncologists meet regularly with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, to review and coordinate patient care in a multidisciplinary approach. This coordinated team approach has been proven to increase cure rates and reduce the complications and long term side effects of cancer care.

What is Surgical Oncology?

Surgical oncology is a specialty that focuses on the surgical treatment of a variety of tumors, the most common being breast cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic and gastric cancer, liver tumors, melanoma, and endocrine tumors. Surgical oncology requires a specialized two year training program after a general surgery residency. Currently training comes from programs approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). Dr. Ellenhorn graduated from the prestigious SSO-certified Surgical Oncology Training Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center MSKCC.org and he directed the SSO-certified Surgical Oncology Training Program at City of Hope for 10 years. mskcc.org. The American Board of Surgery (ABS) has received approval to offer a new subspecialty certificate in complex general surgical oncology. Learn more about surgical oncology »

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Dr. Ellenhorn’s Recent Publications

2012.Oxner CR, Vora L, Yim J, Kruper L, Ellenhorn JDI. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided breast biopsy in lesions not visualized by mammogram or ultrasound. American Surgeon 2012 78:1087-1090 2012.Learn More »
2012.Arrington AK, Nelson R, Chen SL, Ellenhorn JDI, Garcia-Aguilar J, Kim J. The Evolution of Surgical Technique for Total Gastrectomy Over a 12-Year Period: A Single Institution's Experience. American Surgeon 2012 78:1054-1058 2012.Learn More »
2012. Blache CA, Manuel ER, Kaltcheva TI, Wong AN, Ellenhorn JDI, Blazar BR, Diamond DJ. Systemic Delivery of Salmonella Typhimurium Transformed with IDO shRNA Enhances Intratumoral Vector Colonization and Suppresses Tumor Growth. Cancer Res. 72:6447-6456 2012.Learn More »
2013.Aronowitz JA, Ellenhorn JDI. Adipose Stromal Vascular Fraction Isolation: A Head-to-Head Comparison of Four Commercial Cell Separation Systems. Plast Reconstr Surg. 132:932-939 2013.Learn More »
2013.Ellenhorn JDI. When it comes to the efficacy of metastasectomy, biology is king. Oncology (Williston Park). 27:1051, 2013.Learn More »

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