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

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton-Hospital Outpatient Center
2701 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401


Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Master Clinician

Director, Surgical Research

TRDG Member, Breast CancerColorectal and SI CancerEsophagus, Pancreas, and Liver Cancer

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2020

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


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


  • 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

Todd Jackman

Colorectal Cancer

Todd Jackman

Colorectal Cancer

Todd Jackman had no reason to suspect anything was seriously wrong with his health. At 49, the Villanova professor of biology was in the prime of his life.  His wife convinced him to see their family doctor, who suggested that Todd get a colonoscopy. It was Stage 2 colorectal cancer. Todd was urged to see an oncologist to learn what his treatment options were.

Linda Angello

Breast Cancer

Linda Angello

Breast Cancer

In October of 2004, Linda had her annual routine mammogram and was asked to return for a "re-test." The request did not surprise her, as this had happened before and each time it had been nothing - just a precaution.


Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Breast cancer

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



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  • 4.5
    May 27, 2020
    I had a very good relationship with the Doctor.she and her team were very informative and caring.
  • 5.0
    May 27, 2020
    Love Dr. Sigurdson and her whole staff! [...]
  • 5.0
    April 16, 2020
    Excellent care.
  • 5.0
    March 19, 2020
    I wish Dr. Sigurdson and her team wellness and happiness! Thank you for all!
  • 5.0
    March 03, 2020
    Top notch the very best care !!!!!!!
  • 5.0
    January 20, 2020
    This was a good experience.
  • 5.0
    January 13, 2020
    I love Dr. Sigurdson!!!
  • 5.0
    December 11, 2019
    This was a very good experience. This was a past surgery follow-up (1 yr.)
  • 5.0
    October 29, 2019
    Always a good experience with this provider.
  • 5.0
    October 21, 2019
    very nice doctor and easy to talk to
  • 5.0
    October 17, 2019
    very good
  • 5.0
    October 17, 2019
    dDr. Sigurdson is WONDERFUL!!!
  • 4.5
    October 15, 2019
    The staff and particularly Dr. Elin Sigurdson are exceptional. Dr. Sigurdson is both renowned and expert in her field. [...]
  • 5.0
    October 13, 2019
    my experience was excellent [...]
  • 5.0
    October 10, 2019
    It is always pleasurable to meet Dr. Sigurdson and [...] for the 6 mo. check-ups very personable and professional.
  • 5.0
    September 24, 2019
    Top notch.
  • 5.0
    September 03, 2019
    I feel very fortunate to have this team caring for me.
  • 5.0
    August 28, 2019
    My appointment was an annual visit for post cancer surgery follow up. I always receive exceptional care from Dr. Sigurdson and the entire staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
  • 5.0
    August 13, 2019
    I love Dr. Sigurdson!
  • 5.0
    July 31, 2019
    Fox Chase in general and Dr. Sigurdson in particular are outstanding!

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