Dr. Paul H. Sugarbaker, a gastrointestinal surgical oncologist, is currently serving as the Director of Surgical Oncology at the Washington Cancer Institute. The prestigious institute is located in the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.
He began his career by earning his Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and then went on to attend medical school at Cornell University Medical College. He completed his Surgical Residency Program at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and was named Surgical Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Sugarbaker completed his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boson, and later earned a M.A. degree in Immunology from Harvard University.
After receiving his master’s degree, Dr. Sugarbaker worked as a Research Trainee in Basic Surgical Sciences at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He then left Boston to work as a Senior Investigator and then as Head of the Colorectal Cancer Section in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Sugarbaker has also served as the Director of Surgical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine, as well as the Medical Director at Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center in the nation’s capital. He has held his current position as the Director of Surgical Oncology since 1993.
Currently, he specializes in the treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma by using a combination of cytoreductive surgery with intraperitoneal and systemic chemotherapy. He is also involved in the study of rare diseases such as pseudomyxoma peritonei, peritoneal mesothelioma, abdominal sarcomas, and peritoneal carcinomatosis.
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