Surgical Oncologists have undergone additional specialty training in oncology, and offer the highest degree of specialization and expertise. Liver surgery is generally considered complex surgery and published data have demonstrated that hospitals and surgeons with the highest volume experience with specific operations have the lowest complication and death rates. Recognizing the relationship between frequency of performing an operation and the quality of outcomes, each liver surgeon in the Division of Surgical Oncology focuses his clinical practice on the management of one or two diseases.
The Liver Surgery Program in Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital offers expert liver surgery in the context of a multidisciplinary team. Patients with liver tumors are evaluated in Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancer's multidisciplinary sessions, where they can meet with a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiologist, hepatologists, and have their x-rays and pathology slides reviewed, and receive definitive treatment recommendations in a single visit. The members of this multidisciplinary team are on the leading edge in care of cancers of the liver, and offer participation in many clinical trials. The liver surgeons in Surgical Oncology are highly specialized, highly experienced, and nationally recognized experts.
Specialized operations offered by liver surgeons in Surgical Oncology include: