Surgical Oncology

Scott & White surgical oncologists are key members of Scott & White Cancer Institute's Integrated Care Teams. As a cancer patient, that means your Scott & White surgical oncologist will be involved in every aspect of your care. We'll work closely with Scott & White diagnostic radiologists and pathologists, as well as specialists in radiation and medical oncology, to provide you with the most advanced cancer care available.

We are strongly committed to multidisciplinary cancer care for complex cancer disorders, and we strive to provide the highest quality individualized care for the patient.

Terry C. Lairmore, MD, Director, Scott & White Division of Surgical Oncology

As part of a multidisciplinary team, surgical oncologists specialize in the surgical treatment of cancers, including:

Scott & White's surgical oncologists have the training and expertise necessary to care for patients in all stages of cancer. Our surgeons, nurses and support staff are a highly experienced team, focused on providing you with superior, personalized care.

We're Advancing Cancer Care With Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Surgical Techniques

Our surgical oncology team is on the leading edge of state-of-the-art surgical techniques and complex cancer procedures. In fact, surgical oncologists at Scott & White are forerunners in developing a number of new minimally invasive techniques, including:

  • Posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (PRA) and robot-assisted posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (RAPRA). These two new adrenal gland tumor procedures result in less pain and blood loss and faster recovery times for patients. We used the da Vinci® Surgical System in 2009 to perform the first reported RAPRA.
  • Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) through the navel. This new, minimally invasive approach is an evolution of the laparoscopic surgical technique. Many procedures can now be performed through a single incision hidden within the patient's belly button.

Research Leads to New Treatment Options

In conjunction with the Scott & White Cancer Research Institute, we also participate in numerous clinical research projects, including national protocols, clinical trials and basic cancer research. This enables us to offer you the most advanced care and treatment options available.

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Matthew R. Bower
Surgical Oncologist
Chad D. Housewright
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Sarah Carissa Kimball
Surgical Oncologist
Terry C. Lairmore
Surgical Oncologist