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Heather Player Profile

Heather Player, M.D.

Surgical Oncologist
Clinical Expertise
  • Breast Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Soft Tissue Tumors (Melanoma)
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery

Clinical Teams

Heather Player, M.D. understands that illness can be a time of great fear and doubt for patients, as well as an opportunity for courage and compassion.“It's the greatest reward to be chosen to take this journey with a patient,” she says.
Dr. Player is keenly interested in the treatment of breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer, as well as soft tissue tumors like melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. 
Before medical school, Dr. Player earned degrees in Public Health and Secondary Education, then taught science in the New York City public school system. She received her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. During her residency at Stamford Hospital she was named Connecticut State Champion in a Surgical Skills Competition.
Dr. Player joined our staff after completing a City of Hope surgical oncology fellowship. She calls City of Hope “a community where compassion and science live hand-in-hand. A passion for cure thrives here.”


44151 15th St. West

Lancaster, CA 93534

Journal Publications
  • Heather Player, Robert Babkowski, Xiang Dong. “A Cautionary Case: Adrenal Insufficiency after Unilateral Adrenalectomy for Adrenalcortical Carcinoma.” World Journal of Endocrine Surgery 7, 1 (2015): 17-20.\
  • Kamal Addagatla, Heather Player, Elise McKenna, Neeta Chaudhary. “Comparing the Risk Profiles of Intracranial Hemorrhage Seen on Initial Computerized Tomography Scans in Patients Who Fall on Warfarin or Other Antithrombotic Therapy.”  Connecticut Medicine 79, 2 (2015): 150.
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