Division of Surgical Oncology

Melanoma

At the University of Virginia, we have a strong interest in treating patients with melanoma in a multi-disciplinary fashion involving the Departments and Divisions of Surgery, Medical Oncology, Dermatology, and Surgical Pathology. These specialties are represented at our weekly educational conferences where patients are reviewed prospectively to develop treatment plans based on reviews of the histologic sections from their surgery and based on their clinical presentation and response to standard and experimental treatment protocols.

Breast

The Department of Surgery’s breast cancer program partners with specialists across the continuum of care to provide world-class treatment for patients throughout the Commonwealth.  Our experienced breast surgeons specialize exclusively in breast cancer procedures. Meaning that our collective expertise provides patients with the knowledge and tools to successfully combat all stages of breast cancer. The comprehensive array of surgical procedures we perform – including Breast Conserving Surgery, Axillary Surgery, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, and Intra-operative radiation therapy – allows our team to identify and carry out the most effective treatments in our state of the art facilities.

The University of Virginia Breast Center is part of a multi-disciplinary breast program composed of national recognized experts at the University of Virginia who specialize in the treatment of breast cancer. All patients treated at our institution will benefit from the presentation of their case at our weekly multi-disciplinary breast cancer conference. During this weekly conference the care of every breast cancer patient treated at UVA is discussed in detail both before and after surgery. All patient information is reviewed including history, mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI’s, pathology slides, cosmetic, plastic surgical, and social concerns. Our approach assures the best possible outcomes for all patients as it allows for close coordination between the many treating physicians of each patient’s individualized care. All aspects of every patient’s case are reviewed by our specialized physicians and agreed upon including: specific diagnosis, pre-operative evaluation, surgical planning, post-operative care, review of surgical pathology specimens, determination of the need for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and management of long-term follow-up.

For more information on our services please visit the UVA Breast Program Website

Colorectal

The Colon and Rectal Surgery Service exists within the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia to provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from surgical diseases of the colon and rectum. Specifically, it provides up to date diagnostic and therapeutic service for patients with colorectal cancer, including sphincter saving approaches and adjuvant therapy, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticular disease, rectal prolapse, anal sphincter injury, and a wide variety of benign anorectal conditions including hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistula-in-ano. Additionally, the service provides complete diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy, as well as laparoscopic colon surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM). State of the art ostomy care is also available from Certified Enterostomal Therapists.

Gastrointestinal

The Gastrointestinal Surgical Service has been active within the Department of Surgery and provides comprehensive care for patients that are suffering from surgical diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. This group works in close cooperation with members of the Cancer Center, the Digestive Health Center, the Women’s Center as well as other Surgical Services including the Laparoscopy Center. Specifically, patients are seen and evaluated in clinic, receive either surgical or non-surgical evaluation and are evaluated postoperatively on an acute or chronic basis. Diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal disease including benign or malignant diagnosis are seen and evaluated by the Gastrointestinal Surgical Group.

Additionally, this service provides complete diagnostic and therapeutic use of laparoscopy for diverse problems such as gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps, and cancer. The Gastrointestinal Surgery Group also works closely with many members of the Colo-rectal Surgery Group.

We strive to provide a full range of educational opportunities for physicians, nurses and patients in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease and are active in the recruitment of patients for up-to-date clinical protocol for evaluation of therapeutic diagnostic modalities.