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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

Robert Sklar

Colorectal Cancer

Robert Sklar

Colorectal Cancer

In February, 2014, Robert Sklar believed that he was “indestructible.” At 70, he had never had any serious illnesses, was rarely sick and did not take any medications. But, when he returned from Las Vegas feeling exhausted and not himself, Robert made an appointment with his family doctor. She ordered blood work and conducted a general physical. “My hemoglobin count was 6 and should have been 12.  She referred me to my local community hospital for my first ever colonoscopy,” he recalls.

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.

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

  • 4.9
  • 4.9
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  • 5.0
  • 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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