Gastrointestinal Cancers Team

Enhancing Treatment through Research

The Gastrointestinal Multidisciplinary Team focuses on all the organs of the digestive system. They have expertise in treating cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small bowel, colon, rectum and anus. The team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists, and also radiologists, pathologists, basic scientists, epidemiologists and population scientists. In addition to treating people with these kinds of cancers, the team conducts basic and clinical research. 

To make an appointment, call us at 505-272-4946.

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Meet the Gastrointestinal Team

Medical Oncologists

Treat cancer using chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy.

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The order in which a patient receives their care matters. The sequence of treatment can greatly help an individual to overcome their cancer and get back to their life. That is why UNM Cancer Center providers work together as a team  to create the treatment plan for each patient.

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Radiation Oncologists

Use radiation to kill cancer cells. They manage how much radiation to use and how to apply it to the tumor. Radiation oncologists at UNM Cancer Center offer stereotactic body radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity modulated radiation therapy.

Sarah Popek, MD

Sarah Popek, MD

Vinay Ray, MD

Vinay Ray, MD

Surgical Oncologists

UNM Cancer Center surgical oncologists remove advanced cancers from the delicate tissues of the digestive tract. They can perform Whipple procedures, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC) procedures, and other advanced surgical procedures using open, laparoscopic and robotic surgical methods.

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Lisa Kroll, RN

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Lynn Saavedra, RN, BSN, OCN

Nurse Navigators

Guide you in your treatment and serve as your regular point of contact.

Oncology Radiologists

Are trained to interpret many different kinds of images to find cancer and understand its impact.

 

Gloria Darrah, CNP

Gloria Darrah, CNP

Steven Perez, PA-C

Steven Perez, PA-C

Hector Stephenson, PA

Hector Stephenson, PA

Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

Advanced Practice Providers

May give medications or injections, take medical histories, perform medical exams or perform certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. Not pictured: Gwendoline Chuba, CNP; Lora Komensky, CNP; and Anna Munoz, CNP