Oncology Faculty


Salem, Ronald R

Section Chief

Lapman Professor of Surgery (Oncology) and Professor of Diagnostic Radiology; Section Chief, Surgical Oncology

Biography

Ronald R. Salem, MD earned his medical degree from University of Rhodesia and is a Board Certified Surgeon. Passionate about improving the lives of patients with cancer, he is committed to advancing medical and surgical treatment and integrating the latest techniques and minimally invasive surgery in his clinical practice. He is one of the few surgeons in Connecticut with a high volume practice performing the Whipple procedure. Dr. Salem specializes in malignant and pre-malignant diseases of...

Ronald R. Salem, MD earned his medical degree from University of Rhodesia and is a Board Certified Surgeon. Passionate about improving the lives of patients with cancer, he is committed to advancing medical and surgical treatment and integrating the latest techniques and minimally invasive surgery in his clinical practice. He is one of the few surgeons in Connecticut with a high volume practice performing the Whipple procedure. Dr. Salem specializes in malignant and pre-malignant diseases of the pancreas, liver and biliary system, the gall bladder, stomach, colon and rectum, lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract as well as liver tumors in pregnant women. His research includes a special focus on optimizing clinical outcomes in patients undergoing pancreatic surgery, combined modality therapy for esophageal cancer and the management of benign and malignant liver tumors. He has received many honors and recognitions, including The Best Doctors, N.Y. Metro Area annually for over ten years; Best Doctors in Connecticut and Top Minimally Invasive Surgeons, NY Metro Area. He was recently awarded the prestigious David and Cindy Lefell Award for clinical excellence, the Yale New Haven Hospital Heroes Award, the Smilow Cancer Center Clinical Award the Alvin Feinstein Teaching Award and has received the Chief Resident in Surgery Teaching Award on seven separate occasions.

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Cha, Charles H

Associate Professor of Surgery (Oncology and Gastrointestinal)

Biography

Charles H. Cha, MD, FACS earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and is a Board Certified Surgeon. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. He is dedicated to advancing surgical techniques for removing tumors and advancing medical knowledge about tumor growth. In his practice, he continually integrates the latest in minimally invasive techniques and surgical technology to provide better outcomes for his patients. Dr....

Charles H. Cha, MD, FACS earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and is a Board Certified Surgeon. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. He is dedicated to advancing surgical techniques for removing tumors and advancing medical knowledge about tumor growth. In his practice, he continually integrates the latest in minimally invasive techniques and surgical technology to provide better outcomes for his patients. Dr. Cha is one of the few surgeons in the region with considerable experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for liver and stomach tumors.

He specializes in benign and malignant diseases of the liver, esophagus, stomach, colon, and pancreas. He currently serves as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Hepatopancreatobiliary Program with an specific interest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for the liver, pancreas and stomach.

Dr. Cha has established an active research laboratory studying the effects of angiogenesis on colorectal and liver malignancy using gene-silencing techniques to silence angiogenic factors leading to decreased tumor growth. His clinical research includes the determination of the diagnostic and therapeutic utility of angiogenic inhibitors for treatment of colorectal and liver cancers. In addition, he is involved in clinical outcomes research in surgery for liver, gastric, esophageal, and colorectal malignancy using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database as well as the Connecticut Tumor Registry.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research and teaching, including the American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Award and the Ohse Surgical Research Award.

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Chagpar, Anees B.

Associate Professor of Surgery (Oncology); Director, The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven; Program Director, Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship; Assistant Director, Diversity and Health Equity at Yale Cancer Center

Biography

Anees is the Director of The Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at Yale University, and Assistant Director for Diversity/Health Equity at Yale Cancer Center. Born and raised in Canada, she completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and...

Anees is the Director of The Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at Yale University, and Assistant Director for Diversity/Health Equity at Yale Cancer Center. Born and raised in Canada, she completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to complete the Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health and an MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville. After fellowship, she joined the University of Louisville as Assistant Professor of Surgery, rising rapidly through the ranks to Associate Professor with tenure and Academic Advisory Dean. She built the first nationally accredited Breast Center in Kentucky at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center prior to being recruited to Yale in September 2010 where she led the effort for Yale to become the first NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Northeast to have a nationally accredited breast center. She is a busy breast surgical oncologist who participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research. She enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, and is passionate about leadership, having completed an MBA for Executives with a focus on Leadership in Healthcare at Yale’s School of Management in 2014.


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Han, Dale

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Biography

Dale Han, MD earned his undergraduate and medical degrees through the Scholars for Medicine combined medical program at SUNY at Stony Brook. He completed his general surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Board Certified surgeon. He subsequently completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Han also completed post-doctoral research fellowships in surgical oncology at the Hospital of the University of...

Dale Han, MD earned his undergraduate and medical degrees through the Scholars for Medicine combined medical program at SUNY at Stony Brook. He completed his general surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Board Certified surgeon. He subsequently completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Han also completed post-doctoral research fellowships in surgical oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Moffitt Cancer Center. During his research fellowships, Dr. Han looked at ways to improve response rates to isolated limb perfusion therapy in a melanoma xenograft model, examined the molecular pathways utilized by melanoma cells to gain resistance to BRAF-directed therapy and studied the clinical outcomes of patients with melanomas, sarcomas and endocrine tumors. His research, particularly in the field of melanoma, has led to publications in prominent oncology journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Annals of Surgical Oncology and has led to several awards, most recently the Trainee Award for Outstanding Presentation at the 2013 Joint International Oncology Congress.

Dr. Han specializes in melanomas and soft tissue tumors. He is committed to improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with these cancers and is dedicated to advancing both the surgical management and multi-modality treatment of these tumors. Dr. Han’s research interests include clinical outcomes and gene expression profiling to determine prognostic and predictive biomarkers correlated with disease progression, treatment response and survival in patients diagnosed with melanoma and sarcoma.

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Horowitz, Nina Ruth

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Biography

Dr. Horowitz graduated from Columbia University and did her General Surgery residency at Yale University. One of the first women in her residency class, she went on to build and sustain a thriving practice in New Haven and joined the faculty at Yale in 2010 where she has focused solely on breast cancer. She has over 25 years of experience in surgery and is one...

Dr. Horowitz graduated from Columbia University and did her General Surgery residency at Yale University. One of the first women in her residency class, she went on to build and sustain a thriving practice in New Haven and joined the faculty at Yale in 2010 where she has focused solely on breast cancer. She has over 25 years of experience in surgery and is one of the most respected surgeons in the region.

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Khan, Sajid A

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Biography

Sajid A. Khan, MD earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He completed general surgery training at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR and Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore in the Bronx, NY. He also completed research and clinical fellowships in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY and The University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago,...

Sajid A. Khan, MD earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He completed general surgery training at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR and Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore in the Bronx, NY. He also completed research and clinical fellowships in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY and The University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He is a Board Certified Surgeon.

As a surgical oncologist, Dr. Khan is dedicated to improving the lives of patients with cancer through his clinical practice and research endeavors. His clinical practice specializes in the surgical management of patients with benign and malignant tumors of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, stomach, colon, and rectum. Additionally he treats individuals diagnosed with soft tissue sarcomas of the retroperitoneum and extremities. His commitment to the care of his patients incorporates a multidisciplinary team approach in addition to state of the art minimally invasive surgical techniques. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Khan is also involved in clinical translational research studying cancer metastasis. Using molecular and clinical markers, he identifies patients with a limited number of metastases (oligometastasis) who will benefit from curative local therapies, including surgical resection. Dr. Khan has been recognized for excellence in both clinical care and research in oncology.

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Killelea, Brigid

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Biography

Dr. Killelea earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University prior to graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She proceeded to do her General Surgery Residency at New York City’s St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center followed by a dual fellowship in breast surgical oncology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt / Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. Since agreeing to join the Yale faculty in 2009, her partnership with prominent domestic /...

Dr. Killelea earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University prior to graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She proceeded to do her General Surgery Residency at New York City’s St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center followed by a dual fellowship in breast surgical oncology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt / Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. Since agreeing to join the Yale faculty in 2009, her partnership with prominent domestic / international peers has earned her the reputation as a clinical innovator and leading voice within the breast surgery community.

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Lannin, Donald R

Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Biography

Dr. Lannin graduated from the University of Minnesota where he also completed his General Surgery residency and went on to do a fellowship in oncology funded by the National Institutes of Health. He rose through the ranks to Professor of Surgery at East Carolina University and joined the faculty at Yale in 2002. With nearly 30 years of experience in surgery, he has been instrumental in building The Breast Center -- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, serving as its Executive Director...

Dr. Lannin graduated from the University of Minnesota where he also completed his General Surgery residency and went on to do a fellowship in oncology funded by the National Institutes of Health. He rose through the ranks to Professor of Surgery at East Carolina University and joined the faculty at Yale in 2002. With nearly 30 years of experience in surgery, he has been instrumental in building The Breast Center -- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, serving as its Executive Director from 2002 to 2010.

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