by Toni Pogue
Lawrence Wagman, M.D., director of the Liver Tumor Program at City of Hope, was recently elected vice president of the Southern California chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) at the organization’s annual meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif.
“Leadership positions in the regional chapters of the ACOS provide a venue for improving and distributing surgical care while confirming the ACOS’ commitment to the highest level of skill and ethics,” said Wagman.
Wagman’s oncologic surgical expertise includes surgery for breast, head and neck, liver and gastrointestinal cancer, as well as issues unique to bone marrow transplant patients. As the director of the Liver Tumor Program, Wagman oversees the growing clinical and research sections of the program, which includes delivery of the latest multidisciplinary care to patients, such as radiofrequency ablation and robotic surgery.
Known for his expertise in liver pump therapy, Wagman performed the first-ever robotic assisted hepatic artery pump placement procedure last year, along with Alessio Pigazzi, M.D., Ph.D., section head of minimally invasive surgery.
The National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society have funded Wagman’s research.
ACOS, founded in 1913, is dedicated to raising the standards of surgical practice and improving the care of the surgical patient, with the core value of ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.