Dr. Cance's research interests focus on focal adhesion kinase (FAK), a critical survival signal in cancer and a promising therapeutic target being evaluated in several clinical trials using kinase enzyme inhibitors. He was the first researcher to clone human FAK in 1993 and demonstrate its overexpression in almost all human cancers. Today, Dr. Cance is homing in on the biology of FAK and developing anti-cancer drugs that target the signal. He also is interested in the role of FAK in integrating cancer cell signaling that enhances the survival mechanisms of cancer cells. An avid researcher, Dr. Cance is the principal investigator on a current R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) focusing on Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK). He has been awarded numerous other grants from the NCI and National Institutes of Health, as well as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Cance received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and was the chief resident in the Department of Surgery at Barnes Hospital Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. He also completed two fellowships, one in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the other in the Departments of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Cance holds eight U.S. patents, including a patent for kinase protein binding inhibitors and one for devices and methods for implementing endoscopic surgical procedures and instruments within a virtual environment. He also has four patents pending. Dr. Cance is past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology, a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, American Association for Cancer Research, American Surgical Association, Society of Clinical Surgery and American Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he served on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He also served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute. He is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and 10 book chapters, and is founding editor-in-chief of the Society of Surgical Oncology-branded database of Complex General Surgical Oncology.
My mission, along with the Dignity Health Medical Group, is to focus on innovative clinical care and the pursuit of excellence through scholarly activities. This allows me to provide patients with state-of-the-art patient services and exceptional patient experiences.
Dr. Cance's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in General Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Cance's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anal and Rectal Cancer
Anal or Rectal Pain
Cholecystitis and Gallstones
Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
Head and Neck Cancer
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
Partial Lung Collapse
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
Excision of Skin Lesion
Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Head and Neck Surgery
Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Duke University School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1982
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed
Meml Sloan Kettering Cancer
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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