Oncology

A Clinical Study for Stage III Pancreatic Cancer

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9 Physicians located who are associated with DIRECT Study.
Malcolm M. Bilimoria, MD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    880 West Central Road
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
  • Phone
    (847) 483-9400
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria, MD is a pancreas and hepatobiliary surgeon practicing in Arlington Heights, IL and has been practicing in this capacity for 22 years. He completed his surgical training at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and his surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Currently he is the Director of The Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Disease, which specializes in treating the pancreas, liver and bile duct cancers. Dr. Bilimoria has performed more than 2500 complex pancreas and liver surgeries.


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Debashish Bose, MD, PhD, FACS
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    1400 South Orange Ave.
    Orlando, FL 32806
  • Phone
    321-841-3508
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Debashish Bose, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Pancreas Center at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center.  He is also the chief of GI Surgical Oncology in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Specialty Section at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center.  Dr. Bose is board-certified in general surgery and holds a specialty certificate in surgical oncology. He specializes in surgery of the pancreas, liver, stomach and upper abdomen.  Dr. Bose has been part of the center’s Multidisciplinary GI Oncology team since 2010.  Since then, Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center has developed into a high-volume specialist center for cancers of the pancreas and liver.  Dr. Bose and his colleagues have also developed specialized programs such as the Borderline Resectable program for pancreatic cancer and liver resection for metastatic neuroendocrine cancers.

Dr. Bose graduated from Princeton University, after which he attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine for medical school and graduate school.  He completed his residency in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Bose then completed the fellowship in surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  As a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award in Cancer Research, Dr. Bose also completed his postdoctoral research fellowship in cancer biology. 

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Steven Curley, MD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    520 E Douglas Blvd
    Tyler, TX 75702
  • Phone
    903-606-4300
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Curley is the Oncology Institute Director and Chief of Surgical Oncology at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, TX.  He was previously a Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas as well as a Professor in Nano- Materials Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He received his M.D. from University of Texas Medical School, completed his Surgical Oncology training at The University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and completed his surgical residency at University of New Mexico Hospitals, Albuquerque, NM.  

Dr. Curley’s clinical duties involve providing surgical care for patients with hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal malignancies. When Dr. Curley is not operating on patients, consulting or seeing patients for follow up visits, he spends his time on clinical and laboratory research. His research involves design, bench testing, preclinical testing, and then clinical testing of several new medical devices, including radio frequency ablation of liver tumors. The laboratory combines physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and bioengineering to produce a state-of-the-art approach to novel cancer treatment. 

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Chet Hammill, MD, MCR, FACS
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    660 South Euclid Ave
    Saint Louis, MO 63110
  • Phone
    314-273-1809
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Chet Hammill, MD, MCR, FACS, is a board-certified physician and surgeon specializing in Liver, Bile Duct and Pancreas Surgery.  He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Dr. Hammill attended college and medical school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 2002 and completing medical school in 2004. He completed his general surgery training at the University of Hawaii in 2009, and subsequently completed a two-year Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery Fellowship at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Hammill also holds a Master of Clinical Research degree from Oregon Health & Science University.

Dr. Hammill actively participates in research and has multiple peer-reviewed publications. His current areas of research include: minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, image-guided surgery, ablation therapies and immunotherapy in liver and pancreas cancer. 

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Peter Hosein, MBBS
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    1475 NW 12th Ave, Suite 3400
    Miami, FL 33136
  • Phone
    305-243-3462
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Hosein is a clinical researcher focused on Gastrointestinal Cancers at the University of Miami Hospital, FL. He has been the principal investigator for multiple phase I and II clinical trials for patients with liver and pancreatic cancers conducted at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has also participated as a co-investigator in national phase III clinical trials in pancreatic and colorectal cancers. His primary research interest is in neoadjuvant therapy for patients with localized pancreatic cancer, and novel therapies for metastatic pancreatic cancer.


Dr. Hosein received his medical degree from University of the West Indies in Trinidad, completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and his fellowship at UM-JMH Division of Hematology/Oncology.  He sees patients with cancers of the esophagus, stomach, liver, bile ducts, pancreas, small bowel, colon, rectum and anal canal, as well and gastrointestinal neuroendocrine cancers. Dr. Hosein works closely with surgical oncologists, colorectal surgeons, radiation oncologists and interventional radiologists at Sylvester to coordinate multidisciplinary care for patients with gastrointestinal cancers.

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Alexander Y. Kim, MD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    3800 Reservoir Rd NW
    Washington, DC 20007
  • Phone
    (202) 444-3450
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Alexander Kim, MD, is the division chief of Interventional Radiology and an associate professor of Radiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kim received his medical degree from Drexel College of Medicine in 2003 and completed his residency and fellowship in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He also completed a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. He joined the division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in 2012 and currently serves as the program director for the residency program.

Dr. Kim's primary clinical focus is minimally invasive therapies for various cancers. His practice scope includes treatment of primary and secondary liver cancers using a wide variety of therapies, including transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), transarterial radioembolization (TARE), and percutaneous ablation. He also treats primary pancreatic cancer with a novel therapy called irreversible electroporation (IRE). He is involved in a number of clinical trials for primary and secondary liver cancers as well as in minimally invasive treatments of pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

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Robert C.G. Martin, MD, PhD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    315 E. Broadway
    M10 - Rm#311
    Louisville, KY 40202
  • Phone
    502-629-3355
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Robert C.G. Martin, MD, PhD, Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary and Surgical Oncology at the University of Louisville

Dr. Robert C. G. Martin has been a pioneer in IRE clinical use and outcomes. He performed the first case of IRE in the pancreas in 2009 and has performed over 325 cases since then,  He has published over 20 peer review manuscripts in IRE of the pancreas and liver. He is Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Martin has been a leader in multidisciplinary cancer patient care and is responsible for many advances at the University of Louisville. His areas of interest include liver tumors (ablations, laparoscopic and open resections), pancreatic, gastric and colon cancers Dr. Robert C.G. Martin, MD, PhD, Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary and Surgical Oncology at the University of Louisville(laparoscopic and open surgery), esophageal cancer (laparoscopic, open and endoscopic stenting and ablation), bile duct tumors, sarcoma and melanoma. Dr. Martin received his M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and his surgical oncology training and hepatopancreatic-biliary training from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and his PhD from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


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Govindarajan Narayanan, MD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    8900 N Kendall Drive
    Miami, FL 33176
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Renowned Interventional radiologist Govindarajan Narayanan, M.D., is a part of two of Baptist Health South Florida’s premiere service lines – Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, the area’s largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility, and Miami Cancer Institute, a next-generation cancer center and Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, where he serves as the Chief of Interventional Oncology. He is a Professor of Radiology at the Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Dr. Narayanan has a wealth of academic, clinical and research expertise. He was the founding chair of the Department of Interventional Radiology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and held the titles of Professor of Interventional Radiology and Professor of Urology. A member of numerous professional and honorary organizations, he is also a pioneer in his field, developing the technique of percutaneous irreversible electroporation (IRE) of the pancreas.

Dr. Narayanan is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in interventional radiology. He is widely published in prestigious medical journals such as Cancer, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology and serves as a reviewer and editor for several scientific publications. His published work on Percutaneous IRE of the pancreas was honored as a distinguished study of the year at the 2018 Society of Interventional Radiology Annual meeting. He also is an invited faculty member and speaker at several national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Narayanan’s primary clinical and research interests include pancreatic, liver and colon cancer.


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Vic Velanovich, MD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    5 Tampa General Circle, suite 740
    Tampa, FL 33606
  • Phone
    813-844-4005
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Velanovich is currently the Director of General Surgery at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He also chairs the Vivian Clark Reeves/Joy McCann Culverhouse for Digestive Disorders and pancreatic cancer.  Dr. Velanovich received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1987 and completed his surgical residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in California as well as Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington. From 1987 to 1996,he served his country on active duty as a major in the United States Army, Medical Corps., where he received numerous awards.  His research interests focus on benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and minimally invasive surgery, with emphasis on quality of life and outcomes.

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