Together, the Division of General Surgery and the Division of Surgical Oncology bring an array of specialty care to the Texas Medical Center.
Services within the Division of General Surgery, led by Clinical Vice Chair, Dr. William E. Fisher, include a leading-edge Endocrine Surgery Section, a highly rated Weight Loss and Metabolic Center, minimally invasive colorectal surgery and top-notch acute care at multiple affiliated hospitals.
Experienced breast surgeons, in collaboration with the Smith Breast Center, a major component of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, offer advanced surgical oncology options for breast cancer patients, including nipple-skin sparing mastectomies and breast conservation surgery. Division of Surgical Oncology faculty, armed with broad surgical oncology expertise, lead groundbreaking translational research to effectively address the clinical needs of their patients and contribute to the advancement of cancer treatment worldwide.
Our general surgery residency program remains one of the best in the country. The program now offers a Global Surgery Track for surgical residents to receive international and rural training in non-traditional specialties. Surgery residents rotate on the surgical oncology service with division faculty, gaining clinical and operative experience in caring for patients with hepatobiliary, pancreatic, colorectal, other gastrointestinal, breast, sarcoma, melanoma, and neuroendocrine malignancies. Teaching occurs in the operating theaters, at the bedside, and in the clinic where residents participate in the real-time multidisciplinary treatment planning.
Developing novel approaches for cancer gene therapy, immunotherapy, non-invasive radiofrequency field therapy to enhance tumor blood flow and produce modulated tumor-specific hyperthermia, use of nanotechnology to improve cancer detection, and robotic surgery are among the division's several basic science research pursuits. As a result of these research efforts and more, patients of the Divisions of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology receive specialized diagnostic assessment; access to the newest treatment modalities, including clinical trials of new pharmacologic therapies and emerging surgical techniques; and coordinated follow-up of their care at all of our clinical sites.