Program Members

Clinical Program Leader

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Mario Strazzabosco, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Clinical Program Leader, Liver Cancer Program

Deputy Director, Yale Liver Center

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Disease Aligned Research Team Leader

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Howard S Hochster, MD

Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)

Associate Director for Clinical Sciences, Yale Cancer Center

Clinical Program Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancers Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancers Program, Yale Cancer Center

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Hepatology

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Mario Strazzabosco, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Clinical Program Leader, Liver Cancer Program

Deputy Director, Yale Liver Center

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Medical Oncology

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Howard S Hochster, MD

Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)

Associate Director for Clinical Sciences, Yale Cancer Center

Clinical Program Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancers Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancers Program, Yale Cancer Center

Dr. Howard Hochster is an internationally known expert in Cancer Clinical Trials and early cancer drug development, particularly in gastrointestinal cancer.

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Stacey M Stein, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)

I take care of patients with advanced liver cancer and offer chemotherapy. I help educate my patients and their families about their cancer and liver disease. Treatment plans often include a pill form of targeted therapy. There are also immune therapy clinical trials available for patients. I work closely with patients to manage their cancer and liver disease related symptoms.

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Surgery

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Charles H Cha, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery (Oncology and Gastrointestinal)

As a surgeon with training in surgical oncology, I care for patients with benign and malignant diseases of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts, and pancreas as well as cancers that have spread to the liver. I am part of a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, interventional radiologists, medical oncologists, nurse practitioners, and specialty nurses who care for patients. One of my main objectives is to find techniques that are considered minimally invasive.

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Ronald R Salem, MD, FACS, FRSC (Ed), FRCS(C), MBChB

Lampman Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Section Chief, Surgical Oncology

Ronald R. Salem, MD, is a Board Certified Surgeon. Passionate about improving the lives of patients with cancer, he is committed to advancing medical and surgical treatment and integrating the latest techniques and minimally invasive surgery in his clinical practice.

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Transplant

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Sukru H. Emre, MD

Professor of Surgery (Transplant) and of Pediatrics

I am a hepatobiliary (liver and bile duct) and liver transplant surgeon. I care for and operate on patients with liver cancer and/or liver cirrhosis. Patients with reserved liver functions are good candidates for removal of the cancer from the liver. I perform liver transplantation for patients with liver cancer and advanced liver cirrhosis. I work with other specialists including hepatology, radiology and medical oncology which allows us to serve our patients in an efficient fashion.

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David Mulligan, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery (Transplant)

Section Chief, Transplantation Surgery and Immunology

The collaboration of experts in both liver diseases and cancer allow for the very best care in the world. I am a surgeon who treats tumors of the liver and bile ducts as well as performing transplants that replace the entire organ when appropriate. We use robotic surgical technology, which is not readily available for liver surgery, to provide the latest and best opportunities for efficient surgery and speedy recovery.


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Interventional Radiology

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Raj Ayyagari, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

I perform image-guided minimally invasive surgical procedures. These include chemoembolization (injecting microscopic beads coated with a chemotherapy drug), radioembolization (injecting microscopic beads carrying a radioactive dose), and ablation (passing a small needle through the skin, into the tumor, and burning or freezing it to death). I also perform biopsies, place venous access catheters, and perform many other procedures related to the evaluation and treatment of liver cancer.

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Kevin Kim, MD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Section Chief, Interventional Radiology

Vice Chairman, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Dr. Kim is Professor of Radiology and Medicine (Medical Oncology), Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Chief of Interventional Radiology at Yale School of Medicine. He also leads the Smilow Interventional Oncology program. Dr. Kim was trained at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an authority in image-guided interventional oncology and advanced cancers. He is an expert in minimally invasive treatments and takes care of patients with advanced cancers with the...

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Jeffrey Pollak, MD

Robert I. White, Jr. Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Director, Yale Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Program

Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program

My principal role is the minimally invasive treatment of tumors. For smaller and more limited tumors, the preferred method is local ablation. The second method is the delivery of material through the liver artery supplying the tumor to injure and destroy the tumor. The injected material most commonly consists of concentrated chemotherapy mixed with other material, usually special plastic beads, but also may consist of special radiation emitting beads to create internal radiation therapy.

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Diagnostic Radiology

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Gary M Israel, MD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Chief, Body Imaging Section

Chief, Body Computed Tomography (CT)

I am a radiologist and I read the CT scans and MRIs that are performed on you. My job is to evaluate the pictures and look for abnormalities in the liver including cirrhosis, tumors, and vascular thrombosis (blood clots). Every week I work with hepatologists, oncologists, and pathologists to ensure that the correct diagnosis is made in each patient.

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Jeffrey C. Weinreb, MD, FACR, FISMRM, FSCBT/MR

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Vice Chair for Strategic Planning and Innovation

Director, MRI Services

Chief, MRI Service

As a radiologist with more than 30 years’ experience, I specialize in diagnosing cancer in the liver with CT and MRI scans. I supervise and interpret these examinations, and work closely with the entire team to make certain that patients’ scans are tailored to answer questions about the type, location, size, number, spread, and complications of their cancer. I participate in many liver cancer research activities so that our team can provide the best and most current technology and strategies.

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Pathology

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Dhanpat Jain, MD

Professor of Pathology and of Medicine (Digestive Diseases)

Director, Program in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology

Director, Fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology

I specialize in livers diseases, particularly in liver cancer. Together with my colleagues, we analyze liver tissue specimens obtained from liver biopsies or from surgery to help in understanding important aspects of the tumor. We use state-of-the-art technologies to stage the tumor, characterize its biological features and suggest possible targets for innovative treatment. We participate in the liver cancer tumor board and provide our input on every case in which tissue samples are needed.

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Xuchen Zhang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

I am a liver and gastrointestinal pathologist with expertise in pathology of non-neoplastic and neoplastic liver diseases, and particularly in liver cancer. Along with my colleagues, we analyze liver biopsy or surgical resection specimens to make a diagnosis and help understand important aspects of the tumor. We characterize biological and pathologic features, and suggest possible targets. We participate in the tumor board and provide input on cases in which tissue samples are needed.

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