Dr. Cataldo Doria has been named medical director of the Capital Health Cancer Center at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.
Doria is an internationally renowned surgeon who specializes in the treatment of patients with benign conditions and cancer of the liver, pancreas and bile duct. He comes to Capital Health from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where he served as the surgical director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Liver Tumor Center at Jefferson Medical College and director of the Jefferson Transplant Institute.
“Many of our area’s surgeons and gastroenterologists have worked with Dr. Doria in the past, and can speak to his academic level of expertise in the area of liver and pancreas cancers,” said Al Maghazehe, president and CEO of Capital Health. “Dr. Doria brings our region the same, unmatched experience in advanced surgical treatment of benign conditions and cancers of the digestive tract without having to travel to cities like Philadelphia and New York. As director of our Cancer Center, his significant contributions to advancing cancer care and research on the national and international stage will continue to guide our center’s continued emergence as a leader in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.”
As director of the Capital Health Cancer Center, Doria will oversee clinical operations including disease specific clinical performance groups, clinical research and cancer care advancements to ensure widespread access to the best possible patient care and outcomes.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand Capital Health’s cancer care program and become part of the Center’s stellar team,” said Doria. “In addition to the advanced technology, I’m particularly impressed by the team’s committment to the communities is serves through cancer education and prevention. I am thrilled to contribute to this effort and deliver emerging treatments that were once considered unthinkable.”
Doria received his medical degree at University of Perugia School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency. He completed a research fellowship and a clincial fellowship at the Pittsburgh Transplantation Institute, part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. Doria also completed a clinical fellowship in living donor liver transplantation at the Organ Transplantation Center, part of Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea.
Doria performs innovative procedures to treat benign conditions and cancers in the liver, pancreas and bile duct, including but not limited to:
Bloodless Liver Surgery: An ultrasonic device suctions out liver cells, immediately followed by a probe that uses hot, sterile water to seal the liver’s blood vessels upon contact. This means significantly reduced surgical and recovery times (complete recovery within a little as one month).
Liver Auto-Transplantation: In cases where patients have liver cancer that is too extensive to be removed while the liver is in the body, Doria and his team can remove the liver, remove the cancer and reimplant the healthy portion of the organ.
Robotic-Assisted Hepatobiliary Surgery: With the minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery System, Doria uses miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera that are inserted through small incisions (roughly the size of a dime). Working at the da Vinci console, Doria’s hand movements are translated into precise actions that remove cancer in the liver, pancreas and bile duct. These procedures also require less anesthesia than major, open surgery, which means patients are at even less risk for complications.
In addition to his cutting-edge clinical work, Doria has held faculty positions at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Temple University College of Science & Technology, IsMETT – UPMC Italy, the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA), and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
His surgical practice will be part of the Capital Health Surgical Group, located in Suite 356 in the Medical Office Building at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 609-537-6000.
To learn more about Capital Health Cancer Center, visit capitalhealth.org/cancer.