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Gastrointestinal Oncology Program


University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center


Amitabh Chak, MD, Gastroenterology
216-844-3217, Amitabh.Chak@UHhospitals.org

Jennifer Dorth, MD, Discipline Lead, Radiation Oncology
216-286-3903, Jennifer.Dorth@UHhospitals.org

Jennifer Eads, MD, Upper GI Disease Team Leader, Medical Oncology 
216-844-6003, Jennifer.Eads@UHhospitals.org

Jeffrey Hardacre, MD, Discipline Lead, Surgical Oncology
216-844-7047, Jeffrey.Hardacre@UHhospitals.org

Philip Linden, MD, Esophageal Surgery 
216-844-0065, Philip.Linden@UHhospitals.org


Please call Jeanie Wyckhouse, New Patient Access Coordinator, at 216-844-5020 or email Jeanie.Wyckhouse@UHhospitals.org.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated

Esophagogastric cancers, including Barrett’s esophagus
Biliary cancers
Pancreatic cancers: pancreatic adenocarcinoma, pancreatic cystic neoplasms,pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and rare pancreatic tumors
Small intestinal cancers
Colorectal cancers
Anal cancers
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
Neuroendocrine cancers

Procedures and Therapies

Endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic submucosal dissection for the staging and treatment of early esophageal cancers
Noninvasive treatments (stenting, robotic and laparoscopic procedures, transanal resections)
Liver-directed therapies, including resection of metastases, surgical ablation, transarterial chemoembolization, radioembolization and percutaneous microwave ablation
Colo-anal reconstruction/sphincter-sparing surgery
Enhanced recovery programs following colorectal surgery
Radiation therapy, including proton beam therapy, IMRT and MR planning, and intraoperative radiation
Chemotherapy and immunotherapy, including clinical trials

Distinguishing Features

Part of NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Multidisciplinary consultation and disease-specific tumor boards
First in Northeast Ohio to perform minimally invasive esophagectomy
Lowest esophagectomy mortality rate in the nation
One of three NCI Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network centers, via Case Western Reserve University
Innovative clinical trials of new treatments
One of six National Cancer Institute Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) centers for gastrointestinal cancers in the U.S., via Case Western Reserve University
National leadership in clinical pathway development
Noninvasive diagnostic technology using new imaging methodologies
Only Proton Therapy Center in Ohio
Genetic analysis of tumors to guide personalized therapy
Genetic risk assessment to guide preventive strategies in cancer-prone families
Supportive and Integrative Oncology program
Specialized Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer program

About UH Cleveland Medical Center

At the core of University Hospitals’ $4 billion health system is UH Cleveland Medical Center, ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. UH Cleveland Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University.