The Division of Surgical Oncology specializes in the treatment of soft tissue, gastrointestinal, and endocrine cancers integrating advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques into surgical practice. Under the leadership of Steven A. Curley, M.D., faculty surgeons, armed with broad surgical oncology expertise will continue to leverage ground breaking translational research to effectively address the clinical needs of their patients.
Pioneering applications of transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) represent one example of division surgeons bringing innovative surgical techniques to the bedside. TEM allows highly skilled surgeons to use specially designed microsurgical instruments to excise lesions high inside the rectum that otherwise would be accessible only by major abdominal surgery. Faculty surgeons at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center using TEM to both treat and prevent colorectal cancer are among the few specialists in the nation to offer this alternative to radical abdominal surgery.