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James Cusack, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist and research scientist at MGH and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, specializes in locally advanced, recurrent, and metastatic cancer and is committed to global health equity.
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James Cusack, MD, FACS, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Emory University Medical School who trained in surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He completed a Research Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Surgical Oncology Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2000 he joined the staff at Massachusetts General, the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and the consulting staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. At Massachusetts General, he is Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy (HIPEC) Program and Surgical Oncology Laboratories. He served on the Executive Council of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and was Chair of the SSO Scientific Program Committee. He also served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Symposium Program Committee.
Among Dr. Cusack's awards for his patient care are Boston Super Doctors, Boston Top Doctors, The MGH One Hundred, America's Top Surgeons, America's Top Doctors for Cancer, and Patients' Choice Award.
The Cusack Laboratory has made landmark contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance. Since 1995 Dr. Cusack's research has been funded by NIH, American Cancer Society, biotech, and his patients. Ongoing research topics are biomarkers of resistance and new targets for therapeutic intervention in colorectal and appendiceal cancer, melanoma, and Merkel Cell carcinoma. His bibliography lists over 70 publications, and he serves on numerous editorial boards.
Dr. Cusack is the Director of the MGH Global Surgery Initiative and Co-Chair of the MGH Cancer Center Global Health Committee. He leads the MGH Cancer Care Initiative in Mbarara, Uganda, and is committed to improving access to affordable surgical treatment and multidisciplinary cancer care in resource-limited settings, especially the East African Community.
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The Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital is working with the Mass General Center for Global Health to help strengthen health care infrastructure in developing countries and provide medical and surgical care to those in need.
The MGH Cancer Center recently sent a team to the city of Mbarara in southwestern Uganda to explore a collaboration with the local university and hospital to build a new national referral cancer center.
Massachusetts General Hospital is partnering with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and Coaches vs. Cancer to promote screening and treatment for colorectal cancer.
MGH Hotline 12/05/08: A multidisciplinary team from the MGH Cancer Center recently traveled to Kazakhstan's capitol Astana to work with the city's Department of Health to improve the oncology services at a local hospital.
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