State-of-the-art cancer care requires the expertise of many specialists including surgical oncology, medical oncology and radiation oncology to name a few. This team approach to the cancer patient is commonly referred to as multidisciplinary care. The Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery is devoted to the concept of multidisciplinary care. In addition, we take an active leadership role in the University of North Carolina Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program, the Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program and the Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Oncology Program.
The Division of Surgical Oncology is the surgical arm of the nationally recognized Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. We currently have eight faculty attending surgical oncologists who have all completed a Society of Surgical Oncology-approved surgical oncology fellowship. We also have four board certified nurse practitioners who provide excellent clinical care and are a valuable patient education resource.
The mission of the Division of Surgical Oncology is to provide state-of-the-art cancer care and to improve cancer care, both locally and nationally, through laboratory research and translation of these results into clinical care. To do this, we are dedicated to both basic science and clinical research. The Division of Surgical Oncology is actively involved in basic science research in collaboration with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are also involved in a number of clinical trials, both locally and in conjunction with national cooperative groups. The Division of Surgical Oncology is also committed to providing education and research opportunities for the next generation of health care providers. We work with medical students, surgical residents, doctoral and post-doctoral students to provide research opportunities with the goal of establishing a foundation for future contributions to the field of medicine.