Surgical Oncology

The Section of Surgical Oncology is responsible for the care of patients requiring operative intervention for the treatment of cancer. The section is closely involved with the care of patients at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Surgical oncology also manages multidisciplinary clinics for breast disease, GI malignancy, and melanoma. Residents rotate on this service during PGY-1, PGY-3, and PGY-5, and gain considerable exposure to the surgical management of breast and colorectal carcinoma, melanoma, and sarcomas. The service offers significant experience in head and neck cancers that is not commonly found in other general surgery programs. The section is actively involved in research investigating cancer immunology, the role of biological response modifiers in the treatment of head and neck cancer, and translational research applying gene therapy to malignancies. Cancer education research is also a focus within the section.

Surgical Oncology is composed of the following faculty:

B. Mark Evers, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery
Mark McDowell Cancer Foundation Chair,
 Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center
Markey Cancer Center
Oncology Service

Joseph Kim, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery
Surgical Oncology Section Head


Patrick C. McGrath, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery
Ward O. Grifffen Endowed Chair,
Chief of General Surgery

Erin Burke, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Michael J. Cavnar, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Emily Marcinkowski, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director of Surgery Advanced Development,
 Fourth Year Medical Students
Co-Director of the Surgery Clerkships,
Medical School Students

Prakash Pandalai, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery