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Surgical Oncology

For many patients, surgery plays an important role either alone or in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation. Surgical procedures can be used to diagnose some cancers, surgery can help to prevent or even remove some cancers. 

For many, surgery plays an important role in recovery—either by reconstructing part of the body, removing part of the body where cancer may return or to minimize complications from other treatments.


Stephen E. Ettinghausen, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Surgical Oncology

Dr. Stephen Ettinghausen is the Director of Surgical Oncology at Rochester General Hospital and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry.  He received a BA from Amherst College and an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. After completing two years of residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and one year of residency in anatomic pathology at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, he finished residency in General Surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. His training in surgical oncology included fellowships in the Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

College: Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Medical School: Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY

Intern & Residency: Intern & Assistant Resident, Department of Medicine, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Assistant Resident, Department of Pathology, The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY; Intern & Assistant, Senior & Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD.

Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery

Medical Staff Appointments: Rochester General Hospital Attending Surgeon; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Membership in Professional Organizations: Association for Academic Surgery, Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons (Fellow), American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Clinical Interest & Expertise: Hepato-biliary and pancreatic cancer; Upper and lower gastrointestinal tract cancers including recurrent rectal cancer; Retroperitoneal and visceral sarcomas; Melanoma; Breast Cancer

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