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September 21, 2012


Nestor Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBANestor Esnaola, MD, MPH, MBA, has been appointed Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Clinical and Academic Affairs for the Department of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Temple University Hospital, effective September 1, 2012.


Dr. Esnaola comes to Temple from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he was Chief of Surgical Oncology and Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line at Hollings Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. He specializes in gastrointestinal surgical oncology, including pancreatic tumors, biliary and liver tumors, hepatic colorectal metastases, colorectal cancer, and retroperitoneal and pelvic sarcomas. He has expertise in laparoscopic pancreas and colorectal surgery, as well as complex multi-organ resection for locally advanced or recurrent tumors. He has also been involved in developing novel treatment protocols for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.


Dr. Esnaola's current research interests are focused largely on racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care and outcomes. He has published numerous peer-reviewed publications on this topic and is joint-Principal Investigator on a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant aimed at improving surgical resection rates in African Americans with early stage, potentially curable, lung cancer.


Dr. Esnaola is also heavily involved in national efforts to improve surgical quality and safety through his role as leader of the Best Practices Initiative of the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. In this role, he spearheaded the development of several Best Practice Guidelines aimed at reducing perioperative complications and optimizing care for elderly patients undergoing major surgery.


"Dr. Esnaola will serve to significantly build Temple's surgical oncology program and enhance the bridges between Temple and Fox Chase Cancer Center," said Selwyn Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, Professor and Chair of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, and Surgeon-in-Chief for Temple University Health System. "His leadership in quality improvement will make major contributions to improve the quality of care that we provide for our patients, and his expertise in advanced surgical treatments for gastrointestinal cancers will allow us to offer patients world-class, comprehensive cancer care."


"Temple is clearly a forward-thinking, fast-moving organization that is continually pushing the envelope of cutting-edge care and translational research," said Dr. Esnaola. "I am excited to be a part of this organization and have the opportunity to contribute to Temple's ongoing transformation."


Dr. Esnaola earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, his master's degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health, and his MBA from the University of Tennessee. He completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, and surgical oncology research and clinical fellowships at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.


Dr. Esnaola has published numerous abstracts, book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, and has served on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. He currently serves on a study section at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has consistently been named one of the "Best Doctors in America."


Dr. Esnaola served as the President-Elect of the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons as well as the South Carolina State Chair for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. He is active in a variety of professional societies and serves on several committees within these organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.