Moderator: Nader N. Massarweh, MD, MPH, FACS, Seattle, WA
Co-Moderator: Robert P. Sticca, MD, FACS, Grand Forks, ND

A number of large, population-based studies have demonstrated better outcomes at high-volume centers for a variety of surgical procedures including pancreatectomy and esophagectomy. In the current era of market consolidation, many large health care systems are building surgical oncology programs that provide the necessary ancillary services and management strategies to deliver better outcomes in this patient population. These programs have been the focus of marketing campaigns, thereby influencing the decisions of patients, policymakers, and insurance companies.

Presentations and Speakers

Nader N. Massarweh, MD, FACS, Seattle, WA
Robert P. Sticca, MD, FACS, Grand Forks, ND

Pros of Regionalizing Surgical Oncology Care
Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, FACS, Ann Arbor, MI

Cons of Regionalizing Surgical Oncology Care
Michael D. Sarap, MD, FACS, Cambridge, OH

Veteran Affairs as a Model for Regionalizing Surgical Oncology Care
Kamal M. F. Itani, MD, FACS, West Roxbury, MA

Regionalization in Other Countries: Does it Work?
David R. Urbach, MD, FACS, Toronto, ON