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Published: 10/09/2012

 

A Unique Approach to Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment

Dr. Zuckerman of St. Vincent's Lebo-DeSantie Center

Widely respected hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgeon Randall Zuckerman, MD, FACS, has joined the Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease at the St. Vincent’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care.

The new medical director brings extensive experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary system using state-of-the-art technology featured at the center.

Each year, almost 80,000 cases of HPB cancers are diagnosed in the United States, and the complexity of these diseases requires a multidisciplinary approach to developing an effective, comprehensive treatment plan for each patient.

St. Vincent’s highly skilled gastroenterologists, radiologists, endocrinologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and pathologists work collaboratively at the center to provide our patients with the most advanced methods and strategies available to combat these diseases.

“Our goal at the Lebo-DeSantie Center is to provide compassionate, collaborative and patient-centered care for people with ailments of the liver and pancreas,” said Dr. Zuckerman.

“We aim to provide patients and their families with state-of-the-art treatments and patient navigation, including minimally invasive surgical resection, radiofrequency and microwave ablation, interventional radiology, stereotactic body radiosurgery, biliary stenting, genetic testing and an integrative survivorship program. Kenneth Mauer, MD - Division Chief, Gastroenterology, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT

“This multidisciplinary, collaborative approach will enhance our ability to diagnose and treat these complex diseases. Our mission is to bring together the considerable resources and skills that we have at the local level to provide state-of- the-art care to this community.”

Kenneth Mauer, MD,
Division Chief, Gastroenterology

Expertise Across All Disciplines

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Zuckerman has maintained a focus on both surgical and minimally invasive therapies and writes regularly in peer-reviewed journals. He is joined by a comprehensive panel of experts representing the many disciplines required to care for complex problems of the liver and pancreas.

 “It is common for patients with liver and pancreatic cancer to be referred outside of the area for treatment,” said Dr. Zuckerman. “It is important for patients and their families to know that comprehensive care can be found at the Lebo-DeSantie Center.” St. Vincent’s is recognized as a high volume center for pancreatic cancer.

Typically, patients treated at high volume centers have better outcomes with less post-operative complications. Patients at the Lebo-DeSantie Center are afforded these benefits as a result of the efforts of their specialists to provide them with seamless care and attention - from onset through survivorship.

To learn more:

Call the Lebo-DeSantie Center: 203-576-6141Visit the Lebo-DeSantie Center’s website: www.stvincents.org/LDC
Call the Patient Referral Line: 1-877-231-SWIM (7946)

Follow Dr. Zuckerman on http://twitter.com @RZuckermanMD

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