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Dr. Sugarbaker was raised in the mid-west. His elementary and high school education was in Jefferson City, Missouri. He attended college at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He graduated from Cornell University Medical College and went from there for his surgical training to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. This is the Harvard University Program in Surgery. Here, he studied with Francis Daniels Moore, MD and went on to become the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow in Surgery at Harvard. He received in 1983 a Masters Degree in Immunology by studying tumor immunology at the Harvard School of Arts and Sciences. He was at the National Institutes of Health as a Senior Investigator from 1976 to 1986. After three years in Atlanta at the Emory Clinic he moved back to Washington, DC to become the Director of the Washington Cancer Institute. After a little more than three years at this position he became Director of the Program in Peritoneal Surface Oncology at the Washington Cancer Institute. He holds that title until the present time. Currently, his clinical and investigative work is directed at the peritoneal surface component of cancer. His interests are in gastrointestinal cancer especially appendiceal malignancy and peritoneal mesothelioma. Dr. Sugarbaker is a strong critic of current surgical tradition. He believes that major changes in the technology of cancer resection are necessary. Chemosurgery (cytoreductive surgery plus hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) are grossly underutilized by the practicing cancer surgeon. His theme, "Its what the surgeon doesn see that kills the patient," summarizes the concepts behind his 850 publications in the oncologic literature.
His interests are in gastrointestinal cancer especially appendiceal malignancy and peritoneal mesothelioma. Dr. Sugarbaker is a strong critic of current surgical tradition.
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