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Medical Advisory Committee

The Medical Advisory Committee is comprised of Medical Professionals that focus on esophageal cancer treatments and include Surgeons, Medical Oncologist and Gastroenterologist in various Medical Institutions. The focus of this Committee is to work within the subcommittee structure that we have developed. If you click on the name of each Doctor mentioned you will be shown their link to their institution.

Dr. Prasad Adusumilli – Surgeon,  Deputy Chief, Thoracic Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Ghulam Abbas – Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon
West Virginia University Medical Center

Dr. Mara Antonoff – Assistant Professor Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Omar Awais – Thoracic Surgeon
UPMC Mercy

Dr. Manjit Bains – Surgeon
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Adam Bass – Oncologist
Columbia University

Dr. Tom Bauer – Chairman of Surgery, JSUMC
Hackensack Meridian Health

Dr. Thomas Birdas – Surgeon
Indiana Health

Dr. Shanda Blackmon –Surgeon

Dr. Mark Block –Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon
Memorial Regional Hospital South

Dr. Dan Catenacci – Medical Oncologist

Dr. Sree Bhavani Chalasani –Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center

Dr. Keneng Chen – Surgeon
Peking University Cancer Hospital

Dr. Gary W. Chmielewski – Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Lutheran General Hospital

Dr. David Tom Cooke – Surgeon
Associate Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of California, Davis Medical Center

Dr. Todd Demmy – Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Peter Enzinger – Oncologist
Dana Farber

Dr. Mark Ferguson – Professor of Surgery
The University of Chicago Medicine

Dr. Raja M. Flores – Surgeon
Professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Hans Gerdes – Gastroenterologist
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Tyler Grenda– Surgeon
Jefferson Health

Dr. S. Michael Griffin – Surgeon
Royal Victoria Infirmary

Dr. Arnulf Hoelscher – Surgeon
German Center for Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Surgery

Dr. David Ilson – Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. David R. Jones – Surgeon
Chief Thoracic Service Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Smita Joshi – Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Yu-Fan C. Kao Chair in Thoracic Cancer

Dr. Martin S. Karpeh – Chairman Department of Surgery
Hackensack University Medical Center

Dr. Sunnie Kim – Medical Oncologist

Dr. Samuel Klempner – Medical Oncologist
Massachusetts General

Dr. Michael Kent – Director Of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Yuko Kitagawa – Surgeon
Keio University

Dr. Geoffrey Y. Ku- Oncologist
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Elbert Kuo – Surgeon
Banner MD Anderson

Dr. Kiran Lagisetty – Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon
University of Michigan Health System

Dr. Simon Law –  Surgeon
The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Albert Craig Lockhart – Medical Oncologist
University of South Carolina

Dr. Jason Long – Assistant Professor of Surgery
UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Ryan Macke – Thoracic Surgeon
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Steve Maron – Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer Center

Dr. Rutika Mehta – Medical Oncologist
Moffitt Cancer Center

Dr. Bryan Meyers – Thoracic Surgeon
Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University

Dr. Linda Martin – Associate Professor
University of Virginia Health System

Joshi Mita – Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Daniela Molena – Surgeon
Director, Esophageal Surgery Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Jason Muesse – Thoracic Surgeon
UAMS Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Dr. Paul E. Oberstein – Medical Oncologist
NYU Langone Health

Dr. David D. Odell – Assistant Professor of Surgery
Northwestern Medicine

Dr. Bernard J. Park – Surgeon
Deputy Chief of Clinical Affairs, Thoracic Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Sheel Patel-Polk, DO – Surgeon
Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Eirini Pectasides – Medical Oncologist
Dana-Faber Cancer Institute

Dr. Roman Petrov
Temple University hospital

Dr. Joseph Phillips – Thoracic Surgeon
Dartmouth- Hitchcock

Dr. CS Pramesh – Surgeon
Tata Memorial Centre

Dr. Syed Quadri – Surgeon
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

Simran Randhawa – Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Sha’ Shonda Revels Surgeon
UCLA Medical Center

Dr. Ravi Rajaram – Surgeon
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Rishindra M. Reddy – Professor
University of Michigan Health System

Dr. Scott Reznik – Assistant Professor Cardio Thoracic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Ulysses Ribeiro Jr – Oncologist, Surgeon, Gastroenterologist
Instituto do Cancer  do Estado.. Sao Paulo

Dr. Nabil Rizk – Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
John Theurer Cancer Center

Dr. Inderpal Sakaria – Thoracic Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center – Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Elliot Servais – Thoracic Surgery
Beth Israel Lahey Health

Dr. Matthew Steliga – Thoracic Surgeon
UAMS Medical Center

Dr. Marina Shcherba – Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer Center

Dr.Wilson Tsai – Thoracic Surgeon
John Muir Medical Center

Nataliya V. Uboha – Medical Oncologist
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Dr. Zev Wainberg – Oncologist
UCLA Health System

Dr. Ian Wong – Surgeon
The University of Hong Kong

Medical Advisory Sub Committee:

In order to get a more defined involvement, we have asked our Medical Professional to select a subcommittee that they want to volunteer for, and we have placed their names under that respective subcommittee. To see their contact information click on their name in the listing above.

Research Project Review Sub Committee:

This subcommittee will be responsible for the review and recommendation of research project requests that ECEF receives seeking a grant from ECEF. Once we have identified and accepted a research project proposal we will stay with that project until it is finalized. We will plan on looking at 2 or 3 projects per year as donations allow.

Sub Committee members:

  • Dr. Prasad Adusumilli, Chairman
  • Dr. Shanda Blackmon
  • Dr. Roman Petrov
  • Dr. Nabil Rizk

Patient and Caregiver Services Sub Committee:

This subcommittee will be responsible for reviewing the patient and caregiver services that ECEF provides, and will make recommendations as to the services we should develop to assist the patient and caregivers as they journey through this disease.

One project that this Sub Committee will take on is providing answers to questions we develop for our Second Edition of the book “Esophagectomy Post Surgical Guide Questions & Answers.”

Sub Committee Members:

  • Dr. David Tom Cooke
  • Dr. Bernard Park


Public Relations Sub Committee:

This subcommittee members will be responsible for attending one can attend one or more meetings during the year. . There will be two meetings of post surgery patients and caregivers The doctors in this Subcommittee  will not be asked to give a presentation but simply respond to patient questions during the meeting that deal with issues that patients are experiencing.


Before each meeting a disclaimer will be read to those attending the conference call meeting. It states;

The doctors shown in this subcommittee are volunteers, and they receive no compensation for their involvement in the conference call support group meetings. The comments and remarks that are made as part of the conference call meetings, are to be considered as information only in dealing with the issues being discussed. Anyone considering  action with what has been discussed must first bring this to the attention of their own doctors and only act at your doctor’s direction.

Public Relations Subcommittee:

Sub Committee Members:

  • Dr. Joseph Phillips Chairman
  • Dr. Mara Antonoff
  • Dr. Manjit Bains
  • Dr. Thomas Birdas
  • Dr. Mark Block
  • Dr. Sree Chalasmi
  • Dr. Gary Chmielewski
  • Dr. Todd Demmy
  • Dr. Raja Flores
  • Dr. Hans Gerdes
  • Dr. David Ilson
  • Dr. Michael Kent
  • Dr. Geoffrey Ku
  • Dr. Kiran Lagisetty
  • Dr. Jason Long
  • Dr. David Jones
  • Dr. Martin Karpeh
  • Dr. Linda Martin
  • Dr. Ryan Macke
  • Dr. Bryan Meyers
  • Dr. Daniela Molena
  • Dr. Jason Muesse
  • Dr. David Odell
  • Dr. Bernard Park
  • Dr. Roman Petrov
  • Dr. Syed Quadri
  • Dr. Ravi Rajaram
  • Dr. Rishi Reddy
  • Dr. Sha’ Shonda Revels
  • Dr. Scott Reznik
  • Dr. Inderpal Sarkaria
  • Dr. Marina Shcherba
  • Dr. Matthew Steliga
  • Dr. Wilson Tsai

International Sub Committee:

We plan to take ECEF to the next level and that would indicate a presence in the international area. We will be exploring what we can do with the services we now provide our U.S. Patients and Caregivers, and see how we can adapt those services to the international scene.

Sub Committee Members:

  • Dr. Mark Ferguson, Chairman
  • Dr. Ghulam Abbas –  United States
  • Dr. Manjit Bains – United States
  • Dr . Daniela Molena – United States
  • Dr. Yuko Kitagawa – Japan
  • Dr. S. Michael Griffin – United Kingdom
  • Dr. Arnulf Hoelscher – Germany
  • Dr.  CS. Pramesh – India
  • Dr. Simon Law – Hong Kong
  • Dr. Keneng Chen – China
  • Dr. Ian Wong – Hong Kong
  • Dr. Ulysses Ribeiro Jr. Brazil

Social Networks Sub Committee:

We are in the early stages of developing our You Tube Channel and Social network connections. We believe that this is the wave of the future for communications with patients, caregivers and medical service providers. We will look for this subcommittee to get doctors to do a brief 2 minute phone video about Esophageal Cancer topics, to be posted to our You Tube Channel and also posted in our Instagram account.

Sub Committee Members:

  • Dr. David Tom Cooke, Chairman
  • Dr. Ghulam Abbas
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