Acting Chief
Kevin A. Camphausen, M.D.

Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute

Building 10-CRC, Room 4-5740
Bethesda, MD 20892-1201
240.858.3610

About Our Program


The Surgical Oncology Program conducts laboratory and clinical studies to better understand the etiology and clinical course of cancer, develop new techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and establish new therapies for patients. The program provides surgical care for NIH Clinical Center patients with surgical disorders and trains surgery residents in surgical oncology research and cancer immunotherapy with a combined laboratory, patient care and clinical trials experience.


  • Refer a patientReferrals

    Contact us by calling 240-858-3610 or by email at foregut@mail.nih.gov

  • clinical trialsClinical Trials

    Our trials focus on treating stomach, pancreas and hepatobiliary cancers.

  • Surgeons workingNIH Foregut Team

    Our team delivers high-quality care to patients in the setting of innovative clinical trials for tumors of the foregut. Learn more

  • Surgical Oncology Research FellowshipFellowship

    The Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship combines bench-side research in surgical oncology with training in clinical research through patient care. Learn more


Patient Services


Dr. Jeremy Davis and a group of women surgeonsAs part of our multidisciplinary approach to patient care, we provide a number of natural history and treatment protocols for cancers.  For instance, we offer innovative surgical procedures, molecular analysis of tumors, and targeted drug therapies.  Patients are provided guidance and assistance with appointments, travel, counseling and social support. We believe it is important to collaborate with our patients' primary care physicians in order to provide expert continuity of care. Before visiting, patients may be asked to provide medical records, disks with scans or x-ray studies and a list of medications.  Important facts for our patients:

  • Consultations are provided at no cost to the patient
  • After a patient is accepted onto a study, treatments and tests performed at NIH are also no cost to the patient
  • NIH does not cover the cost of medical services provided at other facilities
  • We are located in Bethesda, Maryland, approximately 8 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
  • Our clinics are located in the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10)
  • Visitor information is available at NIH Clinical Center 

Questions?  Visit NIH Clinical Research Trials and You.

Make an Appointment

Contact us by phone at 240-858-3610 or by e-mail at foregut@mail.nih.gov

Our oncology nurses, nurse practitioners and patient care coordinators can help you understand the rationale behind our clinical trials. Their knowledge and expertise helps guide patients and their families through our clinical protocols and provides reassurance by carefully explaining treatment plans. When surgery is indicated, state-of-the-art procedures are explained by surgeons with expertise in the field of oncology. Skilled physicians and allied professionals in genetics, nutrition, pharmacology, nuclear imaging, interventional radiology and gastroenterology are all part of the multi-disciplinary management of our patients.

Doctors looking at a patient's scans


Our Teams



Our Research Interests


  • Dr. Kevin A. Camphausen is Acting Chief of the Surgical Oncology Program and Chief of the Radiation Oncology Branch. He studies the interaction of novel drugs and radiotherapy in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) in the laboratory using preclinical model systems and in the clinic through clinical trials.

  • Dr. Jonathan M. Hernandez is a surgical oncologist and hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon whose research efforts focus on elucidating the mechanisms through which tumor cells coopt the microenvironment of distant organs to form life-threatening metastases in order to interrupt this process prior to its completion. 

  • Dr. Jeremy L. Davis is a surgical oncologist with clinical research interest in tumors of the stomach, pancreas, liver and bile ducts. His research efforts currently are aimed at understanding drivers of metastasis in stomach cancers by examining alteration in cell signaling.

  • Dr. Naris Nilubol has expertise in both endocrine oncology surgery and general surgery.

  • Dr. Dhavel Patel specializes in endocrine surgery; his research interests focus on identifying diagnostic and prognostic markers for endocrine tumors.  

About


About Our Program


The Surgical Oncology Program conducts laboratory and clinical studies to better understand the etiology and clinical course of cancer, develop new techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and establish new therapies for patients. The program provides surgical care for NIH Clinical Center patients with surgical disorders and trains surgery residents in surgical oncology research and cancer immunotherapy with a combined laboratory, patient care and clinical trials experience.


  • Refer a patientReferrals

    Contact us by calling 240-858-3610 or by email at foregut@mail.nih.gov

  • clinical trialsClinical Trials

    Our trials focus on treating stomach, pancreas and hepatobiliary cancers.

  • Surgeons workingNIH Foregut Team

    Our team delivers high-quality care to patients in the setting of innovative clinical trials for tumors of the foregut. Learn more

  • Surgical Oncology Research FellowshipFellowship

    The Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship combines bench-side research in surgical oncology with training in clinical research through patient care. Learn more

For Patients


Patient Services


Dr. Jeremy Davis and a group of women surgeonsAs part of our multidisciplinary approach to patient care, we provide a number of natural history and treatment protocols for cancers.  For instance, we offer innovative surgical procedures, molecular analysis of tumors, and targeted drug therapies.  Patients are provided guidance and assistance with appointments, travel, counseling and social support. We believe it is important to collaborate with our patients' primary care physicians in order to provide expert continuity of care. Before visiting, patients may be asked to provide medical records, disks with scans or x-ray studies and a list of medications.  Important facts for our patients:

  • Consultations are provided at no cost to the patient
  • After a patient is accepted onto a study, treatments and tests performed at NIH are also no cost to the patient
  • NIH does not cover the cost of medical services provided at other facilities
  • We are located in Bethesda, Maryland, approximately 8 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
  • Our clinics are located in the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10)
  • Visitor information is available at NIH Clinical Center 

Questions?  Visit NIH Clinical Research Trials and You.

Make an Appointment

Contact us by phone at 240-858-3610 or by e-mail at foregut@mail.nih.gov

Our oncology nurses, nurse practitioners and patient care coordinators can help you understand the rationale behind our clinical trials. Their knowledge and expertise helps guide patients and their families through our clinical protocols and provides reassurance by carefully explaining treatment plans. When surgery is indicated, state-of-the-art procedures are explained by surgeons with expertise in the field of oncology. Skilled physicians and allied professionals in genetics, nutrition, pharmacology, nuclear imaging, interventional radiology and gastroenterology are all part of the multi-disciplinary management of our patients.

Doctors looking at a patient's scans

Teams


Our Teams


For Trainees

Our Science


Our Research Interests


  • Dr. Kevin A. Camphausen is Acting Chief of the Surgical Oncology Program and Chief of the Radiation Oncology Branch. He studies the interaction of novel drugs and radiotherapy in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) in the laboratory using preclinical model systems and in the clinic through clinical trials.

  • Dr. Jonathan M. Hernandez is a surgical oncologist and hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon whose research efforts focus on elucidating the mechanisms through which tumor cells coopt the microenvironment of distant organs to form life-threatening metastases in order to interrupt this process prior to its completion. 

  • Dr. Jeremy L. Davis is a surgical oncologist with clinical research interest in tumors of the stomach, pancreas, liver and bile ducts. His research efforts currently are aimed at understanding drivers of metastasis in stomach cancers by examining alteration in cell signaling.

  • Dr. Naris Nilubol has expertise in both endocrine oncology surgery and general surgery.

  • Dr. Dhavel Patel specializes in endocrine surgery; his research interests focus on identifying diagnostic and prognostic markers for endocrine tumors.