A multidisciplinary cancer center maximizes surgeons' impact

Christy L. Marshall, Courtney J. Balentine, Celia N. Robinson, Jonathan A. Wilks, Daniel Anaya, Avo Artinyan, Samir S. Awad, David H. Berger, Daniel Albo

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Background: Colorectal cancer patients require care across different disciplines. Integration of multidisciplinary care is critical to accomplish excellent oncologic results. We hypothesized that the establishment of a dedicated colorectal cancer center (CRCC) around specialty-trained surgeons will lead to increased multidisciplinary management and improved outcomes in colorectal cancer patients. Methods: We analyzed data from three periods: a baseline group, a period after the recruitment of specialty-trained surgeons, and a period after the creation of a dedicated multidisciplinary cancer center. Data analyzed included surrogate markers of surgical oncologic care, multidisciplinary integration, and oncologic outcomes. Results: Recruitment of specialized surgeons led to improvements in surgical oncologic care; the establishment of the CRCC resulted in further improvements in surgical oncologic care and multidisciplinary integration. Conclusion: Our study suggests that although the recruitment of specialty-trained surgeons in a high volume center leads to improvement in surgical oncologic care, it is the establishment of a multidisciplinary center around the surgeons that leads to integrated care and improvements in oncologic outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • colorectal cancer
  • colorectal cancer center
  • outcomes
  • prognostic
  • specialty-trained surgeons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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