Jeffrey E. Lee, M.D.
Surgery is a vital part of care for many patients with cancer. It can help doctors diagnose and stage disease, treat it, relieve symptoms and prevent cancer from spreading or returning. The Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson treats patients with a wide variety of malignant and benign tumors. The department comprises numerous specialty sections:
- Acute care general and palliative surgical oncology
- Colorectal surgery
- Endocrine surgery
- Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery
- Melanoma surgery
- Pediatric surgery
- Sarcoma surgery
These sections provide assessments, treatment planning and surgical services to cancer patients to improve survival, shorten recovery times and minimize treatment-related side effects. Each section strives to better identify patients who can benefit from surgery, and to advance and implement new surgical techniques. In particular, they are broadening the use of minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic techniques to lessen the impact of surgery on patients.
Our constant drive for improvement, innovation and excellence is one of the major reasons our surgeons are amongst the best in the country.
Jeffrey E. Lee, M.D.
Chair, Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology has numerous exceptional fellowships. Its hallmark Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a two- to three-year program and hosts seven new fellows each year. It is directed by Elizabeth Grubbs, M.D., associate professor of Surgical Oncology, and has had 244 graduates since 1989. The HPB Surgery Fellowship is directed by Thomas Aloia, M.D., associate professor of Surgical Oncology, and has had three graduates since 2013; the Surgical Endocrinology Fellowship is directed by Nancy Perrier,M.D., professor of Surgical Oncology, and has had eight graduates since 2009; and the new International Surgical Oncology Fellowship, also directed by Aloia, has had one graduate since 2013.
The department also has a grant to train eight academic surgical oncologists each year in cancer research. Finally, it has surgery residents from six Houston programs rotate through its services each year and medical students who rotate through monthly