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John Hoffman, MD, FACS

John Hoffman, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Key Awards

  • Best Doctors in America® 2014
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2009-2014

Treatment Philosophy

I joined Fox Chase in 1986. I entered the field of surgical oncology because it was the field in the mid-1970s that was most interesting to me and the one that needed the most work. When my father developed a metastatic colon cancer in 1978, I was given further motivation to work in this field. This happened when I was in my first year of Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. While there, I took an extra year of training in pancreatic and liver surgery.

My first job after fellowship was as the Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Loyola University School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. After 6 years there, I moved to Fox Chase, where I could concentrate fully on the treatment and the advancement of treatment for cancer. Since that time, I have seen many wonderful advances in the treatment of many cancers.

Much of my time and effort over the past 30 years here have been spent on the development of the treatment for pancreatic cancer. While we still have a long way to go before this scourge is defeated, I can remember when doctors were against any treatment, surgery or other, for pancreatic cancer because it was so hopeless. We now have many different drugs that have activity against the cancer and are in the process of testing which ones are optimal, both in concert with surgical resection, or alone (when resection is neither possible nor feasible). I still see patients from whom I've resected pancreatic cancer 10 to 18 years ago!

Every day at Fox Chase is a pleasure for me. The entire hospital is composed of people who recognize that every patient is a special cancer fighter, and therefore they all are treated as unique individuals. It is this total institutional dedication, as well as my 30 years of cancer treatment experience, that should convince you to let us take care of you.

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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 
  • Resident, General Surgery, Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA 
  • MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 1970 

Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

Memberships

  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Panel
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American College of Surgeons

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America® 2014
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2009-2014
Patient Stories

Carol Stahl

Pancreatic Cancer

Carol Stahl

Pancreatic Cancer

I started feeling stomach pain during the Christmas season of 2014, but I felt sure it was related to heartburn. By New Year’s, however, I had developed changes in my urine and bowel movements. When I started researching my symptoms online, I saw that pancreatic cancer matched my symptoms. I quickly scheduled an appointment with my primary care doctor, who had previously scheduled blood work for me.

Louis Ciaverelli

Pancreatic Cancer

Louis Ciaverelli

Pancreatic Cancer

I was treated for pancreatic cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center in September 2000, and I have had no recurrence since that time. I attribute my success story to John Hoffman, MD, FACS, chief of pancreatic surgery at Fox Chase.

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow was active, maintained a healthy diet, and underwent genetic testing, followed by two double mastectomies and a hysterectomy. So she was shocked that even with all of these precautionary procedures that she still got breast cancer. Linda sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she met with her treatment team. After a long road, she is now cancer free and credits her survival to Fox Chase. "Where you start your cancer treatment really does make a difference," said Linda. "You have got to act with a sense of urgency because it can mean the difference between life and death. I unequivocally believe that I am alive today because I chose Fox Chase."

Laura Marblestone

Breast Cancer

Laura Marblestone

Breast Cancer

Because Laura Marblestone's mother lost her fight with breast cancer at the age of 43, Laura regularly performed breast self-exams. In 1991, she was diagnosed with encapsulated metastatic carcinoma, and a friend recommended she seek treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center. After a mestectomy and a round of chemotherapy, Laura was considered cancer free, but in 2006, she found a lump in her right breast; the cancer had returned. She underwent a second mastectomy, chemotherapy, and breast reconstructive surgery. "Even though it took me three months to recover, I would do it again in a heartbeat," she said. "The doctors at Fox Chase were thorough--they didn't leave a stone unturned."

Novella Lyons

Breast Cancer

Novella Lyons

Breast Cancer

Novella Lyons was well aware that women who have immediate relatives with breast cancer are at increased risk of developing the disease themselves. So when her mother died of breast cancer, Novella knew that breast cancer was a real threat.

In 1993, when Novella was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was treated at one of Philadelphia's large city hospitals.

Novella shared these thoughts with a friend who suggested she have her follow-up care with the doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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Research Profile

Research Interests

Translational and clinical research in pancreatic cancer. We have several trials here from looking at basic mechanisms of pancreatic cancer growth and genetic structures to trials in sequencing, types of adjuvant therapies and surgical treatments of pancreatic cancer.