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Research

The Division of Surgical Oncology care has an active basic science and clinical research program. Our multidisciplinary approach benefits from the involvement of colleagues from several departments across the UC San Diego School of Medicine. most of our studies use molecularly targeted or other novel therapeutics not offered anywhere else in the nation.

Current research topics include:

  • New clinical trials for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma; peritoneal malignancies; and an oncolytic viral study for patients with high risk solid tumors
  • Pancreatic cancer research, including the RON Receptor in Pancreatic Cancer Biology and Therapy; Musashi-mediated control of pancreatic cancer growth and progression; and Irreversible electroporation as an in situ vaccine for pancreatic cancer
  • GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumors) research: Targeting Imatinib-Resistant, KIT-Negative Cells in Human GISTs
  • Fluorescence-Guided Surgery and Fluorescence Detection of Breast Cancer
  • Stem Cell Tracking after Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping via Fluorescence Detection

Faculty Research Portfolios

Andrew M. Lowy, MD, FACS

Andrew M. Lowy, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology

Joel Baumgartner, MD

Joel Baumgartner, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Michael Bouvet, MD, FACS

Michael Bouvet, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director of Endocrine Surgery

Jason Sicklick, MD

Jason Sicklick, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Anne Wallace, MD

Rebekah White, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery

Yuan Chen, Ph.D.

Yuan Chen, PhD
Professor
Department of Surgery and Moores Cancer Center