Oncology

A Clinical Study for Stage III Pancreatic Cancer

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17 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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Cataldo Doria, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    One Capital Way
    Pennington, NJ 08534
  • Phone
    609 537 6345
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Doria is the director of the Capital Health Cancer Center.He isa hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeon who has helped develop and introduce a number of innovative procedures to treat cancer patients that were not previously available, including bloodless liver surgery, liver auto-transplantation and robotic-assisted hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery.

Dr. Doria received his medical degree at University of Perugia School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency. He completed a research fellowship and a clinical fellowship at the Pittsburgh Transplantation Institute, part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Doria also completed a clinical fellowship in living donor liver transplantation at the Organ Transplantation Center, part of Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Doria in the late ’90 was part of a joint venture between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Italian Government.  As a result of that partnership Dr. Doria built from the ground up a multiorgan transplant facility and a cancer center in South Europe making it one of the most successful transplant program and cancer center in Europe. In the mid ’00 Dr. Doria took upon his leadership a distressed transplant program at Jefferson in Philadelphia and he firsthand made it one of the best transplant program and liver cancer center in the Country  

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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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David A. Iannitti, MD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    1021 Morehead Medical Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28204
  • Phone
    980-442-6410
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. David Iannitti is the Chief of HPB Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center. He specializes in the care of patients with diseases of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. His surgical interests include minimally invasive liver and pancreas surgery, vascular resections and IRE for advanced pancreas cancer, vena cava tumor removal, and microwave and IRE for liver tumors. Dr. Iannitti attended Dartmouth-Brown medical school, completed his residency at Brown University, and completed his fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Iannitti has been the Program Director for the HPB Fellowship program, including the research and clinical components, for the past 13 years. He also serves as program director for multiple physician training courses in microwave and radiofrequency ablation as well as a regional/national annual liver course. He has authored more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and more than 150 meeting presentations.

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Jonathan Kessler, MD
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    1500 East Duarte Road
    Duarte, CA 91010
  • Phone
    626-249-0519
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Kessler is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in colon, liver, kidney cancers. He is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. 

Dr. Kessler received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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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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Michael D. Kluger, MD, MPH
  • Specialty
    Oncology
  • Location
    630 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
  • Phone
    212-305-6514
Physician Website

Physician Bio

Dr. Michael Kluger is the Medical Director of Surgical Oncology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is board-certified in general surgery and specialty trained in liver and pancreas surgery. He focuses on the operative management of pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, gallbladder disease and metastases to the liver and abdominal peritoneum. Dr. Kluger employs a multidisciplinary approach to determine the best available treatment options that maximize survival and quality of life. 

Dr. Kluger graduated from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. There he was selected to be the Administrative Chief Resident and won the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He received advanced training in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at Hospital Henri Mondor in France under the world-renowned surgeon Professor Daniel Cherqui. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

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