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Gastrointestinal Cancers Program

Overview

Advanced Care for Gastrointestinal Cancers

At the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, we take a team approach to caring for tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Our doctors' expertise spans areas such as surgery, medical oncology, genetics, gastroenterology and interventional radiology. We meet regularly to review each patient's evaluation and unique treatment plan, so you can rest assured you're receiving advanced, personalized care.

Our team provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for all cancers of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, including:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

What Treatments Are Available for Me?

Effective treatment for gastrointestinal cancers often requires a combination of therapies. Your care team will work with you and your family to find the right care plan for your cancer type, lifestyle and health history.

Treatment options include:

  • Traditional surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery (e.g. laparoscopy, robotic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Tufts MC is one of the area's few cancer centers to offer hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for patients whose cancer has spread to the lining of the abdomen. During the HIPEC procedure, surgeons remove all visible tumors and then circulate heated chemotherapy agents throughout the abdominal cavity. HIPEC has been shown to improve both overall survival rates and quality of life.

Our patients also have access to novel therapies through participation in Tufts MC and national clinical trials.

Leaders in Gastrointestinal Cancer Care

Wasif Saif, MD, Director of the Gastrointestinal & Colorectal Cancer Program, is an internationally known expert in pancreatic cancer. In 2012, Dr. Saif co-founded the Experimental Therapeutics Program to bring new therapies — and new hope — to patients and families living with cancer.

Roger Graham, MD leads our surgical team. He is Chief of the divisions of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology as well as Director of the Breast Health Center.

U.S. News and World Report ranks both Dr. Saif and Dr. Graham among the top 1% of doctors in the country for their specialties.

Doctors + Care Team

Roger Graham, MD

Roger Graham, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of General Surgery; Chief, Surgical Oncology; Director, Breast Health Center; Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8270
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General surgery, surgical oncology, thyroid surgery, breast cancer

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Joel V. Weinstock, MD
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Joel V. Weinstock, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-4505

Gastroenterology, inflammatory bowel diseases, mucosal immunity, general gastroenterology, GI bleeding, endoscopy

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Harmony Allison, MD
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Harmony Allison, MD

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Clinical and Research Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-1480

Gastrointestinal motility, inflammatory bowel disease, general GI and endoscopy, diarrhea, constipation, celiac sprue and limited LFT abnormalities

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Mark S. Bankoff, MD

Mark S. Bankoff, MD

Title(s): Chief of Body CT; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-0043
Fax #: 617-636-9108

Body CT, interventional CT procedures

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Laurence H. Brinckerhoff, MD

Laurence H. Brinckerhoff, MD

Title(s): Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5589
Fax #: 617-636-9095

Thoracic surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, clinical trials, tumor immunology

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Lilian  Chen, MD

Lilian Chen, MD

Title(s): Colon and Rectal Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6190
Fax #: 617-636-6110

Minimally invasive and robotic surgery, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, anorectal disease, rectal prolapse and sacral nerve stimulator for fecal incontinence

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Kevin Daly, MD

Kevin Daly, MD

Title(s): Interventional Radiologist, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-1149

Diagnostic and interventional radiology, general radiology

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Martin D. Goodman, MD

Martin D. Goodman, MD

Title(s): Surgeon; Director, Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-9248
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General surgery, advanced abdominal tumors, peritoneal surface malignancies, hepatobiliary/pancreatic/colorectal minimally invasive surgical oncology

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Moises Guelrud, MD
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Moises Guelrud, MD

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-4505

Gastroenterology, sphincter of Oddi manometry in children and adults, ERCP (diagnosis and therapeutic) in children and adults, ECRP (diagnosis and therapeutic) in children and adults, endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of Barrett's esophagus, magnification endoscopy and chromoendoscopy, pancreatic diseases

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Neil J. Halin, DO, FSIR

Neil J. Halin, DO, FSIR

Title(s): Chief, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3004
Fax #: 617-636-1449

Peripheral vascular disease, biliary and urinary obstruction, thrombo-embolic disease, vascular disease, general radiology

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Kathryn Huber, MD, PhD

Kathryn Huber, MD, PhD

Title(s): Radiation Oncologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiation Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6161
Fax #: 617-636-6131

Radiotherapy for cancers of the lung and gastrointestinal tract

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Hoon Ji, MD, PhD

Hoon Ji, MD, PhD

Title(s): Chief of Body MRI; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4916
Fax #: 617-636-2578

Body MRI, general radiology

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Judith F. Katz, MD

Judith F. Katz, MD

Title(s): Chief of Ultrasound; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7818
Fax #: 617-636-1499

Ultrasound, nuclear medicine, body CT, mammography, general radiology

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Robert Martell, MD, PhD

Robert Martell, MD, PhD

Title(s): Medical Oncologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Phase I clinical trials, GI oncology, breast cancer, head and neck malignancies, liver tumors

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Nayer Nikpoor, MD

Nayer Nikpoor, MD

Title(s): Chief of Nuclear Medicine; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6342
Fax #: 617-636-9109

Nuclear medicine

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Lori B. Olans, MD, MPH
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Lori B. Olans, MD, MPH

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-8615

General gastroenterology

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Andrew G. Plaut, MD
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Andrew G. Plaut, MD

Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-4207

Gastroenterology, digestive diseases, gastrointestinal infections and parasitic disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diagnostic evaluation of unexplained pain or diarrhea

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Wasif M. Saif, MD

Wasif M. Saif, MD

Title(s): Director, GI Oncology Program; Leader, Experimental Therapeutics; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Chemistry and pharmacology of folate antagonist, experimental therapeutics, clinical trial design (Phase I and II), cancers treated include pancreas, gall bladder, cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct), anal, colon (including Rectum), neuroendocrine (carcinoid), psedomyxoma peritonei, esophagus, gastroesophageal (including Stomach), liver, unknown primary, GIST, adrenal, peritoneum, phase I clinical studies of novel cancer drugs and/or combinations

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Gary M. Strauss, MD, MPH

Gary M. Strauss, MD, MPH

Title(s): Medical Director, Lung Cancer Program; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Lung cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, genitourinary cancer, solid tumors

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Kathleen Viveiros, MD
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Kathleen Viveiros, MD

Title(s): Director, Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship Program
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-4207

Hepatology, pre- and postliver transplant, hepatitis, chronic liver disease, general gastroenterology

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Barbara J. Weinstein, MD

Barbara J. Weinstein, MD

Title(s): Staff Pathologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5829
Fax #: 617-636-8302

General surgical pathology, cytopathology, gastrointestinal pathology

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E. Kent Yucel, MD

E. Kent Yucel, MD

Title(s): Radiologist-in-Chief; Ettinger–Dreyfus Chair and Professor of Radiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiology, CardioVascular Center
Appt. Phone: 617-636-0040
Fax #: 617-636-0041

Interventional radiology, general radiology

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