Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncologists at the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. Vincent’s Medical Center are engaged in diagnosing, staging and treating a range of cancers. Their mission is to help you and your loved ones to better manage certain cancer-related symptoms.

Whether you or your loved ones are candidates for surgery depends on many factors. These factors include type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, and general health factors: age, physical fitness and other additional medical conditions. At St. Vincent’s, surgery may be combined with other cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. These nonsurgical treatments may be administered before surgery (neoadjuvant therapy) or after surgery (adjuvant therapy) to help prevent cancer growth, spread or recurrence.


Coordinated Team Approach

At St. Vincent’s, it is our collaborative decision-making as a team that sets us apart. Our number one priority is you, and we use that focus  to determine the best diagnosis and treatment options, our multidisciplinary team of specialists works together to achieve the best possible outcome for you or your loved ones.

Our multi-faceted approach to your care brings together experts in radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, radiology and integrative services. Applying their individual expertise to your particular type of cancer, our team determines the best course of treatment for you.


Multidisciplinary Surgical Team

There are many different forms of cancers. Our surgical oncology team is comprised of experts in a variety of surgical fields in order to better determine, evaluate and treat these cancers, including:

  • Breast
  • Endocrine
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Gynecology
  • Hepato-Pancreato-Billary (HPB)
  • Lung
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic
  • Thoracic
  • Urology

Plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, dermatologists, and oral surgeons also play vital roles in our surgical care of cancer patients. At St. Vincent’s, we offer many new techniques and technologies, including minimally invasive, robotic surgery (associated with shorter recovery and less postoperative pain) for the treatment of primary, advanced or recurrent cancers.


Meet our Oncologists:

Name Specialties Location
Siddiqui, Imran, MD 203.576.6000
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
Van Cott, Christine Elizabeth, MD 203.576.6000
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
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  • Bridgeport

Surgical Oncology