Elin R Sigurdson, MD, PhD, FACS

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Patient Stories from Fox Chase Patients Dr. Sigurdson's
Patient Stories

  • Linda Angello - Breast Cancer Patient Stories
  • Deena Dell - Stage 0 Breast Cancer (DCIS) Patient Stories
  • Sharifah Furson - Colon Cancer Patient Stories
  • Tracy Gatto - Breast Cancer Patient Stories
  • Marlene Haney - Breast Cancer Patient Stories, Colon Cancer Patient Stories
  • Carol Hess - Breast Cancer Patient Stories, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patient Stories
  • Nicole Holtz - Breast Cancer Patient Stories
  • Deborah Davis Huberfeld - Breast Cancer Patient Stories
  • David Juall - Kidney Cancer Patient Stories
  • Deborah Lech - Colon Cancer Patient Stories
  • Kathy Petrozelli - Breast Cancer Patient Stories, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patient Stories
  • Jill Scheetz - Clinical-Trials Patient Stories, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patient Stories, Breast Cancer Patient Stories
  • Andrea Snyder - Breast Cancer Patient Stories
  • Jane Tervooren - Breast Cancer Patient Stories, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patient Stories, Risk Assessment Program Breast Cancer Patient Stories, Risk Assessment Program Patient Stories
Dr. Elin Sigurdson

Surgical Oncology

Chief of the Division of General Surgery,
Director of Surgery Oncology Fellowships,
Director of Breast Fellowships,
Head of Surgical Research

Meet other members of
the breast cancer treatment team;
the colorectal cancer treatment team;
the gastrointestinal cancer treatment team.
or the melanoma (skin cancer) team.

Clinical Expertise:

Colorectal Cancer; Liver Cancer; Breast Cancer; Melanoma


American Board of Surgery;
Royal College of Surgeons (Canada)

Medical Education

University of Toronto School of Medicine, Ontario, Canada, 1980
(PhD in Chemistry, University of London, England, 1976)


General Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.

Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in America® 2013-14;
Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors 2009-2015

Research Interests

Gastrointestinal cancers


  1. Bleicher RJ, Sigurdson ER.   Breast Cancer. Conclusions.  Curr Probl Cancer. 2012 Sep-Oct;36(5):325. doi: 10.1016/j.currproblcancer.2012.06.007. Epub 2012 Aug 9.  No abstract available.  PMID:22884727
  2. Nitkorski J, Willis A, Farma J, Zhu F, Nick D, Sigurdson E,  Association of Race and Socioeconomic Status and Outcomes with Patients with Rectal Cancer, Ann Surg Oncol. -2013 Apr;20(4):1142-7, PMID:23334252
  3. Landry JC, Feng Y, Cohen SJ, Staley CA 3rd, Whittington R, Sigurdson ER, Nimeriri, H, Verma U, Prabhu RS, Benson AB.   Phase II Study of Preoperative Radiation with Concurrent Capecitabine, Oxaliplatin, and Bevacizumab Followed by Surgery and Postoperative 5-Fluorouracil, Leucovorin, Oxaliplatin (FOLFOX), and Bevacizumab in Patients with Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer; ECOG 3204.  Cancer, 2013 Apr 15;119(8):1521-7  PMID:23288663
  4. Loveland-Jones CE, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Egleston BL, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ.  
    Patterns of nodal staging during breast conservation surgery in the Medicare patient:
    Will the ACOSOG Z0011 trial change the pattern of care?   Breast Cancer Research
    and Treatment, 2014 Feb;143(3):571-7  PMID:24442687
  5. Thomay AA, Nagorney DM, Cohen SJ, Sigurdson ER, Truty MJ, Burtness B, Hall MJ,
    Chun YS.   Modern Chemotherapy Mitigates Adverse Prognostic Effect of Regional Nodal Metastases in Stage IV Colorectal Cancer. 2014 Jan;18(1):69-74Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery PMID:24002765

  6. Silverman D, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Egleston BL, Goldstein LJ, Wong YN, Boraas M,
    Bleicher RJ.   Skin Involvement and Breast Cancer: Are T4b Lesions of All Sizes Created Equal? J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Apr 20, pil:S1072-7515(14)00340-8. doi: 10.1016/j_jamcollsurg.2014.04.003   PMID:25026875
  7. Nardello SM, Kulkarni N, Aggon A, Boraas M, Sigurdson ER, Bleicher RJ.  Invasive
    Mucinous Carcinoma Arising in Ectopic Axillary Breast Tissue.  A Case Report and Review of the Literature,  Am J Case Rep 2015: 16:153-159  DOI 10.12659/AJCR.892650
  8. Bleicher, Richard J, Ruth, Karen J, Sigurdson, Elin R, Beck, J. Robert, Ross, Eric, Wong, Yu-Ning, Patel, Sameer A, Boraas, Marcia, Chang, Eric, Topham, Neal S. Egleston, Brian.  Time to Surgery and Breast Cancer Survival in the United States:  JAMA Oncology.  In pres
  9. Benson III A B, Chakravarthy A Bapsi, Hamilton S, Sigurdson ER; Cancers of the Colon and Rectum; A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management, Chapter 9: Pages 161-163 (demosMedical 2013)
  10. Sigurdson, Elin; Young Oncologist Essay Awards (Moderator),  American Radium Society 95th Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ.,  April 29, 2013
  11. Sigurdson,Elin; Great Debates: Follow-up after Colorectal Surgery: Wasting Resources,  67th Annual SSO Cancer Symposium, Phoenix, AZ. , March 15, 2014
  12. Sigurdson, Elin; Challenges and Controversies: Surgical Management of Stage IV Colorectal Cancer, “Primary Tumor Resection in Unresectable Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Does Anyone Benefit?”, The American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Annual Meeting, Hollywood, Florida,  May 20, 2014