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Surgical Oncology

Recognizing the central role that surgical oncology plays in the primary treatment of solid tumors and its scholarly contribution to understanding their behavior, the University of Illinois at Chicago has established the Department of Surgical Oncology, one of the first of its kind in the country.

The department is headed by Tapas K. Das Gupta, MD, PhD, DSc. Under his leadership, clinicians and basic scientists pursue research with direct clinical relevance, bridging the gap between laboratory science and clinical research. We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in patient care, research, and education in the field of Surgical Oncology. Here is where the Surgical Oncologists of the future are trained in the most effective cancer treatments and young scientists are trained to develop translational oncology research.

Through the combination of a distinguished multi-disciplinary faculty, programmatic research, and a unique computer database, the Department of Surgical Oncology is ideally positioned to help advance cancer research.

We serve about 6,500 patients per year. We focus on multi-disciplinary cancer research which can be quickly brought to the bedside for patient treatment. Our team of clinicians and basic scientists work together in harmony with only one objective: helping cancer patients and their families.