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Elin R. Sigurdson, MD, PhD, FACS

E.R. Sigurdson, MD, PhD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Chief, Division of General Surgery

Head of Surgical Research

Associate Chief Academic Officer

Key Awards

  • Best Doctors in America® 2013, 2014
  • Philadelphia magazine Top Doctors, 2009-2015

Treatment Philosophy

I joined the surgical oncology department at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1992 as director of surgical research.

My specialty is surgical treatment of patients with colorectal and breast cancer. At Fox Chase, we have been improving techniques by performing laparoscopy to remove colorectal cancer, which allows patients an earlier return home and less pain. Our colorectal cancer patients are managed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians. Our advanced surgical techniques minimize the need for permanent colostomies for patients with rectal cancer and offer nerve preservation. This results in improved quality of life after surgery for those with rectal cancer.

Fox Chase is dedicated to providing multispecialty management of patients with colorectal and breast cancer. I enjoy being part of this team because what we do in surgery benefits our patients for the rest of their lives.

I am an active member of the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. At Fox Chase, I also serve as the co-director of the fellowship program, which provides expert training to new surgical oncologists.

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Educational Background

  • Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Resident, General Surgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • MD, University of Toronto School of Medicine, Ontario, Canada, 1980
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of London, England, 1976

Certifications

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

Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Executive Council
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • American Surgical Association

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America® 2013, 2014
  • Philadelphia magazine Top Doctors, 2009-2015

Jill Scheetz

Breast Cancer

Jill Scheetz

Breast Cancer

At the age of 37, in 2002, Jill Scheetz was just getting back into shape after the birth of her two daughters. She considered herself to be physically active and a healthy eater. "My only vice was a caffeinated iced tea almost every day," shared Jill. Although it doesn't sound terrible, her doctor recommended she stay away from caffeine because she had a benign tumor which was removed from her breast when she was 18. When her left breast began to hurt, Jill made an appointment for a mammogram (it had been five years since her last one).

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

Kathy Petrozelli

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer was always in the back of Kathy Petrozelli's mind. Her mother was treated for both breast and ovarian cancer. Knowing that family history raises a woman's risk of these cancers, Kathy had a mammogram every year since she turned 29.

David Juall

Kidney Cancer

David Juall

Kidney Cancer

In 2006, at age 51, David Juall was a healthy, active attorney, and a pilot, who enjoyed traveling and outdoor fun.  During a court proceeding in Bucks County, he had a medical emergency and was taken to a local community hospital. It turned out he needed an emergency appendectomy. As part of his treatment, CT scans were ordered. One of the doctors discovered a suspicious spot on one of his kidneys.

Nicole Holtz

Breast Cancer

Nicole Holtz

Breast Cancer

After several biopsies and a lumpectomy at her local hospital, Nicole Holtz did not feel confident that she was getting the treatment she needed for her diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) breast cancer. “I continued to have a discharge from my breast. The surgeon admitted he did not get all of the cancer and time was moving on,” recalled the mother of two young daughters. “My husband was really freaking out.” She had first felt a painful lump in her breast in February 2010, but she did not have a lumpectomy until November of the same year. 

Marlene Haney

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

Marlene Haney

Breast Cancer;  Colorectal Cancer

When Marlene Haney turned 60 in 2013 she decided the best gift she could give herself was a physical she had been putting off. Self–employed and without supplemental health insurance, she says she had not be in a position to see a doctor for over a decade. When her right breast became tender, she realized a trip to the doctor was necessary.

Pages

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Breast cancer

Selected Publications

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

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:S1072-515(14)00340-8. doi: 10.1016/j_jamcollsurg.2014.04.003   PMID:25026875

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Sigurdson, Elin; Young Oncologist Essay Awards (Moderator), American Radium Society 95th Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ,  April 29, 2013

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