Gastrointestinal Cancer Team

Enhancing treatment through research

The multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Team at UNM’s Comprehensive Cancer Center focuses on all the organs of the digestive system. They treat cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small bowel, colon, rectum and anus; and conduct basic and clinical research.

The team includes not only medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists, but also radiologists, pathologists, basic scientists, epidemiologists and population scientists. 

“The advantage of being at a comprehensive cancer center is access to: our multidisciplinary tumor teams, NCI- and industry-sponsored clinical trials, and board-certified oncologists employing the newest cutting-edge technologies and techniques for cancer care.”

– Gregory Gan, MD, PhD, Clinical Trial Principal Investigator

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Meet the Gastrointestinal Team:

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD; Team Leader

Jessica Belmonte, MD

Jessica Belmonte, MD

Vi Chiu, MD

Vi Chiu, MD

Ian Rabinowitz, MD

Ian Rabinowitz, MD

Medical Oncologists

...  treat cancer using chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. They may be the main health care provider for someone with cancer, coordinating treatment with other specialists and providing supportive care.

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD; Team Leader
Jessica Belmonte, MD
Vi Chui, MD
Ian Rabinowitz

Our teams create a treatment plan tailored to the needs of the individual: focusing on the patient’s needs, honoring their wishes, and providing the right treatment at the right time to provide the best chance for overcoming their cancer.

The order in which a patient receives their care matters. The sequence of treatment can help an individual greatly 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.

Gregory Gan, MD, PhD

Gregory Gan, MD, PhD

David Lee, MD, PhD

David Lee, MD, PhD

Ben Liem, MD

Ben Liem, MD

William R. Thompson, MD

William R. Thompson, MD

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 the UNM Cancer Center offer sterotactic body radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity modulated radiation therapy.

Gregory Gan, MD, PhD
David Lee, MD, PhD
Ben Liem, MD
William R. Thompson, MD

Ashwani Rajput, MD, FACS

Ashwani Rajput, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Oncology

Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS

Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS

Itzhak Nir, MD

Itzhak Nir, MD

Victor Phuoc, MD

Victor Phuoc, MD

Surgical Oncologists

... at the UNM Cancer Center 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.

Ashwani Rajput, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Oncology
Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS
Itzhak Nir, MD
Victor Phuoc, MDM.

1,660
estimated new cases of
gastrointestinal cancer in

New Mexico for 2017

Source:
American Cancer Society, 2017

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Steven Eberhardt, MD

Steven Eberhardt, MD

Oncology Radiologists

... are trained to interpret many different kinds of images to find cancer and understand its impact on the human body.

Steven Eberhardt, MD

Darcy Cooke, PA-C

Darcy Cooke, PA-C

Steven Perez, PA-C

Steven Perez, PA-C

Hector Stephenson, PA

Hector Stephenson, PA

Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

... may give medications or injections, take medical histories, perform medical exams, or perform certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician.

Darcy Cooke, PA-C
Steven Perez, PA-C
Hector Stephenson, PA
Suzanne Gagnon, CNP

Colorectal cancer almost always starts
with a small growth called a polyp.
Screening procedures like colonoscopies
allow us to find and remove polyps,
stopping colorectal cancer before it starts.

 
– Ashwani Rajput, MD, Chief of Surgical Oncology