Surgical Oncology

oncology group

Faculty in the Section of Surgical Oncology carry out comprehensive cancer patient care for a broad array of malignancies. This is often performed in collaboration with members from the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Division of Hematology/Oncology, making a variety of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available to the patients. The Section of Surgical Oncology treats patients with neoplasms arising in the breast, colon/rectum/anus, endocrine glands (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas), esophagus, head & neck, lymph nodes, skin (melanoma and non-melanoma), salivary glands, soft tissues (sarcoma)

Services offered include :

  • consultation for primary or second opinion
  • lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • breast conservation therapy
  • complex laparoscopic procedures for tumors and associated conditions of the adrenal glands, colon, small intestine, spleen
  • hepatic tumor therapy including intra-arterial infusion pump (HAIP), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), cryotherapy
  • complex procedures for tumors and associated conditions of the upper aerodigestive tract
  • thyroid cancer surgery and Iodine 131 therapy
  • isolated limb perfusion
  • clinical research protocols for treatment and prevention, studies include unique UAB protocols as well as multi-institutional programs through CALGB, ACSOG, RTOG, NSABP, and the NCI

Surgical services offered include, but are not limited to the following diseases or disorders:



Martin J. Heslin, M.D.

Interests: Gastrointestinal cancers - esophagus cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreas cancer, bile duct cancer, colon cancer and rectum cancer; soft tissue sarcoma; endocrine diseases - thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas and adrenal. GI surgery - novel laparoscopic approaches to adrenalectomy and splenectomy and radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors; research in colorectal cancer, colorectal hepatic metastases and soft tissue sarcoma


Kirby I. Bland, M.D.

Interests: Breast disease and breast cancer; colon/rectal disease; surgical oncology; melanoma; sarcoma; general surgery; surgical endocrinology; and thyroid cancer


Carlo M. Contreras, M.D.

Interests: Melanoma, gastrointestinal tumors (stomach, liver, pancreas, bile duct, gall bladder, colon and rectum), pancreatic cysts, soft tissue sarcoma, neuroendocrine cancer, adrenal tumors; minimally invasive surgery, and tumor ablation


Helen Krontiras, M.D.

Interests: Benign breast disease, malignant breast disease, breast cancer risk assessment, and breast cancer prevention


sushanth reddy

Sushanth Reddy, M.D.

Interests: Gastrointestinal cancers (esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, bile duct, gall bladder, colon and rectum), pancreatic cysts, soft tissue sarcoma, endocrine disease (pancreas and adrenal); laparoscopic approaches to abdominal cancers, and radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors



Marshall M. Urist, M.D.

Interests: Surgical oncology, breast cancer, breast carcinoma, melanoma, sarcoma


Thomas N. Wang, M.D., Ph.D

Interests: Endocrine diseases, hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies, neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract, soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma and spleen. Multidisciplinary treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. Research in pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and hepatic colorectal metastases