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Elin R. Sigurdson, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS (C)

E.R. Sigurdson, MD, PhD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Master Clinician

Director, Surgical Research

 

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2021
Surgery

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.

 

Follow on Twitter: @FCCCSurgOnc

Education and Training

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

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Hepatobiliary Cancers Panel
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Surgical Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Executive Council

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2009-20
  • Main Line Today Top Doctors, 2018-2019
  • Best Doctors in America® , 2013-14, 2019-2020, Surgical Oncology
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2017
Patient Stories

Andrea Snyder

Breast Cancer

Andrea Snyder

Breast Cancer

I had a lumpectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2006 after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Five years later I was cancer free and feeling good. I had continued to go back to Fox Chase for follow-up care, even though it is a 2-hour drive from my home in Stroudsburg, PA.

Tracy Gatto

Breast Cancer

Tracy Gatto

Breast Cancer

In 2011 at the age of 28, Tracy Gatto learned she had breast cancer after she discovered a lump in her breast. She sought a second opinion from a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center and immediately felt that was where she wanted to seek treatment. Tracy underwent chemotherapy, followed by surgery and reconstruction. Because of the BRCA1 genetic mutuation she most likely inherited from her father, Tracy had increased risk of ovarian cancer. She worked with the Risk Assessment Program, where she was referred to a surgical gynecologist to discuss the possibility of undergoing a prophylactic oophorectomy to remove her ovaries. Today, Tracy is doing well and even took part in Paws for the Cause, an annual dog walk and fundraiser hosted by Fox Chase, to give back. "It really takes a special person to work at Fox Chase. Everyone I met had a smile on their face and was incredibly positive," she said. "As a receptionist, I knew it can be a struggle to stay positive all day long. It’s hard to make cancer a positive experience, but I never left feeling discouraged."

Jane Tervooren

Breast Cancer

Jane Tervooren

Breast Cancer

Jane Tervooren knows all too well how precious life can be. As the marketing director of one of the largest fertility practices in New Jersey, she watches women who struggle with getting pregnant and who want nothing more than to experience the miracle of childbirth. She also knows how fragile life can be after losing her mother and grandmother too soon to ovarian cancer.

Jane's mother was successfully treated for breast cancer when she was 49, but 14 years later lost her life to ovarian cancer. Jane's grandmother also lost her battle with ovarian cancer at the age of 53.

Deena Dell

Breast Cancer

Deena Dell

Breast Cancer

If you think breast cancer is only diagnosed in stages I, II, III or IV, think again. Deena Damsky Dell, MSN, RN-BC, AOCN(R), can tell you, "Stage 0 breast cancer is really cancer."

After an extensive career in nursing education and oncology critical care, Fox Chase recruited Deena in 2000 as a full-time clinical nurse specialist and director of the RN Graduate Transition Program, where she trains new nurses in oncology.

Deborah Davis Huberfeld

Breast Cancer

Deborah Davis Huberfeld

Breast Cancer

In 1999, Deborah Davis Huberfeld and her husband, Stan, were busy running their own businesses and raising a pair of toddlers, Sarah (4) and Jesse (18 months). Not long after Stan sold his printing business and started working for the new owners, their lives turned upside down. Deborah noticed a bruise on her breast that wouldn’t go away, but there was no lump. “I had ropey breasts so I didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary,” she said.

Pages

Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Breast cancer
Publications

Selected Publications

Esposito AC, Crawford J, Sigurdson ER, Handorf EA, Hayes SB, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Omission of radiotherapy after breast conservation surgery in the postneoadjuvant setting. Journal of Surgical Research, 221:49-57, 2018. PMC5729922

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

Ratings

134 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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  • 4.7

23 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    May 23, 2021
    excelent care from doctor and staff
  • 5.0
    May 06, 2021
    I feel that I received excellent treatment and care from Dr. Sigurdson and the other staff at Fox Chase.
  • 5.0
    May 02, 2021
    Dr. Sigurdson is a high-level professional and I am so glad to be her patient. I would highly recommend Dr. Sigurdson to anyone.
  • No Star Ratings Available April 28, 2021
    Very bad experience from beginning to end.
  • 5.0
    April 16, 2021
    I have been going to Dr. Sigurdson for years. She is excellent.
  • 5.0
    April 03, 2021
    I've been a patient of Dr Sigurdson 16 years and I wouldnt trade her for the world. she is the BEST IN MY BOOK.
  • 5.0
    March 26, 2021
    All staff of Fox Chase Cancer Center has good skills. all of them are respectful and courteous. And definitely Dr. Elin Sigurdson is a best surgeon of Fox Chase!
  • 5.0
    March 05, 2021
    thank you for the dedication to your patients
  • 5.0
    February 27, 2021
    would like to give a huge thank you to Fox Chase and my Dr for working me in early. We come from [...] and sometimes we get there plenty early, trying to allow travel time.
  • 5.0
    December 28, 2020
    Excellent medical service.
  • 5.0
    December 18, 2020
    Dr Sigurdson and her team is exceptional. They are professional and efficient, while providing caring and unrushed service. I'm extremely thankful that I chose this team for my care.
  • 5.0
    November 21, 2020
    good
  • 5.0
    October 16, 2020
    Love my doctor and appreciate all you have done for me. God bless you all.
  • 5.0
    August 05, 2020
    I felt very confident with Dr. Elin Sigurdson & her team. They took the time to answer all my questions and it put me at ease with my decision.
  • 5.0
    August 03, 2020
    Dr. Sigurdson has excellent bed side matter - she listened, understood & answered all of my questions.
  • 5.0
    August 01, 2020
    I am very happy with my treatment at Fox Chase. my provider is wonderful and I would certainly recommend her to any of my friends.
  • 5.0
    July 26, 2020
    Excellent experience, as always, even the current Covid-19 world.
  • 5.0
    June 29, 2020
    My experience is always a friendly and a concern environment.
  • 5.0
    June 25, 2020
    Have seen Dr. Sigurdson for the past 24 years and she is the best. She is very caring.
  • 5.0
    June 19, 2020
    will be eternally grateful to Dr. Sigurdson for saving my life!
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