Surgical Oncology Unit

Staff members in the Surgical Oncology unit are:

A surgical oncology fellowship will be starting in July 2017.

Patients are referred through the Cancer Assessment Centre (CAC), Surgical Oncology single stream and Melanoma. The Surgical Oncology team provides specialized consultation and management of patients including:

  • suspected abdominal malignancy requiring further diagnostic work up for
  • suspected or confirmed GI malignancies including colorectal, small bowel,
    gastric, and carcinoid tumours
  • melanoma for surgical management
  • cancer patients requiring consideration for surgical palliation
  • urgent endoscopic evaluation for suspected malignancy
  • abdominal/retroperitoneal masses NYD
  • suspected or confirmed soft tissue sarcoma and GIST
  • cancer metastases (retroperitoneal/abdominal, excluding hepatic) requiring  consideration for surgical resection

The surgical oncology unit is the only centre in the region to perform retroperitoneal sarcoma surgery.

The staff members are actively involved in the education of undergraduate medical students and postgraduate trainees (residents and fellows) and in continuing professional development for physicians in practice.

Recent Highlights and Honours for the surgical oncology subspecialty unit include the following:

  • Dr. Rebecca Auer
    • appointed Executive Member of National Cancer Institute of Canada
      Clinical Trials Group
    • appointed Research Director for the Division of General Surgery
    • invited to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Surgical Research
    • received the University of Ottawa Distinguished Young Professor
    • received the Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator
      Award (2014-2015)
    • recipient of the University of Ottawa Tier 2 Clinical Research Chair in Perioperative Cancer Therapeutics
  • Dr. Carolyn Nessim
    • appointed as a Clinical Investigator at OHRI in the Cancer
      Therapeutics program (//
    • Program Director for the Surgical Oncology Subspecialty Fellowship Training Program
    • Appointed member of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, Canadian Clinical Trials Group
    • Chair of the Melanoma Communities of Practice of the Regional Cancer Program
    • Member of the Trans-Atlantic Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group
    • Member of Cancer Care Ontario's Melanoma Guidelines Working Group
    • Member of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB)
  • Dr. Shaheer Tadros

A list of research by the staff members of the surgical oncology unit is provided in the General Surgery Division Research section of the website.