Surgical Oncology Services

At UC Irvine Health, we understand that a cancer diagnosis is a frightening experience. Our surgical oncology team is the most experienced in Orange County at giving you the best possible outcome in a compassionate and supportive environment.

We take a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. That means our surgical services are coordinated with all other aspects of your care.

Our UC Irvine Health surgical oncologists are part of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. This prestigious facility is one of only 41 institutions in the United States recognized by the National Cancer Institute for offering state-of-the-art cancer care.

To make an appointment, call 714-456-8000.

Our board-certified surgical oncologists diagnose and treat all types of cancer, including:
  • Adrenal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Liver and pancreas cancer
  • Lymphoma (lymph node biopsy)
  • Melanoma
  • Parathyroid cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Sarcoma (including gastrointestinal stromal tumor and liposarcoma)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
Our surgical oncologists are skilled in the following treatments and procedures:
  • Adrenalectomy (open and laparoscopic)
  • Axillary node dissection
  • Breast cancer surgery
  • Inguinal node dissection
  • Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy
  • Laparoscopic gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic liver resection
  • Laparoscopic thoroscopic esophagectomy
  • Lymph node dissection
  • Melanoma surgery
  • Retroperitoneal tumor resection
  • Parathyroid resection
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Thyroid resection
  • Whipple procedure, or pancreaticoduodenectomy

Our team of surgical oncologists includes experts in breast, endocrine, sarcoma, melanoma, gastrointestinal, liver, pancreas and other types of cancers.

As the only comprehensive cancer center in Orange County, we are able to provide leading-edge treatments, including:

  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy

At UC Irvine Health, we specialize in therapies such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormones that can be used to shrink tumors before surgery. This approach may allow our surgeons to perform less invasive surgical procedures.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and laser imaging of the breast

We are nationally recognized leaders in MRI and laser imaging of breast disease in collaboration with the UC Irvine Health Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic.

  • Minimally invasive surgery

Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive, state-of-the-art techniques that can reduce our patients' discomfort and shorten recovery times. For breast cancer patients, this may involve skin-sparing and/or nipple-sparing mastectomies for a more pleasing cosmetic result. Our surgical oncologists work collaboratively with UC Irvine Health plastic surgeons on reconstructive procedures, which sometimes can occur at the same time as the cancer surgery.

  • Adrenalectomy

In some cases, surgery to remove the adrenal glands can be performed using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) procedures rather than open surgery.

  • Melanoma surgery

At the UC Irvine Health Melanoma Center, our surgical oncologists work closely with with dermatopathologists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons to diagnose and treat skin melanomas in their earliest stages. We also participate in many promising melanoma clinical trials, including sentinel node mapping and immunotherapy.

  • Research

We are dedicated to advancing the state of the science in cancer surgery. At any given time, our patients have access to many clinical trials addressing a wide range of cancers.

At UC Irvine Health, our board-certified surgical oncologists work with specialists in hematologic oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, as well as highly skilled nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide our patients with the best possible care.

Our surgical oncologists include:

Make an Appointment

714-456-8000